#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 2

Frost family spring/summer 1910

Move across country
has made all the difference
old fools write of snow

Watch downy flakes fall
before moving to Phoenix
leave snow far behind

Four siblings grow up
busy themselves raising kids
many miles apart

Families diverge
travel down different roads
hope to meet again

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day TwoAnd now, for today’s (optional) prompt. In the world of well-known poems, maybe there’s no gem quite so hoary as Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about your own road not taken – about a choice of yours that has “made all the difference,” and what might have happened had you made a different choice.

Good afternoon and welcome to day two of #NaPoWriMo five years ago today, I wrote about the Frost family.
My mom would tell us how Robert Frost and her grandmother were cousins. She said she remembered one Frost family reunion when she was about four or five everyone was whispering about this old man who showed up. As a small child she did not understand all the hubbub; she had no idea the “old man” was a famous poet.

Let’s fast forward to twenty-two years ago, Shawn lost his spleen and was recuperating at my parents’ house. We were about to close on our first home but the mortgage company wanted us to sign the paperwork when Shawn was in the ICU so instead of moving from our apartment into our first home, we moved back in with mom and dad. The winter of 1999 was brutal in Buffalo and Shawn lost his job and we decided it was time to leave Buffalo. Both Shawn and I decided we wanted to be somewhere warm. We were both tired of the snow. Shawn wanted to move somewhere warm with family so I suggested Arizona. The other reason I’m so focused on family today is my Uncle Pete passed away Wednesday night. He was my mom’s last surviving brother her generation is now gone and life moves on.

Mom, Uncle Jim, Dad, Aunt Kime (standing) Uncle Paul
Uncle Jim, Mom, Uncle Pete

6 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 2

    • Thank you. I was thinking of the fact my mom and her three brothers were last all together in 1985. They could have been all together later I’m not aware of not being all together in 30 years (my mom passed in 2014) seems too long.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s