NaPoWriMo Day 18: Who Catches the Catcher Upper?

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Language of Childhood

Keep your eyes peeled, she says,
and I am gone
combining eyes and grapes
And my grandma finds the house
on her own

What’s in the bag, goose?
She asks, and I am gone
wondering what a goose might keep in a bag
and why?

Who knows?
I ask, rhetorical
Her response: Only the shadow knows—and I am gone
picturing the shape
of a shadow’s mind
and what secrets it might hold

As I wander, imagining, I hear
Don’t be a space cadet!
For years I believe that “cadet”
Means merely “someone who doesn’t listen”
I am gone,
Pondering the language of childhood

The prompt for this one was to use the language of childhood, and that made me think of all the weird sayings that my mom and grandma used that I never understood. What weird things does your family say?

Teacher Pretty
Middle school ESL teacher, lover of pink, eater of kimchi, addicted to Etude House, expert procrastinator, meeter of 2-dimensionial popstars: Ana. That's me.

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