#SOL17 – Day 18 – Family Poetry

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This post is inspired by Janet Wong’s poem “Dad” from Good Luck Gold.

My father is like a loyal Labrador – a great guide in life. A best friend, hard working, strong, a protector.

My mother is like a domestic house cat – aloof much of the time, but when you get that “purr” of attention, your heart soars from being in her undivided sights.

My husband is like an armadillo – having built up armor over the years, he’s an incredibly hard worker. Underneath, if you are lucky enough to get him to let down his guard, there’s a soft and vulnerable side to him.

My older son is like a sloth – surprisingly speedy when necessary. Strong body – slow and steady to accomplish his goals.

My middle son is like a Tasmanian devil – small and growing more solitary with (teen) age. Constantly active, capable of surprising speed and endurance. A whirlwind of a child.

My daughter is like a cheetah – fast, a survivor, beautiful, graceful, and sometimes a little illusive.

I wonder what animal they would pick for me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “#SOL17 – Day 18 – Family Poetry

  1. Great idea both for writing and thinking deeply about your peeps. I’d love to meet your sloth. Is he as sweet and cuddly as these animals seem?

  2. First, I love the structure. I’m definitely trying this out soon in my writing! Second, this stanza: “My mother is like a domestic house cat – aloof much of the time, but when you get that “purr” of attention, your heart soars from being in her undivided sights.” WOW!

  3. I LOVE this!! I have never thought about my family members in this way…I will need to give that some thought. I also felt connected, because I also have 2 boys & a girl…and my girl LOVES cheetahs. Obsessed might be a good word for it. And when I read your connections for cheetah to your daughter I was struck with hoe appropriate they were for mine as well. Thank you for sharing this today.

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