six word saturday on Napo day 5

Poeming full time since April one.

Never mind the quality, feel the width.  A kind of frenzy kicks in for National Poetry Month (Napowrimo), which has me flitting from prompt to prompt and trying to do them all.  The result in my case is some pretty naff poetry!  And then I wear my eyes out trying to read everyone’s contributions.  

This is my fifth Napo, not to mention a few Octpowrimos, and I hope to stay the course.

A little sample for you :  The prompt at We Write Poems is history:   ” So I ask you this week: what’s in your genes? What have you been inspired by, historically? “

My Genes

like everyone else’s are a mishmash
of ancestors, right back to Adam.
A soupçon of Norfolk farming folk
from my maternal grandfather,
and  an influx of Irish from Mum’smum –
the story goes that they fled famine
when the potato crop failed with blight.

Dad’sdad was an entrepreneur
who made and lost fortunes,
made bad puns, a naughty man,
but he was a lot of fun.
He left his wife with five young’uns to raise,
took up with a Parisian milliner –
strict, she was, but a much better cook than Gran.

Dad’smum was a corker
one of the upper crust
a Dudley-Ward, no less.
Somewhere in her history
someone ran off with the coachman,
another was in the chorus line,
but she didn’t talk about that.







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30 Responses to six word saturday on Napo day 5

  1. How closely was your DW related to Freda…?

    My ancestors fled the Irish famine as well. Just think, if they’d gone to NY instead of Liverpool, we might never have met.


  2. colonialist says:

    There must be some sort of virus going round inspiring the rhyme towards family history – I hadn’t see this before I had written my next effort still to be posted.


  3. Irene says:

    This is rollicking history with a lot of running off. A keeper.


  4. I loved reading this – so interesting and love the use of a bit of tongue in cheek.


  5. I love how you took us through your backstory — an unraveling of threads, if you will, to see what’s woven in.



  6. restlessjo says:

    Fascinating insights there, Viv. I misread “ran off with the coalman” and choked on my coffee 🙂 Must be the northerner in me! I have no idea how you keep up.
    Thanks again for being my ‘good fairy’.


  7. Lindy Lee says:

    That’s life– good write…


  8. McGuffy Ann says:

    I already visited your first link, as I go down the line. I was going to do April poetry, but am in the middle of several things!


  9. Shah Wharton says:

    Loved the dad’sdad and mom’smom. That’s how we say it and it rang true. Sounds like they lived through hard times too! I’m not doing this challenge. Just don’t have the time or energy, although II do miss out. 😦 Great write as always (your bad is better than most’s good!) X


  10. Melanie says:

    I love this! Maybe next year, I’ll participate with you. What an awesome idea.


  11. Mlissabeth says:

    I enjoyed the poem. I am sure we all have stories like that.


  12. Karen S. says:

    Great source of images throughout your poem.


  13. charleenm says:

    I like it. Very nice.


  14. gillena says:

    nice poem; smiled at your ending. have a nice Saturday, please share at my blog on Tuesday 22nd April – ‘Earth Day’ and Thursday April 24th – ‘A Poem In Your Pocket Day’

    much love…


  15. Ron. says:

    I’m doing it, too, V, on a whim. I told myself I wouldn’t, but…. I’m trying to keep it light, though; to write smaller, sort of off-the-cuffish stuff so I don’t burn myself out or take time away from more serious efforts. Still, I’m hoping that at least a few good first drafts emerge.


  16. colourful strands of DNA indeed! My mother’s grandfather once climbed up the roof to pee down the chimney into the soup pot! Of such stories are family tales edited and coloured!


  17. Challenges are exhausting but they are great for focusing the muse! Normally I have so many ideas in my head that it’s hard to get them written! I’m enjoying NaPoWriMo x
    Yea my Irish side went off to the states on the famine ships but I haven’t managed to trace them as they had a very common name- Roche!


    • That’s a french name. My Gran’s family was Maloney


      • Yes apparently the Roche’s were originally Huguenots but they left France due to persecution. It is a very common name round County Cork where my ancestors came from.
        Maloney is a beautiful true Irish name. The other side of my family were McCluskey from County Armagh so I’m mostly Irish with a bit of French and Scottish thrown in. There is however a black sheep side to our family who were apparently Spanish travellers! They changed their name to Smith when they arrived in order to integrate so it is impossible to trace them back to our roots sadly. We share the Irish colouring of fair skin and hair!


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