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The Family Reunion

The Family Reunion

With only the highest intent,
Engraved invitations were sent.
The clan from both coasts
Arrived to give toasts
Until all the budget was spent.

The history shared was a dream,
Relationship healings, extreme –
And politics tried,
Both narrow and wide,
With orators deemed most supreme.

The barbecue never grew cold,
With would-be chefs, both young and old.
The tots shucked the ears,
While kids plunged from piers,
And memories recalled were extolled.

When we could but stand it no more,
We fled for the great out-of-door.
The lodging surprise
Did widen our eyes,
As campers withstood a downpour.

The vestiges live with us still,
And we count our calendars till,
We gather again
The clan lion’s den
For family times and goodwill.
c2008 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Posted for a variety of prompts: 
Hump Day Humor (“surprise”), Inspire Me ThursdayMeme Express (“Family Reunions”), Simply Snickers (“stand” and “still”), Three Word Wednesday (“history” “narrow” and “spent”), (“healing”), Weekend Wordsmith ("reunion" photo - below) and Wordless Wednesday (Wednesday edition).


  1. How fun to get the whole family together. It's been years since I've been to a family reunion. We've really become spread out through the whole country.

  2. This is great! I love the story you told with this! :)

  3. I really enjoyed this- it's so cleverly written, and a lovely story! Thanks:)!

    Mine's up too at

  4. Great post!! I love your poems. And I think it is amazing how you manage to get all six memes/prompts organised together in the one post!

    I have two submissions for HDH this week. They are Chef's Surprise and Guess Who...


  5. so great to have such a great big family!
    Sounds like a fun time!

  6. I love family gatherings! I had the surprise of rain one year at my house...not as fun as a beautiful day! Thanks for visiting Baked Beans and for playing along at Hump Day Humor!


  7. teriffic! I have a family reunion coming up soon, you described it perfectly. I am really looking forward to it.

  8. I do believe you captured it all in your wonderful poem. How fun!

  9. that was an awesome post... thank you for sharing... it is always nice to hear pleasant stories abt family reunions...



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