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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)

TITLE: The Eighty-Fourth Annual Bancroft Reunion
By Catrina Bradley


The eighty-fourth annual Bancroft reunion
commences at noon in the park in McCoonian.

From homes far and near there will come a confluence
of Bancrofts and Greeleys and Jacksons and Greuins.

The first to arrive are my PawPaw and Nanny
and right on their heels comes my first cousin Franny.

Great Grampa limps in with his cane in his hand;
the tales from his war years are much in demand.

Aunt Ava invited her young beau Evander;
teen twins Belle and Barbie stop short for a gander.

Aunt Doris struts in all dressed up for a party,
her brats held in check by my poor Uncle Marty.

In each person’s hands is a dish for the dinner.
There’s no one today who will leave this place thinner.

Fried chicken and veggies and salads abounding;
Much chitter and chatter and gossip resounding.

The dinner bell rings and the silence grows thunderous
as Grandpa gives thanks for our blessings so wondrous.

Teresa and Michael come late to the table
and squeeze in twixt Sandy and her cousin Mabel.

The main course completed it’s time for the sweet treats,
So out come the pies and the cakes and the sweetmeats.

With bellies filled up the old people sit cheering
while younger ones choose sides for games in the clearing.

Too soon comes the time for this shindig’s conclusion;
dismayed cries arise at the thought of seclusion.

The dishes are packed up and emails exchanged,
stray children collected and play dates arranged.

We shake hands and hug and we promise to call,
then get in our cars with loud shouts of “Bye ya’ll!”

We’ll gather next year for more family communion
at the eighty-fifth annual Bancroft reunion.

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Karen Wilber06/13/08
Happy, bouncy rhythm. I can just picture Aunt Doris strutting in. Fun.
Beth LaBuff 06/14/08
What a fun reunion with all the folk and the food this was... I wonder if the 85th reunion will be as good? Nice work and a lot of fun are in this.
Joanne Sher 06/14/08
A wonderfully cheerful and delightful piece, with just the right meter for the mood you are setting. Wish I could go :D
Chely Roach06/16/08
This was a lot of fun to read...very entertaining. Thanks!
Debbie Wistrom06/18/08
Absolutely Fabulous. I'm in awe of your talent.

This was fun to boot!
Sara Harricharan 06/18/08
Very cute! I liked the line with the two teens "Belle and Barbie" That made me giggle! ^_^
Lyn Churchyard06/18/08
Great stuff! I loved the flow and rhythm of this wonderful piece. So many people and so much food made it sound just like a church potluck dinner. I loved the stanza In each person’s hands is a dish for the dinner.
There’s no one today who will leave this place thinner.

You done good Catlin :- )
Joshua Janoski06/18/08
This poem was very upbeat and fun. I tend to prefer poems like this compared to the more serious ones. I really enjoyed your lighthearted offering this week. :)
Colin Swann06/21/08
Thanks you masters for your expertise and encouragement that we writers experience from you, right from starting out as beginners.
Helen Dowd07/30/08
Wow! This is a masterpiece. I enjoyed every line of it...Great poetry, fitting in all the people and activities and staying within the rhyme. I love this kind of poetry...Helen
Beth LaBuff 10/28/08
Catrina -- Don't you love family reunions? :) This is total fun. I love the "In each person’s hands is a dish for the dinner. -- There’s no one today who will leave this place thinner." I had a great time meeting all your relatives here. :) and am looking forward to your sequel "The eight-fifth annual Bancroft reunion. :)