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Five Answers; One Question

When you’re born
In a place,
You get a certificate –

If you move before 2 –
Add curiosity. Were 
The dogwoods truly stunning?

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.

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.

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.

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.


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