Ruthie May

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“I’m too tired to write today,”
Said Ruthie May to her teacher.
“I was up all night,
Mom and Dad had a fight!
Dad had a lesson to teach her!”

“I hid under the covers and cried.
Dad found me and said I was dreamin’.
He tucked me in,
covers up to my chin,
But I stayed awake through the screamin’.

“They argued and fought all night.
They broke dishes and threw chairs.
But I was okay,
My room’s far away,
I just listened under my teddy bears.”

Ruthie May walked to the school nurse.
She laid down on a thick foam cot.
They woke her for lunch,
On pizza she did munch,
Then by the counselor she was sought.

Her story went into a report.
She begged her Mom and Dad not to know.
Then went back to class,
With a written hall pass,
And gathered her work to go home.

That night red and blue lights danced
Across her wall as she quietly stared.
A cop carried her out.
Silent tears began to spout.
Ruthie May pretended not be scared.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Ruthie May went home the next day.
    She and mom slept in the big bed.
    Breakfast for dinner,
    Pancakes are a winner,
    Life would be different now, Mom said.

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    There weren’t enough characters to finish it!

  3. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    Brilliant way to overcome the 1024 character limit. ;-) And a fabulous poem! Wow! Talk about emotional content.

  4. Avatar mama murph (LoA)

    You cheater!!! I loved the poem though! Good job! I want to know what mom did to dad?

  5. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    i knew she was a cheater…nice poem elsha

  6. Avatar Render

    haha. cheater you are. that was an eerie mix of an upbeat rhythm and a sad story.

  7. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Thanks guys! and cheating was the only way… this was a fun poem to write, even if I knew the tragedy of it.

  8. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    So mind-blowing. You used an almost limerick-like style, but made it tragic. And the second-to-last stanza was probably my favorite. Great job!