This poem was written for a "writing challenge" at the Penticton Writers' Group. Each participant chose a random word, wrote it at the top of two slips of paper, and on one of the slips wrote 10 words they related to the topic word. The other slip was handed to another participant who also wrote 10 related words. The words then had to be used to write a poem or short story. My topic word was "quirky." This is my effort - you'll find the original list of words at the bottom!
Quirky, she was –
Uniquely, beautifully quirky –
This one who tumbled, unexpectedly,
Into our contentedly well-ordered lives.
She spiraled in
Strangely outcast she was.
Some folk came right out,
No one noticed
And then one day,
Leaving our contented, comfortable,
(The original word list for the writing challenge: QUIRKY, different, odd, isolated, fedoras, outcast, funky, buttons, striped stockings, hats, crazy, unique, original, creative, thoughtful, wierdly, artsy, fanciful, alternative).
By Norma J. Hill
My name is Norma. I'm married to Lionel. We have 5 kids - Taryn, Sarah, Robyn, Wendy and Peter, and one grandchild, Tony. At the moment, I am teaching French and Home Economics at a Christian School. I also enjoy writing, reading, facilitating Christian study groups, exercise, gardening, playing guitar, and a multitude of other interests.
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