Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 28-Red Shirt and Khakis Forever-NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015

Today's prompt was to find a a favorite Terry Pratchett quote and turn it into a poem. I don't know if this is my favorite, but it stuck with me all day yesterday.

"Only in our dreams are we free.The rest of the time we need wages."~~Terry Pratchett

Red Shirt and Khakis Forever

The name tag on her red shirt
spelled Suzie,
but that was going to be changed
one day.
Cute and perky, she thought of herself
as a modern-day
Sandra Dee or Debbie Reynolds.
Her mother was an old movie buff.
Suzie had grown up on "Tammy",
"Gidget", "Singing in the Rain".
Everybody said she "had it"
that special something
that made her stand out
from the other high-schoolers
on the stage.
Her voice was really good.
People said she made them cry
in "Flowers for Algernon".
Money for the University
was not something she had.
Her grades were good.
The counselor said there were funds
for scholarships and grants.
But, her folks said that was charity.
They didn't take charity.
That was alright, though.
She had a job at the local Target.
She was saving money
to take some classes
at the junior college
in the next town over.

For more poetry with Terry Pratchett quotes, go here:http://magalyguerrero.com/in-the-beginning-there-was-nothing-which-exploded/
To see where we started:http://magalyguerrero.com/napowrimo-with-magaly-guerrero-2015/


  1. Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
    Man never is, but always to be blessed:
    The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
    – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

    I feel the hope. :-)

    1. She is young and that always helps. Thank you, Elena!

  2. OK, that made me a bit misty. I hope Suzie finds her bliss someday and doesn't let other folks create limitations for her.

    1. Thank you for letting it touch you, Rommy. I have hope for her, too.

  3. Aaaaw...I want her to go to Uni on a scholarship!!!...nothing grander than being perky in Khaki :D XXX

    1. We all root for the young, don't we? Thanks, Gina!

  4. This is really a captivating tale--most especially because you had me pulling for someone very unlike myself--that is good writing. I love the quote you worked with here, also.

    1. Thank you! She wanted to do better,just unsure how.

  5. I can see her packing her bags and doing her thing, dreaming herself free into reality, regardless of what anyone sees or not on her. You've given her such a wonderful setting, Sharon.

    Love that quote!

    1. Thank you! I hope she knows we are all rooting for her!

  6. Oh gosh! Oh...I hope she makes it. Every now and then, as a teacher, I came across parents I wanted to punch in the eye. Punch hard!

    1. It is horrible the things that the wrong kind of pride can do, or in this case, not do. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I truly hope she makes it! This really touched my heart!

    1. Thank you,Stacy! I hope she makes it, too!