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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A poem on the essence of a story. (Written about two years ago.)



“Mother,” a young girl asks
“What is a story?”
Her mother pauses
And turns to her child
And says,

A Story is alive
As are you and I.
A Story beats with the heart
Of all those who have strained an ear to listen.
On the breath of a Storyteller
A Story soars.
A Story is rushed with blood,
Layered with skin.
A Story is a child
Learning as it goes.
A Story is a mother
Caring, teaching, those
Who listen.

A bear cub asks his father
“What is a story?”
The big bear pauses
And turns to his child
And says,

A Story is a bee,
The caretaker of the honey,
Flying so straight and swift
You can only catch the hum of its passing.
A Story is a snake
That moves so slowly
It seems motionless
Curled up in the sun.
A Story can vanish
Like smoke in the wind
A Story can linger
Like perfume in a
Bear's nose.

I am a Storyteller,
But I have told no Story.
It waits to be told
Deep in my heart.
Dormant like a bear
In winter.
Patient, like a mother for her child.
It is my Story.
Whisper it now,
And remember the tale
I tell you
While the sun shines upon us.

Submitted: July 06, 2012

© Copyright 2021 Jett Watson. All rights reserved.

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You are indeed a story teller. We have lots on Booksie, but not all tell their stories with your skill.

Sun, July 22nd, 2012 4:47am


That is very high praise. I greatly appreciate it -- I think it must give every author a thrill to find that someone truly enjoys your writing. Better than Christmas morning.

Thu, July 26th, 2012 8:26pm


This is amazing! I have never read anyone who uses similies and such this well, and that includes Edgar Allen Poe, Yates, and Keats... combined! It's beautiful.

Tue, August 14th, 2012 12:40am


Thank you very much! I can't seem to stop smiling as I read your comment. I'm speechless -- and that's no easy matter. Thanks again!

Tue, August 14th, 2012 2:29pm

Kelly Marino

Jett, this is stunning. And you're absolutely right. Some stories are tangible like the honeybee; others are incorporeal and impossible to harness---until someone takes notice, sets the visions into words, and then passes them along to the next generation.

Either way, a story will not be rushed---only enjoyed when it is ready to be told.

Great poem!

Sun, August 19th, 2012 10:03pm


Thank you!! (Notice: TWO exclamation points. That's the equivalent to excited squealing in my exclamation-point-shy writing.) I do love stories. I spent a lot of precious time crafting this poem, to try and embody exactly how I feel about the world of words. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Wed, August 22nd, 2012 4:25pm

Angie Blake

A poem about a story! I love it! You write so well and I've enjoyed being here on your page and reading your writings! I think I like this one best! Great job with the imagery because a story is all these things!

Mon, August 20th, 2012 5:50pm


This one is certainly my favorite -- perhaps because it is so close to my heart. I love a well-told story. Thank you very much!

Wed, August 22nd, 2012 4:32pm

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