Category Archives: Innocence, Eden, and Childhood (9/11)

Family Secrets

Once lived a boy, with his mother’s love only known. Pa’ was around, but his love never shown. Ma’ would take him out to play, loved to observe the herd. The boy would point to Pa’ and say “Pa’”, Ma’ would speak no word. The boy grew and he knew Pa’ would make for him […] Continue reading

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Heavenly Father, Why You So Far Away?

  Did you leave me or did I grow a part from you?  Were you truly always beside me or have I been to naive in believing so?  Did I abandon you or did I grow smart in realizing you are not there?  “Heavenly Father, why you so far away.” Blake’s work echoes both the […] Continue reading

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Trials and Tribulations in life

The arrangement I chose beings with “The Little Boy lost” followed by “The Chimney Sweeper” and ends with “The Little Boy Found.” I unexpectedly chose this sequence because I found themes that correlate with each other like life challenges, faith, innocence, and experience. I will be using the “little boy” to demonstrate a figure that […] Continue reading

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Finding Joy

Moments upon birth, joy was all Joy could hope for in his newfound future, blissfully innocent and ignorant of the horrors that he was destined to bare that would threaten this clear vision of life. Born with black skin and a white soul, he struggled to obtain joy when people with white skin and black […] Continue reading

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The Song of the Sacrificed

Who are the singers of the Songs of Innocence? An infant is born Two days old, He is nameless but happy. “Joy is my name,” He proclaimed. Joy is born with innocence and happiness. He and his Father, Walk through the mire And night befalls them. “Speak father or else I shall be lost” And […] Continue reading

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God’s (Innocent) Kids Aren’t Alright

My arrangement of the plates from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence aimed at recounting the observations and reflections of an omniscient narrator/onlooker. Through the my selections I formed a narrative that questions the effectiveness of religious faith as a form of personal and social governance. The poems I chose were “Holy Thursday,” “The Chimney Sweep,” and “On […] Continue reading

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Father, are you there?

There once was a little boy pondering over many questions; was his skin black because of the darkness in his heart but his soul is white due to purity? His other alternative being is his soul is white because he is only truly appreciated by you, Father, in the afterlife and degraded in reality? The […] Continue reading

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The Poison in Beauty

  A woman gazes up her Pretty Rose Tree, admiring the perfection that she has created. Nothing nor no one can be able to stray her attention from her Pretty Rose Tree. “…I praised the sweet flower den”, she claims. The man would try to captivate her admiration, only to fall in desperation. Within the […] Continue reading

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Lost and Found: From Bleak to Pastoral

Christopher Ingle This is the tale of two lost children, who may have never met, but have similar fates. The Little boy was following his father in the woods outside of the city, but fell behind as it began to grown dark. He could not find his father, and was soon lost in the darkened […] Continue reading

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Dreams Like Clouds a Boy Without a Name

Tales of happy, even laughing children he had heard over and over again. The little boy yeared to be like a character of the tales he had heard. Who was picked off the lot and who was left in the herd? It was a fight and often times he would scrub his face clean to […] Continue reading

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