dVerse Clowning Around

Just Cousins

We packed the car so nothing would rattle,
that sort of thing set Dad’s teeth on edge,
and we headed for our vacation. The lake.

The lake, where you and I would go to hide
from the little ones who wanted to stick
to us like ceiling paint, where you’d drink

beer, and I drank grape Nehi from an ice
cold bottle, and you said that Auntie Jean
and Uncle Dom we’re actually cousins,

and that your mom said that it was a sin
for cousins to marry, which was why they
couldn’t have any babies. And that night

I asked my mother if it was true about
Auntie Jean and Uncle Dom, and she said,
“Well, not really. They’re second cousins.”

And I said something thoughtful, like, Huh?
so she drew me a tree-like-map explaining it.

The next day I had a sip of your beer,
and said, “You’re are so full of shit,” and
you said you were just clowning around —
it was a clean slate with your own face on.

For dVerse’s prompt “Clowning Around” “A clean slate, with your own face on” a line from “You’re” by Sylvia Plath, and using the word “clown”, plus Twiglet #190 “Packed in Cars”  © Misky 2020. The image is from WikiArt.

12 responses to “dVerse Clowning Around”

  1. “it was a clean slate with your own face on.” – perfect line.

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  2. There was a time though that some 1st’s did marry… and I heard once of an older brother marrying a younger sister… Now that’s scary. Lot of issues with royalty clowning around that way… not a good deal at all.


  3. Misky, you used that line to perfection. I wonder if history will repeat itself with these two, which I think her sipping the beer might suggest?


    1. Let’s assume she’s too smart for that, after all the girl drinks grape soda!

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  4. Beverly Crawford avatar
    Beverly Crawford

    Well that clears up the cousin dilemma and puts a clean face on things!! Great family story!

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  5. Perfect write! I giggled out loud as I read it. Cheers.

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  6. What a perfect slice of story, Misk. Love.


  7. This is a delight to read, both theme and verses flowing nicely.


  8. Keepin’ it in the family… 😉


  9. The Plath line slipped in so easily and perfectly, Misky, and the story unwound itself.


  10. This is a story that rings absolutely true. I wonder what will happen when they grow up.


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