Genetic Dress Up

Granma said I had her hands.
From Mom, I got her hair;
In fact, I got her everything
But not her everywhere.

Daddy said we both could talk
‘Bout science or the sky.
Aunty found her backside’s home
And hips’, above my thighs.

Granpa gave me both my ears
And then he gave his nose;
If I had known, I’d’ve passed them by
And just gone with his clothes.

Unca thought we laughed the same
At similar, odd jokes.
Great grammie said, “Jes’ be yerself,
“Don’ blame yer looks on folks!”

She’s one to scouff;
She’s got my mouth.

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich on

©2021 Chel Owens

In response to Carrot Ranch’s prompt:

January 14, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about dressing up. It can be a child or another character. Be playful or go where the prompt leads!

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26 thoughts on “Genetic Dress Up

  1. DiosRaw January 20, 2021 / 12:15 am


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  2. Lucy January 20, 2021 / 12:35 am

    Ha! That final line is brilliant. 😀

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    • Chel Owens January 20, 2021 / 12:46 am

      🙂 Oh, good. Cutting off at 99 words is tricky.

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      • Lucy January 20, 2021 / 1:35 am

        I can imagine, but you did fantastic. 🙂

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  3. willowdot21 January 20, 2021 / 2:16 am

    Yes I agree you ended it brilliantly, the whole poem is very cute and true 💜


    • Chel Owens January 20, 2021 / 11:04 am

      ❤ Thank you, Willow.


  4. Hobbo January 20, 2021 / 2:21 am

    This was laugh out loud funny Chel!😂😂😂

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    • Chel Owens January 20, 2021 / 11:05 am

      If I have The Hobbo Approval, I am genuinely proud. Thank you. ❤

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      • Hobbo January 20, 2021 / 12:44 pm

        You are welcome. I enjoy a good chuckle, and that was right up there!😂

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  5. obbverse January 20, 2021 / 7:19 am

    Wordplayed Chel! Short, bitter sweet. Inspiring, too?
    Look in the dresser mirror, one things clear,
    I’ve never had the model looks I’ve desired,
    More like a flat-pack salvaged from Ikea-
    Some major re-reassembly required.

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    • Chel Owens January 20, 2021 / 11:05 am

      😀 😀 I’m sure I wouldn’t flat-pack.

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  6. Herb January 20, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    Very clever. It’s always something how folks can take a baby and say, “Oh, he has grandma’s eye” or “He looks just like Uncle Pete.” He just looks like a wrinkled up little baby to me, lol.

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    • Chel Owens January 20, 2021 / 4:21 pm

      The wrinkles are from the stitches of putting all those parts together.

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    • Chel Owens January 21, 2021 / 10:58 am

      😀 Anytime. Sorry for the times I make you cry.


  7. Norah January 24, 2021 / 3:06 am

    This is great, Chelsea. It’s so true.

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  8. Jules January 28, 2021 / 8:49 am

    It truly is amazing at the family reflected in our mirror image.
    But I’d stick with Great Grammie – Be yourself!

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    • Chel Owens January 28, 2021 / 9:29 am

      😀 😀 Sometimes I piece apart my children: Ah, you have my nose but your dad’s chin.

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