Once upon a time…

There was a crocodile named Clyde. He was rather lonesome and lost.

But, when Clyde slept he dreamed wonderful dreams of a home…

One day,

Clyde fell asleep in the shade of the sweet-gum tree, beneath its branches filled with stars.

And he dreamed…of shy tortoises sunning themselves on an out stretched log.

All of a sudden…

Plink! Plonk! Plunk!

Prickly fruit dropped from the sweet-gum tree onto Clyde’s head waking him from a sound slumber.

So, he stood up on his short legs and plodded along until he found a new place.

Clyde fell asleep in the shade of the wise old oak tree, beneath its branches filled with hidden homes.

And he dreamed…of birds soaring high overhead.

All of a sudden…

Plink! Plonk! Plunk!

Marble like acorns dropped from the oak tree onto Clyde’s head waking him from a sound slumber.

So, he stood up on his short legs and strolled along until he found a new place.

Clyde fell asleep in the shade of a towering pine tree beneath its branches filled with chattering squirrels.

The pine straw made a good place to rest and soon enough he was dreaming again…of frogs hopping playfully in the mud.

All of a sudden…

Plink! Plonk! Plunk!

Pine cones dropped from the towering pine tree onto Clyde’s head waking him from a sound slumber.

With a sigh he stood up on his short legs and trekked on.

He wondered if he would ever find a true home.

His short legs carried him far across the land.

He trudged through cold winter snow.

He tiptoed through fresh spring flowers.

He twirled through dry dusty summer.

He ambled through drifting autumn leaves.

Clyde wandered through wide open spaces

And through busy noisy towns

Clyde traveled on and on…

He saw a great many wonderful things.

But, none of them felt right in his heart.

So he kept on…

Until one day when Clyde was very tired and full of despair…

He came to the edge of a great lake.

There were trees shading the banks.

There were shy tortoises sunning themselves.

There were birds soaring high overhead.

There were even frogs hopping playfully in the mud.

It was just like Clyde’s dream.

It was a quiet happy place underneath enormous skies.

Clyde thought that he would stay.

Then…

Just over there…

On the bank, half in the water and half out…

Half in the sun and half out…

Was a crocodile just like himself!

Slowly Clyde approached her…

He was a little scared…

What if she didn’t like him?

My name is Clyde. What’s yours?

Camellia, she said shyly.

That’s a lovely name. May I sit with you Camellia?

I’d like that – she said with a warm smile.

All at once…

Clyde knew

That he had found…home.

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Written and photographed by Ellie894 February 2018

73 thoughts on “Clyde

  1. Ellie, ah! I cannot tell you how endearing this was to me♥️ he actually found where he belonged. This leaves food for thought you know, applying to us as well. The whole world is yours but it is not until you find your own people that you begin to realise and appreciate its beauty♥️

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    1. Yes! We keep searching, always looking for that sweet place called home. And it is so often found in a loving soul as much as in a place on a map. I’m so happy you enjoyed it twinklingwords! Thank you and may your journey be sweet 😊❤️

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  2. Such a lovely story accompanied by beautiful images which visualise the mood and essence. I’m stunned by your vivid imagination and gentle words throughout the story. You caught the emotions perfectly, subtle and deep. It’s a good read for children too I think. The way Clyde finds his home, it’s the journey of live isn’t it. Thank you for such great work Suzanne 😊❤️🌸

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    1. Thank you Isabelle, for taking the time to read and for such lovely thoughts. You found all the things I felt when I was writing it. I do hope to add a few more pictures and share it with some children that I read to on Wednesdays. I too had the sense of it being a life journey where one keeps going through the days whatever they bring. May your day be filled with more joy and less plink and plonk! 😊❤️

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      1. So good that you’ll read the story to the children. It will be a great read with a philosophical touch, which I think is important. I like bringing my children to the local library at weekends, and it’s such fun finding some good stuff which we all enjoy. The story about Clyde will make a wonderful read. I’ll tell them the story, will have to make it into Norwegian though, for the youngest ones 😊❤️

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      2. The reading I do is through volunteering at the local library. It’s called Book Buddy. I visit the same preschool classroom of three and four year olds each week. They’re a delight! And the library where I volunteer is the same one I took my children to when they were young. I’m touched and humbled that you will share Clyde with your children. I hope they will like it. Thank you so much 😊❤️

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      3. What you do is so meaningful Suzanne, you have a very kind heart ❤️ I want to do the same, to do something for others, children or older people. I know the kids will like the story, they will. 😊❤️

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      4. Thank you ❤️. You already do more than you realize Isabelle. You have a loving spirit. It shows in how warm and encouraging you are to others here on wordpress. Im happy to know you now. 😊❤️

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      5. I’ve just done the translation Suzanne 😊 I had a subject called “Translation into English” a couple of years ago in which I was asked to translate some Norwegian texts into English. This time I did the opposite and translated “The Clyde” into Norwegian. When I went through the story (or should I call it a poem, many of the sentences rhymed perfectly well and not to mention the recurrent patterns throughout of the story) in more detail, I realised how much effort that was put into it. The word choice, the subtle sense of emotions, the sequence of the scenes. These are all carefully considered, not to mention the pictures which illustrate the content and the idea behind it. It’s such brilliant work which makes it a great read for both children and grown-ups. I’m excited to read it for the youngest ones in the evening. Will of course show them the pictures which will help them to understand the essence of the story. The original English version will be presented to my daughter who is exceptionally passionate about English as a language. So thank you so much Suzanne 😊❤️

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      6. Isabelle, you’ve taken so much trouble, wow! I’m so touched I’m not sure what to say. I admit i spend quite a long time getting my writing where I’m content with it. Probably more than I should. It means more to me than you can imagine for you to take the time to notice the little things. I hope the children enjoy! Thank you Isabelle, take care, suzanne 😊❤️

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      7. Hi Suzanne, my 13 years old daughter has read the English version of Clyde and the first thing she said was “So cool!”. She caught the underlining meaning – the journey of life. She caught the main themes and the essence of the story. And just as what I expected, she was impressed by the word choice and the way the story was structured and told. She replaced a few words in the Norwegian translation with the expressions which she considered more accurate. And she said the translated version would never be as brilliant as the original one. This point I must say I agree. I’ll read the revised version to the boys. We both love Clyde, a touching story. 😊❤️

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      8. Oh wow, thank you Isabelle! That’s so neat that your daughter got it and liked it. I’m actually rather curious to see Clyde translated into Norwegian. It’s fascinating how translations can differ in the way the story feels, isn’t it. I mean the way words or phrases in one language just don’t achieve the right feel in another. Not just the general meaning but the nuances that just can’t move so easily. Thank you for sharing all of this with me. It really does mean a lot. 😊❤️

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      9. Oh yes Suzanne, it’s not always easy to translate a text from one language to another. Although both English and Norwegian are Germanic languages, they differ when it comes grammatical rules, word order and lexical preference. A word or phrase which exist in one language might not have equivalents in another language. For instance, in “Clyde was rather lonesome and lost”, I found it easy to translate “lonesome” as there’s an equivalent in Norwegian but not “lost” because no single word in Norwegian seems to correspond “lost”, vi need to use a phrase which literally means “someone gets lost” in English. Transforming the rhyme from source language to target language is also a challenge. I know professional translators use various strategies in dealing with different kind of challenges. Quite amazing! Take care Suzanne 😊❤️

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      10. That’s fascinating! When you think in a language those details escape you. You just, think. I’ve often wondered how people who speak more than one language think. You know. I mean which one do they think in. And do they move easily between them depending on what they’re doing. I have studied other languages in school but not to the extent that they would influence my thinking. Being a professional translator would be so interesting. Thank you Take care Isabelle 😊❤️

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      11. I speak three languages Suzanne. Norwegian and Chinese are both my mother tongue, and I’m doing my Master’s in English language. When I speak one language, I’m only focused on the language I’m speaking. It just feels natural to me. I guess I’ll mess up if I keep different languages in mind when I’m speaking. This also applies to writing, I only focus on one language at a time. Have no idea how other people who speak several language think. Take care Suzanne 😊❤️

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      12. Oh three languages, that’s great. Ok, it makes sense to focus on the one language you’re using at any given moment. Thank you for sharing that insight. Good luck with your Master’s in English. I hope all goes well with that. Take care Isabelle 😊❤️

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    1. Oh cool. Now I’ll be thinking of how that one could have gone. Thank you for reading. I’m happy you enjoyed it. It kind of wrote itself in a way. The trunk looked so much like a crocodile but I began to wonder why is he in the woods and where does he belong … and so on until there I was. 😊

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      1. Yes. The point is that you arrived at something original and not like Ovid. It’s your own sketch. That’s good that the writing was “inspired.” Esp if it came from a good place, which I’m sure it did! BTW, I’m spooky that way. Creative writing and playing an instrument are activities very receptive to spiritual frequencies. John Keats used a writing method of just starting to write and proceeding until he knew the poem was finished. And then there were ancient Greeks with their Muses and biblical prophets with dreams straight from God. We’d be foolish not to believe it still happens today — you think? 🙂

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      2. It was inspired from a good place. I probably write a little like Keats 🙃 I write and write a whole lot of nothing until it finally seems like there’s a tiny bit of something. Then, I have to go back and cut out all the nothing 😅. And yes, I do think so, inspiration comes from many places.

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      3. What I usually do is write as you’ve described, but offline, and then copy and paste what seems of interest. It takes the sense of pressure off me to begin writing on WordPad. Do you do something similar? Good morning, good morning 😀

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  4. You are s master story teller.
    It’s complex and whimsical, keeping the focus
    on the journey. I felt his unrest and wanted
    Clyde to be content. I see the lake and miss you. Well done! My students are going to love this story. Thank you for allowing me to share your talent with the world.

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    1. What warm comments! 😌I’m touched and humbled. Its funny when your heart doesn’t quite know how to say thank you enough. I hope your students will enjoy it. I miss you too Jj 😊❤️

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  5. Ali Isaac has a cool blog. Dunno how to insert a link to it. She’s very spiritual and into Celtic legend a lot. I recommend! And keep writing. “Clyde” is great. For my part, I’m gonna make a point of doing more reading each day.

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    1. I’ll look for Ali Isaac. Thank you for your encouragement on writing and on Clyde. It’s very kind of you. Well, there’s a great deal out there to read! You shall be quite busy. 😊

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  6. Hi Suzanne, hope you’re well 😊 I introduced Clyde to the leader of the Montessori kindergarten that my youngest goes to. She got the link of Clyde on your site and read the poem. She loved it! We’re going to make an arrangement so that I can read the poem for all the children in the kindergarten. I’ll read the story in norwegian and illustrate it with all the beautiful pictures you took. Will let you know how it goes later. 😊

    I’m leaving Norway today and will spend a week in China. WordPress.com might not be available there. I’ll catch up with your posts when I’m back next week. Take care Suzanne 😊❤️

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    1. Hi Isabelle, it’s so nice to hear from you. 😊

      I’m So honored and can’t wait to hear how it goes! Thank you for going to so much trouble. I do hope the children will like it. 😊❤️

      Have a safe and lovely trip to China. I will look forward to visiting when you return. Take care Isabelle 😊❤️

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