Within every family are a few eccentrics. Whether they are oddballs, lovable curmudgeons, or total crackpots, they’re yours. But, if you can run through the mental Rolodex of relatives and can’t find a nutty one—
Chances are, you are it.
Counting all the peculiarities of your tribe can either be exhausting or everything you need for a secret bingo game at the next family gathering. Rather than get frustrated with Uncle Albert and his aptitude for sharing the same story 20 years and counting, why not have fun with it?
Try It: Family Limericks
Think of a few quirky relatives in your family tree. Why not pay homage to their wackiness with a colorful limerick? Consider a particularly funny moment by theatrical Aunt Enid, a strange habit of your sibling, or any kind of familial oddity. Of course, feel free to change the name of the guilty party. You don’t want to be left out of the will, do you? Go ahead and get started, follow the simple form, and have some fun at their familial expense.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is an irreverent limerick from Rick we enjoyed:
More frequent the higher they rise,
their scandals and rhetorical cries—
corrupt practices, lies and damn lies.
—by Rick Maxson
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland