Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Family Reunion

At first I was happy to go on the trip
I was going to visit my kin
but Momma and Daddy got talkin' and then
I had to start thinkin' again.

They said that my Uncle Tim's store was a mess
that he was real deep in the red
He wouldn' stop counting his money and that
they thought he had just lost his head!

My poor sweet Cousin Barbara
was really just much too naive
She never would find a husband, they claimed
wearing her heart on her sleeve!

And Granny is having a case of the nerves
along with her dizzy spells
The family is trying not to upset her
and walking around on egg shells!

My cousin is dumb as a bag of rocks
so they say, bless his heart
and I really wanted to play with him
so much for my Cousin Bart!

I thought I might have a laugh or two
with my favorite Uncle Eugene
but Ma and Pa say that since his promotion
he's making the family green!

Now I really don't want to go visiting
Can't Momma and Daddy see that?
I'll sit in the car real quietly and
keep my tongue far away from the cat!

submitted for d'Verse Poets Pub, Poetics, Idioms


BB said...

I see you've met my family!!! haha. Great poem.

Fireblossom said...

You literalist.

Brian Miller said...

haha....the green family made me giggle...and got me to thinking about how kids might interpret some of the things that we say...got some family stories for sure on the way with the holidays...

Brian Miller said...

hey i dont see you linked in over at dverse...just fyi

Anonymous said...

Very, very cute--sounds just like how children would interpret these.

Yousei Hime said...

Hi, mousefriend. Well told tale, my dear. Nothing funnier than family, as so many of us can attest. Happy to be here again.

Claudia said...

so cool...love the pics you posted with your words..and had to laugh out loud when i read your labels...haha

Bryan White said...

Oh, I see, Barbara's wearing her heart on her sleeve. I couldn't process the picture for a moment.

I used to misunderstand things like this all the time when I was a kid.

Cute poem.

Mary said...

It was great fun to read about the 'idiomatic family.' You chose cool pictures too!

JustRex said...

Hee hee hee! That rotten cat!

Scarlet said...

What fun is your family..ha..ha... love the scenarios you painted here...happy sunday ~

Pat Hatt said...

haha oh another reason why I like to avoid family sometimes..haha and don't worry this cat will leave your tongue alone.

Patricia said...

Ha! Green with envy or rollin' in the greenbacks... either way, a fun write that made me smile =)

Dave King said...

Superb. You got just about all there was to get out of this. Really enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

love how you found all these picture to fit the text

Pat Tillett said...

Very amusing and whimsical! We've all got some of these folks (and others) in our families.

Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

this is uplifting.

welcome sharing a random or relevant poetry with us today.


James Rainsford said...

Brilliantly done and a great deal of fun. Fab images too.