posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm
dead bees still sting

dead bees still sting

far arching shore of my heaven

soon i will be sucked into the sky

a shell whispered to me on the forlorn afternoon

scarlet and i walked and talked

this otherworldly child god has rolled into my arms

placed under my protection

scarlet and i eat potato cakes

she is a child from another century

her heart on her sleeve and her steve

her pale blue eyes look into your head searching for irony and sarcasm

she says i love you dad at random and sometimes inappropriate moments

she talks quietly and slowly with a slightly adenoidal twang

like a cartoon character

we sit together

the old father

the young daughter

my arm round her shoulder

we are friends

an honour and privilege to have a kid like this

the sea is calm

i play some buddhist chanting

scarlet says

dad this music makes me feel calm

she plays quietly for a while in the courtyard

until its time to come inside

the child is a blessing

i am filled with gratitude

21 Responses to “afternoon with the other SK”

  1. avatar
    Eskaedor | 9 August 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Beautiful. Time shared with those we love is our most valuable treasure.

  2. avatar
    Chris | 9 August 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    “The soul is healed by being with children.” Old English proverb

    “Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” H W Beecher

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      thetimebeing | 10 August 2014 at 11:07 am #

      yes chris. this is the truth

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      Anonymous | 10 August 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      That could be a double edged sword saying.
      But yes they are a blessing and gift from God.

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    Steven Krut | 9 August 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Children are the antidote to the woes of the world. I hope the other sk writes songs as well.

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    david duchow | 9 August 2014 at 9:11 pm #


  5. avatar
    cheryl | 10 August 2014 at 3:09 am #

    you have the love and trust of such an extraordinary child and she will always bring you comfort

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    eekie | 10 August 2014 at 6:35 am #

    “she says i love you dad at random and sometimes inappropriate moments”

    Given a reasonably healthy relationship, I don’t think there are any inappropriate moments for a child to tell a parent “I love you”. (or vice versa)

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    veleska1970 | 10 August 2014 at 7:45 am #

    <3 <3 <3

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    Chris | 10 August 2014 at 10:44 am #

    “We consist of everything the world consists of, each of us, and just as our body contains the genealogical table of evolution as far back as the fish and even much further, so we bear everything in our soul that once was alive in the soul of men. Every god and devil that ever existed, be it among the Greeks, Chinese, or Zulus, are within us, exist as latent possibilities, as wishes, as alternatives. If the human race were to vanish from the face of the earth save for one halfway talented child that had received no education, this child would rediscover the entire course of evolution, it would be capable of producing everything once more, gods and demons, paradises, commandments, the Old and New Testament.”

    ― Hermann Hesse, Demian

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    Kerrie | 10 August 2014 at 11:47 am #

    When my son was eight years old I remember sitting at the piano with him and he said “Do you know what I really want to be when I grow up mum? He said “Adad, I really want to be a dad” <3

  10. avatar
    This World Hell | 10 August 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I don’t

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    Heather daydream | 10 August 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    x x x

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    This World Hell | 11 August 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    The only good thing I’ve ever done in my whole life was not have children.
    I have not inflicted life in this godawful sinkhole world onto an innocent child.
    I have not condemned a child to the pain, misery, poverty and despair that I and many others endured.
    I have spared a child the hell of carrying my dna and having me as a father.
    I have stopped the defective bloodline of my parents.
    All these things are victories.

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      thetimebeing | 12 August 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      i can respect that

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      Anonymous | 14 August 2014 at 3:22 pm #

      It is not our DNA that makes one defective in bringing misery pain or poverty upon a child or for that matter another human being. Often it is either the hardness of one’s heart or the wrong spirit operating within. Many who suffer from long term body impairments have many beautiful moments encompassed with the times of ill health (so to speak).
      I know another who refuses 2 have children because of difficulties with his own dad when he was growing up.. I do not know the circumstances of his situation. I do know his wife would have loved to have kids but accepted his decision. I also know he is too hard on himself. He is a beautiful man on the inside with a good nature which he would share beautifully as a dad with his kids.
      In some aspect I hear what you are saying. When I was of young adult age I chose not to have kids in this world for I somehow I knew instinctively the harm this world would do them.
      I say the mums are much stronger than me being able to cope with what this world does 2 babes.

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    Ingrid | 12 August 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Those moments with your child are magical. I look at my daughter and think I wish I could freeze time! When you look at them nothing else matters and they captivate you with their presence.

    I haven’t been on here for a while as no internet at home. Whenever I get the chance out I have a quick look at TTB and usually it is fairly rushed so I have really missed it. It was truly pleasing to read such a beautiful blog today and be able to appreciate it properly (now I have some internet back).

  14. avatar
    Dosty | 16 August 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    still a handsome man, chief. god luv ya!

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    David duchow | 9 October 2014 at 11:06 pm #


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