Read Write Poem: Narrative Wallpaper

Dave Jarecki’s prompt was to create a narrative wallpaper poem at Read Write Poem.  He encourages us  “to find the “narrative wallpaper” that resides in your home, apartment, memory, etc. Maybe you’re the child in the bedroom watching stories burn in the sun. Perhaps you can wander into a remembered or even fictional place and let the poem jump off from there…” 

Here is my contribution, a pantoum about childhood. 

Just Two Kids

just two kids, sister and brother
who played hide n’ seek
as we rambled down the street
me afraid of quicksand, you collected blue bellied lizards.

 played hide n’ seek
until dusk’s blanket hid us all
me afraid of quicksand, you collected blue bellied lizards
I escaped inside a book while you looked through a telescope

 until dusk’s blanket hid us all
nightly routines: dishes, homework, practice the violin
I escaped inside a book while you looked through a telescope
parents sat at the kitchen, drinks in hand

nightly routines: dishes, homework, practice the violin
television droned on and on, with the body counts
parents sat at the kitchen table, drinks in hand
I plotted my escape to college

television droned on and on, with the body counts
as we rambled down the street
I plotted my escape to college
just two kids, sister and brother

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8 Responses to Read Write Poem: Narrative Wallpaper

  1. Tumblewords says:

    Great form for this memory – it reads so well!

  2. wayne says:

    no kidden …dusk’s blanket hid us all…great line about childood and memories…..thanks for sharing this

  3. Absolutely lovely!

    Pamela

  4. joannejohns says:

    Perfect choice of form for exposing the repetition and slow progression of childhood. Great poem.

  5. derrick2 says:

    Yes, this does relate the elastic timescale of childhood; days, activities blur. We can be reassured by the repetition as well as having a desire to escape it.

  6. barbarayoung says:

    The repetition serves you well. Nicely done, especially the quicksand

  7. rallentanda says:

    The pantoum was a very good choice .The form
    illustrates the grinding routine of daily life
    beautifully.Well done!

  8. Lisa Nowak says:

    I love it!

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