The Man with the Sea-green Eyes / Stories from the Kid’s Table


The Man with the Sea-green Eyes appears in “Longing for Bohemia”  a self published chap book by Lisa Noble.

What happens if you are face painting at Folklife and a magical storm whips up and whisks you away to the shores of mystic Bohemia? Here is my voyage over the Rainbow.

Lisa Noble worked for many years as a face painter at hundreds of festivals and events. She was swept into it while studying to be part of the volunteer make-up crew for the Seattle Opera, and after her first face painting gig at Bumbershoot, she fell down the rabbit hole.  Here Lisa and fellow artist Mary Jane B-D brave the tempest and add a touch of whimsy and magic to the blustery day… The Man With the Sea-green Eyes…

We are Folklife mavens of whimsy in our makeshift festival pavilion, my gypsy frock pasley’ed with glitter, your red high tops a fantasy of sequins and Aqua-color.

You can paint butterfly masks like nobodies business and I, Lisa queen of the rainbow unicorns have pockets stuffed with one-dollar bills as I shout out: NEXT!

Somewhere a steel drum plunks out a sweet, sweet melody, I crack my knuckles and sip my paint water as I clean my brush in your coffee. “Who’s next?” I say as I shake latte foam off my make-up brush, “do you want sparkles on your purple dragonfly?”

A man with sea-green eyes waits patiently in line, content to watch as we transform the children of May into Avatars and Dancing Dakinis: an alchemy of theater make-up, glitter and a wee bit of fairy magic.

We sway to the steel drum music: “NEXT!”

We laugh as the Bubble Man cavorts soap and humidity into iridescent miracles that float and explode in the blustery air.

“NEXT!” and next! and next! Kids and grown-ups braving the storm for a face paint a whimsy, a moon-beam Atlantis! NEXT!

Bubbles, cherry blossom petals, one-dollar bills and glitter whirl in the wind like confetti. Our pavilion threatens to blow away like Dorothy’s house up a tornado. and the rain splats down hard, people crowd into the shelter of our tent as Indian bedspreads and Mylar stars snap against us like sails on a mystic ship bound for the distant shores of Bohemia.

I paint sun designs on virgin bellybuttons to appease the thunder sprites: “NEXT!”

You envy my Gortex, I, your finger-less gloves, “NEXT!

You loan someone a blanky as I tell a little girl the story of Shaharizard.  Like magic , the sun sun suddenly breaks through the clouds and the steel drum music is as splendid as a solar triumph.

The patient man finally gets to be next. To my delight, the man with the sea-green eyes takes off his cap, and to the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, I paint a glimmering blue mandala, on his beautiful bald head.

Follow this blog for more kid’s stories. Lisa’s full length YA novel, “The Charman Chronicles: the Book of Fire” is available at her on-line shop: http://www.cafepress/ as well as on and Kindle


About lisasstories2013

Lisa Noble is a published writer and artist. Her stories, poems and art work have appeared in the following: Poet's West Journal, The Sound, Sage Woman, The Beltane Papers, Mixed Metaphors by the Seattle Art Museum, Voices of Choice, 33 Angel Times, Metro's Paint me a Poem: as part of Metro's 1999 Poetry on Buses Lisa's poem: "Low on the North West Food Chain: was featured on several Metro Buses. Since 2006 Lisa has been a regular contributor to We'Moon publications. Lisa is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is the author of the 3-part Charman Chronicles series. Book one: "The Charman Chronicles: The Book of Fire" Is available on in book and Kindle form. (See Frieda Cramer's book review on the Kindle display!) Lisa's motto is: Support Literacy, Read to a Kid" thus the theme of this blog which will feature her favorite children's stories. Lisa has also self published two chapbooks and is the creator of the "Halfway to Babylon" project slated to come out in 2014. Lisa has shown her art work in group and solo exhibitions. Most recently being a part of the "Artful Henna" exhibition at the Art Not Terminal Gallery curated by Kree Arvanitas and Jeannie Lewis. View Lisa's work on her on-line shop: and on this blog.

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