Familial traits, the signs we try to hide.


God rest your soul

The sins of the father shall be forever imprinted on your weary brow

He filchered and fettled and frolicked in the sun

Leaving behind a string of homeless wives and penniless sons

These faults are incumbent on you and you will falter and fail

Unless you take heed of the signs and learn the lessons.

Give constancy care and compassion

Avoid adultery and count your blessings.


Alison Jean Hankinson

For d’verse poetics, the challenge was sign.



Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

10 thoughts on “Familial traits, the signs we try to hide.”

  1. I really like the message here and your interpretation of the prompt. Wonderful alliteration. I believe we have the power to change our trajectory despite our family backgrounds. It is not easy, but definitely possible. Thanks for a second response to the prompt, Alison!

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  2. The second line is the powerful one here. I’m going to jump from this…way outside the box of your particular words here……..to the idea that the actions one president recently took, by himself, to withdraw the US from the World Climate Accord, to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of funding, positions, scientists with portions of its website wiped clean……..these “sins” shall be forever reaped upon future generations. Well, that’s a big leap from your words!!! But, that’s the sign of good writing…that it strikes something in the reader that “connects” and causes the reader to think and ponder. And that, my friend, is what your words did for me today 🙂

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    1. Always welcome and I do get it…. we carry the legacy of our forefathers too…In NZ we weren’t allowed to give blood as our generation might have “mad cow’s disease” it would appear that man’s ignorance is often worn by the next gerneration.. Much love to you, XXX

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