A/N: So those of you who have read my other HA! Fics may recall that I mentioned working on something big at one point. Well, this is it. It may not look like much in terms of size, but I've slaved over this. While some of the poems in here were hammered out in a matter of minutes, I spent upwards of five or six hours working on others. The poems cover a wide variety of styles and forms. Sometimes I reference and/or quote other poems, books, movies, etc. in here; when I quote, the quoted section will be italicized. Also, this website is retarded and won't let me make stanzas, so I'm going to cheat and put one punctuation mark in the lines between stanzas.
Overall, This is not the most detailed version of TJM, I'll warn you of that from the start. Its only what's necessary from Helga's perspective. So, for example, La Corazon is never mentioned. Presumably it's the reason that La Sombra is keeping Arnold's parents captive, but Helga has no reason to mention it explicitly in her poems. Which brings up another point. This fic is from Helga's POV, but at the same time its more about experimenting with my own poetic perspective. Therefore, the poems might not sound like the poems she writes on the show. I think that's all I really need to say. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Hey Arnold!, that one Shel Silverstein poem I used, Heart of Darkness, Seeker of Truth (E.E. Cummings), Homeward Bound (which is a great movie and your childhood is lacking if you have never seen it), or Ragtime
The Pink Jungle Book
By Helga G. Pataki
A single sheet of paper
A thousand little words
Is that all it takes
To let your voice be heard?
It does not seem so simple
This trip won for our class
There's something gleaming in your eyes
That I cannot see past.
Is that a tear, my love?
Why do you cry despite your smile?
You are not one for schemes
Still I'll watch you for a while.
(The Flight, Arrival, Beginning, Nighttime Haiku)
Leather cracked like the dry deserts of the west
Lay roughly in your warm and gentle hands
As you pass the time on this long flight
Absorbed in the yellowing pages of a secret
Your eyes alight like fevered dreams
Let me know that you are making plans
But never before have you seemed so unhinged
I worry you will leave with only regret
Why do beads of sweat roll down your brow?
Have you sent out a cry for help left unheard?
Are you feeling ill, nauseous, or diseased?
Is the air conditioning in this cabin defective?
Most of our classmates are asleep at this hour
I dare drop my shields that we might have a word
I cannot bare to sit in suffering silence any longer
The sentence I speak is my soul's directive
"Arnold," I ask, "are you okay?"
"I'm fine Helga," is all you say.
We land in San Lorenzo
I have known this place all my life
For your eyes are the rich green foliage
Your hair is the blinding bright sun
And your skin is the tan dirt road.
I find that this heat
So sickening and muggy-sweet
Is the suffocating passion you instill in me
Whenever I see you smile
In the darkness of the night
I hear a sudden sound
Then looking left and right
I see that you are not around
I get up off my pillow
And sneak off towards the noise
I have practice being still so
In silence I spot two boys
Working their way through brush
And whispering secret plans
Although they seem in quite a rush
I make them stop, take a stand
"Where do you think you're going?"
"Helga!" the flaxen one cries
I threaten both boys until at last
They cease spouting senseless lies
Arnold wants to find his Mom and Dad
He shows me the map he found
I insist I come knowing nothing bad
Will happen when I am around.
That is not an owl
What made that awful noise?
Stay close Football Head
(Morning Light, The Rope-Bridge, Health Haiku, Night-night)
Golden light filters through green leaves
Making magic of that honey-colored hair
Which sparkles like so many shining coins
That even the wealthiest dragon would be jealous
Of the knight charged with hoarding such a stash
Yet my loves riches seem wasted on him,
For his noble nature is aimed at only one goal
Which for hours he has pursued relentlessly
With a gallant gaze that only stops to waver
Between the map in his hand and the jungle ahead
Such perfection exists in this imperfect man
That kindness, caring, and steadfast determination
Cannot help but blind all mortal men who view
The light that spills from his overflowing heart
To eclipse even the brightest of exploding stars
For although the sun rose an hour ago
I did not notice until this very moment
That its glow is spreading across the sky
Because my eyes have already adjusted;
Arnold has been shining all my life
I wonder why it's hit me hard
I never feared falling before
Yet looking at this swinging bridge
A hand has seized my heart
The rope lines are so tattered
I think they're barely there
The wooden planks are battered
And the drop is such a scare
My hands are slick from sweat
So I'm sure they have no grip
My eyes are getting awfully wet
I think that I might trip
Your shoes they are not creaking
But your steps still make that sound
You know that I am freaking
Before you turn around
While you dismount to safety
Of my senses I'm bereft
I put one foot out bravely
Knowing I'm the last one left
Your hands they seemed so steady
Your feet they were so sure
I try to feel ready
But my heart pounds even more
I try to hide my worry
As I always do
Behind a mask of fury
But I'm quaking in my shoes
Its time to make a choice
And my heart it needs a guide
But then I hear your voice
Coming from the other side
You call to me so kindly
Your words too understanding
And so I follow blindly
To do as you're commanding
One foot and then again I walk
Slowly drawing near
I'm glad for your continued talk
Distract me from my fear
I reach the halfway point
And my confidence is growing
My fears become disjoint
Until the wind starts blowing
Suddenly I'm swaying
And I don't know what to do
I silently start praying
Then my eyes they lock on you
That green gaze draws me in
Like some magic tractor beam
And I know that I can win
Because I am on your team
At last I reach solid land
I know now more than before
That life is like a swinging bridge
My heart is in your hand
"Are you okay?" Oh!
My love asks such sweet questions
Yes, I am okay
Never been this tired before
I can't feel my feet
Gerald asks if we can take a rest
Have to say for once I agree
This day has been too long
Nearby is a clearing
It looks like a good place to make camp
Glad you agree with me Hair Boy
Hop into your sleeping bag now,
The morning will come soon enough
(Good Morning, Walking and Worrying, Walking and Wondering, The Waterfall, The Sound of Air Escaping, That Look, Bedtime)
Get up at the crack of dawn
Only berries for breakfast
Or do you see other food?
Didn't think so.
Maybe today will be better
Of course it might be worse
Rope bridges are nothing
Next to ocelots or anacondas
If you think about it
Nobody hears you scream
Getting killed out here
Are we soldiers heading off to war?
Are we adventurers wanting to explore?
Are we healers, hoping to aid our kin?
Are we mislead crusaders committing sin?
Or are we simply foolish children?
On the topic of love,
One strange old poem comes to mind:
When the light turns green you go
When the light turns red you stop
But what do you do
When the light turns blue
With orange and lavender spots?
Oh Shel Silverstein,
I wish I knew.
Glimpsed through fanning trees
A waterfall makes the breeze
Gushing forth from solid rock
Where man fought God's decrees
With a simple strike of stick
Brought down hard and quick
He sprang the water from its hold
'hind walls so rough and thick
'Til it spouted forth like fire
Raging sounds of deep desire
That it knew might drown the world
But knew not how to retire
Then the man – his face aghast
Fit the fountain with a cast
That concealed all the wounds revealed
But could not forever last
So riverbed lined with mud
Leaves one question for the stud;
How do you cross the rapids
Now that you've seen the flood?
You always leave me breathless
But don't you dare slip underwater
Don't you dare drown on me boy,
I will not stand for one less
Source of my life's goodness
Ok Gerald, so I dove in to save him.
What right does that give you to look at me so?
As though you know something I don't know?
Be still now
Evening is in the air
Darkness is looming
Tonight we are safe
I have a feeling
My guardian angel watches
(They Found Us, Destination, What They Know, Deal With Disappointment, The Calm Before)
Watching, Searching, Evaluating
Let us follow them
They take us to their sacred city
Lying like an emerald lost
So far beyond where Marlow went
That stars align once more
To shine not brightly, but wisely
Unto architecture estranged
Yet so raw and regal in character
That I find myself diminished
As I have never been
Beside spires or behemoths
The silence is now made large
From necessity or proclivity
Which comes with solemn knowledge
That no matter what we find
Following our companions
Through air thick with humidity
Towards their leader's hearth,
Everything past the present lies
Beyond our doubts, beyond our fear
Where siren hope sweetly whispers:
Seeker of truth, truth is here
"La Sombra took them
Many years ago
We know where he lives
But that is all we know"
You think you're frustrated?
You've been searching for a week.
I been at it for years, you geek!
My love was never compensated
Only revoked, feared, and hated
Still I found some way to cope
And that's because of you, you dope!
I know how it feels to be deflated
But you never let me give up hope
You were too stubborn to quit
Well, you're not going to quit
Not now, not when we're this close
Not when his lair lies just ahead
And none of us can diagnose
The answer that plagues 'til you're morose
I'm moving forward, despite my dread
And so are you, you Football Head!
'Cause you won't know until you try
If the cells in which your parents lie
Are meant to keep them alive or dead
I travel in the morning
To face love's greatest foe
I hope we find his parents
And free them from their woe
I know that they will love him
The same way as do I
So if one of us must take a hit
I'll volunteer to die
I wonder if my mom and dad
See the same moon as I do
I hope they know I love them
They're awful, but its true
I wonder if they know that
Tonight might be my last
But regardless of my torment
In this omniscient moment
I forgive them for the past
(Awake, Hideout Haiku, Elemental, The Thing About Expectations, Reunion, Botched Escape, The Class to the Rescue/Deus Ex Machina, He Wanted to Say)
Up, At the crack of dawn
The sun rises like hell and hope
We organize in hushed whispers
"It's time to leave"
"Don't forget that"
"Are we ready?"
He lives in that thing?
Easier than expected
We're in luck Arnold
We spot a vent on the southern wall
I laugh – this task is elemental!
My conscious weaves through walls like these –
The metal maze of each day's daze
Here I belong so silent, safe
Where dust can choke my lungs
We climb inside the cold hard cave
I lead – in shadows I am brave,
My identity likes to slide away –
The boys behind me couldn't care
Here I am honest, but hush
Where does that sound come from?
We crawl in line that's single file
I stop – peer through the grate a while
My heart is hammering beneath glass ribs –
The soldiers speak of dungeons deep
Here behind a door, its jail
Where men waste into shadows pale...
We need to make these soldiers fall
I grin – this task is elemental.
They're nothing like he dreamed
Lying there in tatters
Thin and frail
Wan and pale
Down to the last detail
In squalor and in strife
A broken man and wife
Is he still feeling brave?
This is real life
Love is an unusual thing
Making inches of miles
Hours of seconds
An alarm suddenly sounds
You need to get out now
They can't fit in the vents
Too hard not to be found
You're thinking on your feet
The front door is not far
Make a run for it
No time to be discrete
The guards you pass – a blur
Adrenaline is pumping
No clear coasts for you
And yet you're feeling sure
The front door is in sight
You're rapidly approaching
One foot hits the dirt
You've run into a fight
La Sombra et. al loom
Right outside the door
You've fallen in his trap
Now you face your doom
A few words are exchanged
He's confident and smug
"We'd rather die than help you!"
"Well that can be arranged"
Dear lord, he has a gun
The pawn must save the king
Time slows adjacent death
Five, four, three, two...
Curly swings in from the trees
Cackling as he kicks and frees
Arnold from a henchman's grip
Harold lets one let a rip,
Nadine unleashes poison bugs
While Simmons runs right up and hugs
Those of us who are safe now,
Stinky rides in on a cow,
Lila stands aside unsure,
But Sid is flinging horse manure,
Which lands on Rhonda's brand new shoe
So now the team is down by two.
La Sombra seems to be upset,
But boy has he seen nothing yet!
Eugene's dance is worth some laughs,
But Pheobe's really kicking ass
Then Wartz is setting off a flare
To let police know we are there
Which seems to let the Green Eyes know
That they are needed at the show
Soon arrows fly in left and right
And Brainy punches out a light
Sheena helps the hurt escape
While Iggy traps some goons with tape
Gerald runs back towards the fray
I also want to fight today!
I run and summon all my guts
Then kick La Sombra in the nuts
The monster falls and holds his... place
Arnold spits right in his face!
At last police have reached the scene
And cuff the man whose been so mean
To take the parents of my love –
You can't acquit, if fits the glove
"Helga, can I speak to you a moment?"
"A-Arnold! Criminy, don't sneak up on my like that!"
"Well, what is it Football Head? I haven't got all day you know!"
He wanted to say...
Thank you Helga. I never could have done this without you. You stood beside me every step of the way, even though you didn't have to. I will never be able to repay you for the things you've done for me. They're amazing. You're amazing. The way stand beside the people you care about, never asking for recognition, only wanting to do what you can to make them happy. How you refuse to back down in the face of an impossible task. The fact that you always try to take things on by yourself, never wanting to burden others, even when you know you need help. I can hardly believe that such a wonderful, loving, selfless person has been hiding right in front of me all along. And the more I spend time with you, the more I realize just how beautiful you are. I know we agreed to pretend it never happened, but ever since you told me how you felt about me on the roof of the FTi building, I haven't been able to get you out of my head. Day by day, more and more unfamiliar feelings were blossoming in my chest. And it's only now, standing here with you at the end of it all, that I realize the feelings I was so afraid to acknowledge meant that I was falling in love. I love you Helga. I'm only sorry that I didn't realize it sooner. And I know that it's been a while, but if you still feel the same, please be with me. I can't imagine going another day without you by my side.
But all he said was...
And then he kissed her.
"Hey, Arnold, Mr. Simmons said we need to–"
"AH! Gerald! We were just... uh... err..."
"Whatever you say, man."
H is for Having all your dreams come true
O is for "OH MY GOD HE LOVES ME TOO!"
M is for our Memories of Making it through
E is for the Ecstacy of loving you
A/N: Well, that's it! Before you go, I'd really like to know which poems were your guys' favorite and why, so please review! It means a lot to me to hear what you all have to say. 3