Day 24: NaPoWriMo 2021

for Miz Quickly’s Day 24 prompt: Merit

The Merit of Parental Advice

I earned 32 Girl Scout badges,
made 1st class scout twice,

but my mother said,
her finger poking at me,

You better hope you can find
someone to marry.

Poetic Asides Response Poem

In Response to Atwood’s Three Desk Objects

What minutes tick
and what hours gone,
what moisture loss
before this white tissue

With nasal snot and
crusty bits sits bored
and crumpled stiff, and

What use these notes
with words and numbers,
what meaning is there
this word “flutter” and

What should I read into
UK 2020-21, if not a past
or some future date.

It taxes me.

Written for Miz Quickly’s Day 24: Merit. And that’s the way it was back when I was a kid, and nobody knew what autism was. “Your child is lazy and disruptive,” a teacher wrote on my report card. I shall endeavour to find something more intelligent to write after I clean the filthy oven.  The 2nd poem is for PA’s Day 24: A Response Poem. I wrote to Three Desk Objects by Margaret Atwood . Photo by Zachary Kadolph on Unsplash. © Misky 2021, shared with #apoemaday on Twitter.

8 responses to “Day 24: NaPoWriMo 2021”

  1. The second-best piece of parental advice I ever received came from my mother. She said, “Ron, don’t be an asshole.” The BEST parental advice I ever got came from my father, who told me: “Ron, always listen to your mother.”

    Two fine writes, Ms Misk. Thanks.

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    1. Funny how these things stick.


  2. Undiagnosed autism must be so confusing and isolating.

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    1. Apparently, girls are very good at disguising and compensating for it, making symptoms more difficult to notice. For me, it’s an occasional processing issue; my brain just won’t process what I’ve read. As an adult, it’s much easier because if I don’t understand (ie., instructions!) I just ask for explanation.

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      1. Yes I have heard that about girls. I listened to a great interview (again on Elizabeth Day’s podcast – I think we’ve talked about her before) with a teenage girl who has written a book for teenage girls with autism. She was so articulate. I was in awe of her.


        1. Thanks for reminding me of Elizabeth Day. I’ve some catching up to do on my podcasts.

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