A poetic tradition

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“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”- Susan Lieberman

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So my six year old was given an assignment

A poem about September he had to invent

Nothing complicated, but it was great fun

To put together rhyming lines one by one

For both him and me, and when we were done

He proclaimed we would do this for each month

 

I had been reading a post about family traditions

On my social media page, thinking about which ones

Our family had, when I realized this could be

The start of  “create a poem” tradition undoubtedly

I let my imagination run wild and pictured

My son, in verse, penning down his words

Somewhere in the future, the way I try to do

(In my dream, he was a successful poet too!) 

 

Fantasy aside, I was soon lost in reverie

Thinking about how the best childhood memories

Are centered around family traditions

These traditions give us a sense of connection

To our past; for the future, impart values

Give us some lessons that we can use-

I’ve been trying to create some for my son

Most center around travel and outdoor fun

Therefore I was thrilled to find one that could be

A tradition for a day that was rainy, or gloomy

I get excited again fantasizing about my son

And I writing verses together for fun..

 

 

 

 

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