Bharati Nayak

Grandmaa's Stories - Poem by Bharati Nayak

Every night,
When I go to sleep,
I sing lullabies,
To myself,
And tell Grandmaa's stories,
Where there is a Prince
And a Princess
There are also wicked demons and ghosts,
There is a fight,
Between good and evil,
Between the Prince and the demons,
But the flowers, birds and animals,
Side with the Prince,
The demon is sure to die,
The story will certainly,
Have a happyending.
(Otherwise, how can I sleep?)

Topic(s) of this poem: fairy tales, fantasy

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A child learns about the world through fairy tales. His imagination is ignitedbythe heroic tales.Some stories have lasting impressions on the childand help in shaping his character.I feel, while telling stories to children we should chose stories that have positive morals.

Comments about Grandmaa's Stories by Bharati Nayak

  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/14/2020 6:39:00 AM)

    Dear madam, your pleasant inscription on Grandma's Stories inspired me to have a visit once again. Really it is a beautiful poem with simple language. Thanks again. (Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (3/2/2020 2:55:00 PM)

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    You sing to YOURSELF & also tell the stories (to yourself or to children? ?) .

    Too bad a " happy ending" , to each story, also does NOT HAPPEN in " real life" .

    Getting a good night's sleep IS important! May you have pleasant dreams!



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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (3/2/2020 2:54:00 PM)

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    BUT, some fairy tales may be good morality stories, and certainly they often are very entertaining and help kids to learn their native language and to bond with a parent etc.

    Now I'll read poem. " Grandmaa's" ? in U.S. i'd use Grandma's. And there are other spellings. How confusing! !

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(3/2/2020 8:49:00 PM)

    By the way through Google search I found
    There are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects. The official Indian languages are Hindi (with approximately 420 million speakers) and English, which is also widely spoken.
    My language 'Odia' is among the 22 major languages of India and official language of 'Odisha'.

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(3/2/2020 8:42:00 PM)

    Hi Bri-I am happy that you read about this poem and pointed out the spelling - error in its title.
    I purposefully added another 'a' to 'Grandma'.. In my lmother tongue 'Odia ', we address our mother as 'Bou' and also 'Maa'. For Grand mother we also address 'Maa' or " Thakumaa' or 'Budhimaa' (in case of father's mother'. But in case of Mother's mother we call her 'Aai' or 'Aaimaa'.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (3/2/2020 2:42:00 PM)

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    re Poet's Notes: Yikes! " learns about the world" ? I 'learned' there were Giants, witches, and 'animals' which could speak English. Except for a small number of humans over 7 feet tall, i know of no Giants. And i never heard a goose or fox speak English. : (

    And stories of a Prince and a Princess did not seem to be reflected in MY life! !

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (2/26/2020 3:14:00 AM)

    Grandmas are remembered more for their stories by the children. They have always a story up their sleeve to entertain the grand children. Most of the stories have some valuable morals to teach! Children unconsciously imbibe these morals. Fairy tales too have the same effect. I feel you have a child's heart..... Bharati! (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar JawadAkhtar Jawad (2/25/2020 7:45:00 PM)

    Sweet is the memory of stories our grandmothers told us. (Report)Reply

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  • Muhammad Ali (1/27/2020 12:02:00 PM)

    Demons are real! ! !
    And fairies and princesses and princes! ! !
    Then we dream those stories and now we need them for an escape.
    Nice poem.
    And this poem reminds me the lovely voice of Jagjit Singh singing, 'ek wo din jab'

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (1/27/2020 8:30:00 AM)

    Wish i could go back to those days when sleeping outside during summer vacations we used to hear stories of grandma till we fell asleep. Past revisited by your beautiful write. Loved the simplicity and flow of the poem.10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (1/26/2020 6:58:00 AM)

    Indeed, morals are very important in childrens'stories, each country has its childrenbook stories where the good triumphs over the evil. Prince and princess, good and evil, there is a huge fight, the good always wins, What a fascinating poem, dear poetess, enjoyed humming with you while you were singing. A lovely poem most fascinating. A 10 Full Score and much much more. Thank you so much for sharing.this endearing poem, dear poetess! (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (1/24/2020 3:30:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem that takes us back to fairy stories. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (1/24/2020 2:43:00 PM)

    Grandmother is always great and we hear her stories from beautiful motivation. You have very well captured the past memories and brilliantly expressed in this lovely work. Between good and evil there is always fight and we should accept the good things as grandmother narrates. Thank you very much for penning this lovely poem.10 (Report)Reply

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  • Kostas LagosKostas Lagos (1/24/2020 1:27:00 PM)

    Fairy tales are important, not only for children.Great poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Sekharan PookkatSekharan Pookkat (1/24/2020 12:16:00 PM)

    let the children know they are only stories - " .Some stories have lasting impressions on the child and help in shaping their character " true! (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/24/2020 8:53:00 PM)

    I agree with you.The child easily believes what his mother/father or guardian says, be it a story or a reality.Gradually he knows the difference between a story and a reality.We should help him understand this differentiation .But he should know or dream of an ideal state where there is victory of good over the evil.

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (1/24/2020 12:02:00 PM)

    A lovely poem that resonates with me.
    It is still vividly imprinted in my mind how my late
    father narrated some bedtime stories when I was a child.
    I concur with the wonderful and insightful Poetess ' Notes.

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/27/2020 8:21:00 AM)

    Thank you so much dear Rose Marie Juan Austin for your nice comment.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 24, 2020

Poem Edited: Friday, January 24, 2020

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