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The Wonderful World of Calliope June

An attempted early character sketch in Ballad form. Feedback appreciated!

By KJ AartilaPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
The Wonderful World of Calliope June
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Calliope June,

born of the stars,

or maybe the moon -

her essence is magic


from summer

to noon.

The color of a wildflower,

her eyes spark sweetened song.


She is an enigma

between the Autumn and the rain,

crushing mighty stigma

with her smile and her name.


With a butterfly upon her shoulder

and a unicorn beneath;

they travel common wonders

that make this world unique.


Thank you for reading! This is intended to get a vision of who my main character is to be – a young, sweetly mysterious and magical girl named Calliope June. Is she lovely? I want her to be lovely. What more would you like to know? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

surreal poetrynature poetryinspirationalchildrens poetryBallad

About the Creator

KJ Aartila

A writer of words in northern WI with a small family and a large menagerie.

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock2 months ago

    I think it's sweet, lyrical & lovely.

  • Matthew Mccahey2 months ago

    I loved this little ballad, refreshing to see.

  • Poppy 2 months ago

    Gorgeous Poem!

  • Gosh this poem was so stunningly beautiful! I also love the name Calliope!

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    Well, I am intrigued and I don't have any specific questions but I do want to know more about her!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Definitely an interesting character. She's giving me fairytale vibes. Well done.

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  • Holly Pheni2 months ago

    This evokes feelings of childhood wonder and fantasy. I love it.

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great poem!

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