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Day 5 — OctWriPoMo — The Story Remains the Same

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Today’s prompt got me thinking about what I’ve learned from my parents.  It’s a ponderance I’ve had over the years that what’s been learned is a mixed bag.  Parental attributes are a double-edged sword, a yin and yang, if you will.  I have no idea whether this can be considered poetry or not, but the form set up is a modified acrostic.  The first set of Mother and Father expresses what I see as their worst attributes.  The second set of Mother and Father expresses what I see as their best.  After each letter in the acrostic, you will find what I thought — or think — about those attributes.  Next comes what I feel was gleaned from each.  There is no real chronology here really.  It’s a mishmash.  The attributes gleaned are looking from the me who is now. 

i.

Monstrous

                Bullied, slapped, put us in harm’s way.

                                “How will I get through this?”

                                                Hatred.  Patience.  Hope.

Ornery

                Mean for the sake of being mean.

                                “Why is she always so angry?”

                                                Toughness.  Curiosity.  Acceptance.

Treacherous

                Don’t turn your back if you make her mad.

                                “Why does she always need to get revenge?”

                                                Frustration.  Treading Lightly.  Alertness.

Hateful

                “Oh no, you won’t be going.  Remember your smirk?”

                                “She’s such a b*tch!”

                                                Aggravation.  Exasperation.  Curbing the impulse.

Evil

                Pimping out her child.  Allowing her children to be beaten.

                                “How could she do this?  How could she allow this?”

                                                Confusion.  Righteousness.  Quest for empowerment.

Rough

                 Get up, you’re not hurt.

                                “She doesn’t care.”

                                                Toughness.  Perseverance.  Self-sufficiency.

ii.

Fearful

                Afraid of other humans.

                                “What is there to fear in other humans?”

                                                Cautious.  Mistrustful.  Curious.

Absorbed

                Always focused on what others think and do.

                                “How can he know what they think?”

                                                Observant.  Abandoned.  Skeptical.

Territorial

                Rigid rules of use of property and space.

                                “He won’t tolerate any deviation from his rules.”

                                                Respecter of boundaries.  Rule follower.  Irrelevant.

Homebound

                To work, to nature, night moves.

                                “He’s limiting his world.”

                                                Fear of the new.  Lover of nature.  Hard worker.

Explosive

                A quietly ticking time bomb.

                                “Stay quiet when you’re upset.  Don’t make him too mad!”

                                                Tentative.  Unassertive.  Inability to express emotions

appropriately.

Repressive

                A meticulously ordered universe.

                                “Don’t you dare stray from its laws.”

                                                Fearful.  Obedient.  Schizoid.

iii.

Matriarch

                She rules and is capable of ruling.

                                “Mom runs the show.”

                                                Females can rule.  Females are capable.

Observant

                She reads body language like a sociologist.

                                “She has super-powers!”

                                                Females can be powerful.                           

Titanic

                Larger than life.

                                “She fills the room with her presence.”

                                                Females can be heard.

Hard

                Nothing can harm her.

                                “She’s the toughest person I know!”

                                                Females can be empowered.

Employed

                Hard working from a young age.

                                “She works hard and her employers like her.”

                                                Females can be independent.

Rebellious

                Nobody tells her what to do.

                                “She’s a badass!”

                                                Females can stand up for what they believe in.

iv.

Funny

                Wry and dry and a heartwarming chuckle.

                                “He could do stand-up.”

                                                Making others laugh brings joy.

Analytical

                Always analyzing people, places, and things.      

                                “He has a lot of interesting theories.”

                                                Always question.

Talented

Inventions to make ordinary life easier.

                                “Thanks for the stilts!”

                                                Create your own solutions.

Heroic

                The deformed puppy did not run away.

                                “I wonder if we will find him.”

                                                Sometimes a lie is kindness.

Eccentric

                Uncle Fester’s lesser known brother.

                                “Nobody has a dad like mine.”

                                                It’s OK to be different.

Remorseful

                He was sorry he wasn’t Ward Cleaver.

                                “He actually knows he isn’t perfect and admits it?”

                                                Humility and acceptance of one’s own flaws.

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