Monster Who?


Monster Who?

What is a monster?






A thought worming in a mind?

Who is a Monster?

One who robs  kids of creativity, kindness and empathy? 

 and the Adults of responsibility & caring?

 Or is a Monster something beautiful but alien to us? 

Something we fail to understand & decide to annihilate?

What is a monster?

Is it lurking under the shadows or hiding beneath our fears?

Is it hiding from us and thinks we are the monster for him?

Monster, a word, a boogie, 

Walk a step or two and say Hello

Does the monster thinks you are a monster?

Will it hide when you proceed?

Who knows what is a monster?  

To a gazelle ran over by a lion? 

To an oyster shattered by a sea gull? 

To a cow getting slaughter for your feed?


               – Purviben K. Trivedi-Ziemba

I was participating in #Jandoodle where I flexed my artistic muscles and doodled the monster.  Today, I decided to reuse the image and add to it for Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.   You are invited to join the encouraging community of teacher writers.   For reading more stories like this, use hashtag #SOL18.  If you enjoy doodling, join the #CLMOOC community and show your creativity.

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10 thoughts on “Monster Who?

  1. This is a really interesting idea for a post. I love the idea of creating art and then writing about it. And such a creative way of looking at monsters!

  2. Aha. I should have recognized that as a #clmooc doodle right off. The Hotel California of MOOCs. I was in the first iteration and next 1-2 — follow and drop in regularly. Kevin was the one who me to try slicing.

    Thought tossing and insightful monster ramble. Free association with a surrealist automatic writing quality to it.

  3. Vanessa,

    First, Congratulations for winning the commenting challenge. 🙂

    Yes, Kevin is the one who introduced me to #CLMOOC, #CLMOOC Postcards, Slicing challenge and #CLMOOC Doodles. He also invited me for #NAtNarr but I am too timid for that. I need to complete couple of things before that. May be in the net go around. I do wish to learn gaming in Science & Math classroom though.

    I did most of #Jandoodle; now and then in #FebDoodle & Marchdodle.

    The poem is free association. I just start and let it flow.

    Heading to your blog soon.

    Best wishes. Come again.


  4. Fun inspiration from doodle to words. This combination got me thinking of two thematically-linked YA reads: _A Monster Calls_ by Patrick Ness and _Jumbies_ by Tracey Baptiste.

  5. Brian,

    I will look up both books in our weekly visits to the library.

    The Friends of the library is having their March Madness book sale. One more reason to look for the gems. During last visit we picked us some Asimov, Brandon Mull, Maeve Binchy and Jodi Picault. Wonder what we will find next time. There are so many little libraries around town that sharing the books is easy.

    I enjoy thee Arrival of Spring with the shape poem you created. Now I want to make one too. 🙂



  6. It’s interesting to consider all the nuances and possible perspectives of a single word: monster. “Or is a monster something beautiful but alien to us? Something we fail to understand & decide to annihilate.” Powerful question.

  7. What a fun poem! I love the doodle and poem and the idea of who or what is the monster? Perspective! And the most frightening are the first ones, which affect our students directly, and to which we in schools do not have enough resources in funds or people or connections to help. That is the monster too. ~ Sheri

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