Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 537

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a code poem.
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For today's prompt, write a code poem. When I first think of code, I picture lines of computer coding. Then, I think of hidden messages that spies use. But people also have codes of conduct, codes of honor, and moral codes. So there are plenty of ways to code your poems this week.

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Here’s my attempt at a Code Poem:


Maybe it's genetics,
but I find I'm shy around strangers and so are my children.

My parents,
when I think about it,
I didn't pay close enough attention,
I guess,
when I was a child,
which is sort of weird,
because my kids are always paying attention to me,
at least,
they copy my every move and mannerism.

So maybe it's genetics,
like I said,
or perhaps,
it's behavior that determines the code we adopt in certain situations.

Either way,
if you're a stranger,
best believe,
we ain't interested in your ice cream,
or small talk.