Tuesday Morning at The Bird and Baby

Tuesday Morning at The Bird and Baby

Maybe it was the formation of smoke rings
hovering overhead
or the lions roar
of laughter from the far end of the room
or the sound of boots and
(was it?) goat hooves
across the worn wooden floor
I watched as the hooded men
and (could it be?) children
visited that room
And there were others in the shadows,
listening and watching for a glimpse
of finely worked brooches
or translucent pointed ears
of (maybe?) elves
or (what?) talking badgers
I crept a little closer
only to be brushed aside by
(what only could be described as)
a cloaked wizard or two
making their way into the collegial company
As the conversation and discourse flowed
with tea and pints
I looked for a place to hide
maybe I will just open this
wardrobe…..

**** love the works of JRRTolkien and CSLewis. Had the chance many years ago to visit the Marian E. Wade Center on the campus of Wheaton College in IL. There they have many works and artifacts from the lives of The Inklings, including the table from The Eagle and Child where these giants met each Tuesday morning and where the Lord of the Rings and Narnia were first read.

32 thoughts on “Tuesday Morning at The Bird and Baby

  1. C. S. Lewis my fave here….i would hope children would want to have a conversation with both as well…..lastly for me would Harry Potter, but I’m sure he’s at the top of some lists…

  2. What I truly enjoyed about this poem is that you never had to name drop; rather you immersed us into a swirling Tolkien/Lewis world, letting the hooves rap where they may. I felt a bit of each, but leaned toward Tolkien as I read; but after re-reading leaned toward Lewis. Thanks.

  3. I use to play big time Dungeons and Dragons in my younger years, they say Tolkien inspired the creation of the game. After reading “The Lion, the Witch and wardrobe” as a kid had a huge fascination with wardrobes (go figure). I love your mingling of these two epic fantasy, very nicely done.

  4. Smiling… would love to pick Lewis’ brain, I know little of him, but what I do know makes it seem like he was quiet and shy on the outside, but the inside of that mind was pure treasure. And Tolkien, oh my, just to sit back and listen to a conversation would be fabulous.

  5. I’ve always liked C.S. Lewis more than Tolkien, but recognize the greatness of both. I loved the ending. I always thought it would be great to be able to open a door into another world……

  6. oh two of my very favorites….read tolkien to my son this year so was nice to share it together…and i have always loved a bit of fantasy…so not just meeting him but maybe a few characters would be very cool….

  7. very cool…i love tolkien and lewis as well and how cool would it be to talk to them or one of their book characters…love that you weave in the wardrobe as well… i tried several times with my wardrobe you know..but nothing but clothes…no back door…maybe will re-try tonight again…smiles

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