The StoryBench

We are a community of people who share a love of the written word. We meet to read stories, poems, songs… around a decided theme. This blog is a repository for all that is shared in these meetings.



My Imaginary Friend

By C J Heck My friend, Sherla, was hard to see for Mom and Dad, not me. My imaginary friend was all I had. I’m an only child, you see. Most times Sherla was really good. We did puzzles, read,... Continue Reading →

Meet Four : Childhood

11 November, 2016 The theme this time was ‘Childhood’. … and coincidentally, two of our regulars could not make it to the session because their little ones needed them at home. Talk about living the theme 😀 Everyone brought a... Continue Reading →

MAGIC- called Childhood

From the novel `Boy’s Life’. By Robert McCammon. “You know, I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time,in a magic town, among magicians. Oh, most everybody else didn’t realize we lived in that web... Continue Reading →

Child Who is Decked with Prince’s Robes

From Gitanjali by the Nobel Laureate  Rabindranath Tagore  The child who is decked with prince's robes and who has jewelled chains round his neck  loses all pleasure in his play; his dress hampers him at every step.  In fear that... Continue Reading →

I remember, I remember

By David Berman. Coming up England by a different line For once, early in the cold new year, We stopped, and, watching men with number plates Sprint down the platform to familiar gates,   'Why, Coventry!' I exclaimed. 'I was... Continue Reading →

The history of love – excerpt

By Nicole Krauss. “Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was... Continue Reading →

Yet another day of childhood

By Meeta Kabra. “Good morning, babu! Wakie-wakie...” She chirped into his room. She responded to his usual “2 more minutes” plea with a crisp and almost impatient, “Come on-come on, let's wake up. I am going to the kitchen to... Continue Reading →

Teddy Bear

By A. A. Milne. The first time Winnie the Pooh makes an appearance in his writing. A bear, however hard he tries, Grows tubby without exercise. Our Teddy Bear is short and fat, Which is not to be wondered at;... Continue Reading →

Bachpan ki kahaani

Poet Not known. बचपन की कहानी याद नहीं..! बातें वो पुरानी याद नहीं..!! माँ के आँचल का इल्म तो है..! पर वो नींद रूहानी याद नहीं..!!   छोटी सी बात पे लड़ते थे..! झूलों पर गिर गिर चढ़ते थे…!! किसी... Continue Reading →

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