The challenge of NaPoWriMo today is to write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time. It could be the story of the time your Uncle Louis caught a home run ball, the time your Cousin May accidentally brought home a coyote and gave it a bath, thinking it was a stray dog, or something darker (or even sillier).

Here’s my memory of a family vacation 🙂


Poem: An amusing family vacation


In the summer of 1990’s

Almost three decades ago

My folks decided to visit

Some place that was cold



So they planned a journey to hills

Amidst snow, waterfalls and quilts

With three of their four kids

And booked a cab in a blink



But as soon as my cousins got to know

That we were going to enjoy some snow

What a ruckus they all created

And the plan got reformulated



So in a cab we all had to accommodate

As expense we couldn’t inflate

We were now six kids and three adults

And without a fuss we were told to adjust



We were stuffed in the car backseat

And it was difficult to breathe due to heat

But we laughed and giggled all the way

And it makes me smile to this day


©Vandana Bhasin