NaPoWriMo–B is for…

family photo c mid70s


Believers in the bright of yet-to-be.
Hopers in the future none could see.

We dressed up Sunday fine,
clad in faith and
clothed with greatest care,
we brushed or curled our hair,
trimmed the ‘stache,
drove to the mall,
put up some cash for Olan Mills
whose scenery probably wasn’t the only fake thing in our background;
we displayed our youth and vigor,
thin and dimpled or with apple-plumpy cheeks,
put on our best and hopeful smiles
   —secure, content, and comforted,
   believing all things,
   hoping all things,
   hoping not to have to endure all things—
trusting, knowing, that the earth will go to the meek,
certain of protection for all the future miles.

We were right—who knew?
And we weren’t right, too.



This post is a blend of the A to Z Blog Challenge and NaPoWriMo.  To read other A to Z bloggers, click here.  Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait.


12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo–B is for…

  1. I love all of this: the picture, the choice of words, the snark and the innocence. Can’t decide if I want to eat this poem or rub it all over my pelt to capture the smell of it. So glad you are doing this challenge.

  2. This is brilliant. Love the line “the scenery wasn’t the only fake …” really made me think.
    There is something to your mother being the only one looking at the camera. Haunting in a way. Indicates something “other” to me; a knowing, or foreboding. Her vibrancy is captivating.

    • I KNOW!!!! The camera sightlines was something else I wanted to include…but the brevity of the day prevented it. Oh well, there’s always revision! I agree with you, though–it’s somehow quite powerful! I’m glad someone else noticed it! She IS vibrant, isn’t she?

  3. “Scenery probably wasn’t the only fake thing in our background”…ooooh. That struck me. Made me pause. Your choice of photo was great; your words even greater.

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