What a kid,
a mix of curious
and stubborn.

Always engaged
in adventure
and inspired

to experiment,
unwilling to
sit still.

A thinker,
defied her father,
adored her mother.

Wrote books
before she
could spell

filled with crayon
and pencil

the life of
a hyperactive mind.

Mother’s daughter,
father’s nitemare,
a tough little warrior

who traveled with
and was protected by

a fierce
and faithful
little dog.

The pair
returned home,

exhausted from
their day-long

Each reprimanded,
sent to their
respective corners.

A stubborn kid
who rebelled against
bedtime schedules

but eventually
fell asleep
after a story

that would inspire
dreams, another day
of adventure

for a girl warrior
and her fierce


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.