Sunday, October 24, 2010

Poem Written for my Aunt Em

Yesterday was a busy day, the Family History Society of Arizona had an all day fall conference.  It was my first time to attend one of the conferences by this group.  I think it was very well done.  The two main speakers were excellent.  I enjoyed the round table that was done with a panel of six guest who had published genealogy books.  The two afternoon sessions were interesting and I picked up some tips from those classes. 
The one main speaker was a professor of English at ASU (Arizona State University).  He has also published a book about Persevering and Writing Family History.
He had us do a writing exercise, no surprise there.  I choice to do the poem.  It is a formula poem but it does work and it help to share the stories. 

Formula Poem and a Sample

Here is a sample of the poem formula and a poem sample.  I was drawn to this right away and wanted to try it even before he announce we would be doing a writing exercise.  He also had some us read  our stories.  They were really good and I enjoyed them all. 
I did read mine, but I am a bit of a ham. 

I will publish it here.  I might want to add it on another day but for today this is good. 

Eleanore & Emma 1949 My parent's wedding.
Who always had a smile for her favorite niece.
Who was married to an Italian name Gus and had three sons.
Who loved outings to the zoo, to the theater and to the beach.
Who felt happy at family events.
Who needed help for a son.
Who feared computers.
Who gave Birthday wishes every year, no matter the number of miles .
Who would have liked to have had grandchildren.
Who resided in Long Island City, New York and Cocoa Beach, Florida.

One small step for me and my ancestors.  

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