Saturday, October 6, 2012


Today's October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge is by Regina Gort

The Problem with Authority

First day of endless possibility
Playdoh, Dollhouse, Crayons.
A bit of guidance from our teacher,
"Please draw what you want to be when you grow up."

A few minutes of thought then
determined coloring onto construction paper.
Deliberate imagination captured
a portrait of me with a crown.

"Regina, please share with the class," she insisted.

A clear of the throat, a confident smile as
I revealed my masterpiece.
"The Queen of England," I said.

To which a harsh response was uttered,
"You can't be her. That's impossible."
A defiant stomp of my foot as I replied,
"I can be whoever I want, my momma told me so."

To the outer edge of
the classroom I was sent
where I pledged that
anything would be possible
and still is.
Regina Gort at age 6


  1. All hail, Queen Regina! After all, Regina is Latin for queen, so it seems fitting. But you're not a Brit, so just go for Queen of the World! I love the expansive minds of 6-year-olds!

  2. Oh, queen Regina! I love you so. And my gosh, that picture of you IS Violet!

  3. Terrible, how some teachers mishandle children! I'm so glad she still believed in her dreams -and still does!

    1. I feel the same way, Jane! It's amazing how those events can stay with you for the rest of your life.

  4. Awww, I'm glad you didn't give up on your dreams back then and still won't now, of course! Great poem!!

  5. That's awesome. And you were adorable. And who says you can't be the queen of England? haha. Great post.

    Also, while I have your ear for a sec, if you could possibly go vote in ponyfest , that'd be awesome. It's not for me, I swear. My daughter is super excited about the pony she drew for me and I checked tonight and we have like two votes. I hate to let her down by our pony getting barely any votes. Our pony is Cacee by Tamara haha. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Tamara. I think she has a cool pony and I voted for her! Good Luck!

  6. And then she decided she'd rather not turn into a stuffy old queen of England anyway and became a Swagger!

  7. You always make every word count Gina... I mean Your Highness. Just adore your poetry xox