Sunday, May 13, 2012

Where's Papa?



Magpie Tales

Mag #117

The Meal, 1891, by Paul Gauguin


Did you wash your hands?
Yes Mama.
Did you finish your chores?
Yes Mama.
Did you see your father leave?
Yes Mama.
Boys, you will have to feed the goats now.
Yes Mama.
And Katia, you will learn how to make the cook-up.
Yes Mama.
We will be fine. We will be just fine.
Yes Mama.


See other inspirations from this Paul Gauguin painting from my friends at Magpie Tales.


Laurel.  Happy Mother's Day everyone!!!

33 comments:

  1. Oh! Beautiful and sad. Where indeed is papa? I focused on the mama but you've said so much more without saying much at all. Lovely poem.

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  2. The dad's absence is felt, and mom picks up their hearts. This is a great piece for today.

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    1. It's what we do, huh? Have a great Mother's Day!

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  3. There's food for thought...

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  4. Very lovely take...I like the short conversation, yet tells a lot more ~

    http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca/2012/05/forgotten-meal.html

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    1. Thanks Grace. I'll have to visit your take.

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  5. i hope they don't forget to feed the goats. hungry goats are trouble.

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    1. Now there's the one animal we didn't have on the farm, but I hear that they will eat anything.

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  6. This is so sad but at the same time such an example of a mama's strength. Thank you SO much for this. It is brilliant!

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  7. I agree with Hannah. Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

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    1. Thanks Hannah and Laurie for your kind words! Have a great day!

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  8. Oh my gosh, this is so powerful, soft, and true. Well done.

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  9. Pity the children who grow up without fathers ... cheer the mothers who pick up the pieces and move on! Happy Day!

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  10. I don't do the writing. My fingers do it. They lean toward to dark side or an extreme twist.

    Thanks, I think.

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  11. So much responsibility for kids to take on. Great interpretation of the pic!

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  12. ugh...after my day this is a hard dose of reality...wpent it taking a boy to have mothers day lunch with his mother at social services....sad tale...tightly told...

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  13. Yes they will! fun, thanks-

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  14. excellent- so much in so fewwords.

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  15. Nicely written, and this way of life now for them, will make them stronger!

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  16. Bless the moms that are left behind to deal, no matter what the cause. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I love the Gaugin. As fresh and robust as though it had just been painted. :D

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  17. A palpable absence, well portrayed.

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  18. Wow. That packs a wallop. : (

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  19. A hard hitting reflection of life in general these days. How great to see Mama up for the challenge. Many a mother would cave under the pressure. Thanks for this inspirational response, Laurel. =D

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  20. Absent dads and super-mums. And some do it without the cape! Nicely penned, Laurel.

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  21. On best behaviour for Mothers Day? Love it!

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  22. Absent fathers. Universal, aren't they?

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