I When you’re born In a place, You get a certificate – If you move before 2 – Add curiosity. Were The dogwoods truly stunning? II A farm, two city houses. Greats and grands, aunts, uncles Cousins, firsts and seconds. Roomy cacoon, home but not home. Retreating in memory, but too deeply Embedded in self to ever be lost. III I ran into a woman at Kroger’s I knew I knew her. Couldn’t remember from where. Never lived anywhere long enough For that to happen. If I learn to say Pop, I can call it home. IV Where did you first Find your power -- the one that would Get you through adulthood? As strong as eating ice Cream at 40 below and sweet as The scent of lilacs. V Butt of 1000 jokes and mob movies. Most of a childhood Spent among the trees No one who knew the state only From the turnpike believed It had.
For April 18, based on Faisal Mohyuddin’s poem “Five Answers to the Same Question,” write your own poem that provides five answers to the same question – without ever specifically identifying the question that is being answered.