Family Photo

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by Ralph Fletcher

Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family by Ralph FletcherOne last picture
before we head off
in different directions.

One last group shot
of all of us, smirking,
with rabbit ears.

Three generations,
kids on shoulders,
a baby cousin on my lap.

And in the middle
Grandma and Grandpa
who started all this.

We’re all ripples in a pond
spreading out
from a stone they threw.

Copyright © 1999 Ralph Fletcher. From the book Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family. Orchard Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Author Ralph FletcherRalph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Also Known As Rowan Pohi, Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know, A Writing Kind of Day: Poems from Young Poets, Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, A Writer’s Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.

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One response to “Family Photo”

  1. Love the image of those smirks and rabbit ears, and the idea of Grandma and Grandpa as the stones you’re all rippling out from.
    I think we passed each other at NCTE in the convention center one day, Ralph, but I was late for my next session. Hope you had a fantastic conference!

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