Family Assortment

Written for:  NaPoWriMo – Day 16
Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!

Almanac Questionnaire

Weather:  Sunny

Flora:  Lavender

Architecture:  basic house

Customs:  swinging

Mammals/reptiles/fish:  dogs

Childhood dream:  sitting in restaurant and a witch’s hand come down to grab me

Found on the Street:  bracelet

Export:  poems

Graffiti:  dog pee

Conspiracy:  none

Dress:  casual

Hometown memory:  housing project playgrounds

Notable person: Dad

Outside your window, you find:  a yard with trees, flowers, and Alice statues

Today’s news headline:  Trump something

Scrap from a letter:  please get back to us

Animal from a myth:  unicorn

Story read to children at night:  Princess and the Pea

You walk three minutes down an alley and you find:  garbage

You walk to the border and hear:  screaming
What you fear:  Meneire’s outbreak

Picture on your city’s postcard:  Mt. Hood

Wow, that was hard to do in five minutes!

During a violent storm,
the Mad Hatter lost
part of his legs, and Alice
lost an arm. The White Rabbit
was unscathed. We were more upset
than they were.

Now, Alice’s arm hangs
from her shoulder,
and the Hatter is planted
up to his knees, leaning
on a flowerpot. The dogs
pay them no mind.

All are protected by the buddha,
and the llama. Hinoki and maple
trees stand guard over our yard.

Still looking for a statue
of The March Hare, who seems
to be elusive. He would love
the lavender.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Family Assortment

  1. wow that’s a challenge – bravo for an amazing response


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