Thank you to all who said they liked yesterday’s lune!

Here’s today’s prompt:

I challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait. You could write, for example, a stanza for each member of your family. You could also find an actual snapshot of your family and write a poem about it, spending a little bit of time on each person in the picture. You don’t need to observe any particular form or meter. Happy writing!

My response is based on a photograph that came out at family slide shows!


In the days when years are long
we celebrate their silver wedding.

After the melon cocktail.
the turkey, the raspberry gateau
and Liebfraumilch sipped from
sparkling Edinburgh crystal
we stand, the family four –
heels sink into mossy lawn,
our father grey-suited, serious,
our mother laughs in
joyous, flowered crimplene.

For me a dress from Richard Shops
faux denim patchwork pattern,
platform-soled sandals my firm base,
make up by Mary Quant sets off
black page-boy hair by Vidal Sassoon.

And you with the Monkees hairstyle,
red kipper tie, brash checked jacket
and grey trousers flaring to infinity
smile for the camera, hoping
the posing will soon be over.

In later years we linger,
hold this moment of silver light.