The prompt at for day 2 is to write a poem that takes the form of a “family portrait”. That is probably one of the most unique prompts for poetry that I have ever seen, so I’m not sure how well I’ll do, but would like to give it a try…I’m limiting the “portrait” to a description of the personalities of my three boys.
Three boys were tasked with taking pegs
as square as they could be
and asked to put those pegs in holes
(but round ones, do you see?)
The eldest spoke an hour at least
with logic, science, fact
explaining that square pegs, round holes
present a hopeless act
The middle child stomped his foot
and said, “this job’s not fair!”
But then he stopped, forgot the task,
read books without a care.
The youngest one looked at the holes
then grabbed the square peg sack
and with a mallet bashed those pegs
until they fit “Whack Whack!”
My wife came up with a way of describing our three boys using the “square pegs and round holes” analogy…so my job here, was to take that description and turn it into a poem.