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Five magic beans to barter
For a diamond and sapphire garter
11 words for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt
Is it a reference to the musical “Into the Woods”?
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A brilliant, brilliant, brilliant musical. But no.
Or, sort of.
The magic beans belongs to the Jack & the Beanstalk story, which is part of the *Into the Woods* story. But that’s are far as it goes. Jack barters the family cow for the beans. In truth, to get down to origins, that cow is the cosmic cow, from which the world or universe was formed. But by the time Jack’s story came about, that was forgotten.
The diamond and sapphire garter refers to marriage. Brides are supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The usual answer is to borrow a friend’s blue garter. I’m sure those garters do the rounds, available to all brides in the social group. But also, diamond and sapphire is a common choice of engagement ring.
All very complex, when all I wanted was a rhyme!
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I love your explanation to your writing.
Disorganised, garbeled, just as it comes from my head. But real for all that.
Ah, I see the beans and thought of Jack and the Beanstalk, but got lost in the “diamond and sapphire garter” so I thought it is the scene when the Baker’s wife then barters the last bean for Cinderella’s shoes. I learn something new about the diamond and sapphire garter.
Always happy to extend someone’s knowledge. And likewise happy to extend my own.
this is tantalizing! love what you have done with your 11 words!
Thank you. I chuckle. I’ve just written a long explanation for Tien, if you care to read it. Though the poem began with me saying, barter, barter, barter. Ah! Garter. And off I went.
As my birthstone, a sapphire ring is something I’ve always wanted. Excellent take on the prompt!
I like sapphire. I’ve adopted it. My birth-stone is the humble agate. Not a sparkle in it.
Not at all like your personality! ✨😊
But Hey! Look what I found
What is Agate? Known as the stabilizer, Agate is the stone to call on for support when you need stability and grounding in your life. Along with its supportive energy, the Agate stone has been long admired for its incredible beauty.
Stabilisers for my bicycle; no more the ton-up kid (can’t cut corners with stabilisers!)
I used to be a jeweler, a gemologist actually, Agate is your mystical birthstone, CK, you will get your sparkle from a Sapphire like JG, that’s your gemstone.
Ah, so that’s why the attraction? I thank you
Well well, look at you just the Oh So Clever Poet? 11 Words.
I love your take on the prompt.
I thank you. Barter, it rhymes with Garter, What else could I do with it?
Darn, why didn’t think of that.
Loved this, Crispina! So many layers of complexity woven into so few words. Great stuff! 🙂
I thank you, Sammi. Like I said, what rhymes with barter? And who is the most famous of barterers?
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