Poem of the Fortnight: Being Six

 

Being Six

Was

Riding a used bike my Dad painted black,

Undated photo of me, probably about age 6.

Undated photo of me, probably about age 6. The giraffes in the dress were green.

him running alongside

until I sailed off on my own two wheels.

Is

graduating from a used pink Barbie princess bike

to a new purple Monster High model

your new Daddy bought

Was

climbing, hanging by my knees

tumbling on a team

Is

dangling hand-over-hand across monkey rings,

tearing around the playground

Was

walking a quarter of a mile to school,

stopping quietly for thoroughbred horses to pass by

Chloe at Zilker Park on President's Day, February 18.

Chloe at Zilker Park on President’s Day, February 18.

Is

being driven three blocks to school, dropped off

and picked up afterwards, Metallica blasting

Was

making flower-petal perfume,

trying to reach vials on high shelves,

pulling the cupboard down on myself

Is

making soap potions in the bathtub,

mud pies and sand puddings in the yard

Was

my Gran being so far away I rarely saw her

Is

Having five grandmas

and at least four grandpas, mostly nearby

Was

growing up in two little towns

with two parents, a brother and a sister

Is

living in a city of braided, blended, two-mommy,

no daddy, new daddy families

Was

drawing ballerinas,

growing up to be an artist.

Is

drawing princesses,

wanting to be an art teacher.

For Chloe, February 2013

This poem came out of a writing workshop I took with Kiya Heartwood. The exercise was to make up song titles. Since I don’t write songs, I used the title as a prompt for a poem. Thanks to my Writers’ League poetry group for the critique and suggested changes.

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2 responses to “Poem of the Fortnight: Being Six”

  1. mybeautfulthings says :

    What a lovely poem summing up neatly and affectionately how things have changed. 🙂

  2. Lisa says :

    Beautiful…. really doesn’t express in a word your poem! Thank you for sharing! Love that pic of you and of Chloe being about the same age!

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