April 2. Prompts are: “Seeing an old friend.” [Virginia’s prompt]
[Napowrimo’s prompt] “I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family…”
Yes, Old Friend, I’ve lived a good life
Two good husbands without too much strife
Each one left me with blessings galore
I had four children and then five more.
My cute little bee and my buttercup
Were joined by their brother, a curious pup
The first three arrived when I was quite young
But marriages don’t last for everyone.
Husband number two had five of his own
I loved them like mine when they became grown
The two older girls, a peach and a pear,
And the littlest one, a strawberry fair,
The boys in the middle were flint and feather,
Outdoors in the bush in all kinds of weather.
Then much later, in nineteen-seventy four,
A wee flowering fern appeared at the door.
So now Old Friend, I would like to know
How many children does your garden grow?