NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 23

2 min readApr 23


Today’s prompt is to write a poem of your own that has multiple numbered sections. Attempt to have each section be in dialogue with the others, like a song where a different person sings each verse, giving a different point of view. Set the poem in a specific place that you used to spend a lot of time in, but don’t spend time in anymore.

Parks and Recreation 
by ARHuelsenbeck

We used to go to the park
to swim in the river,
my mother and I.
I remember her pink towel
and the scent of her lavender perfume.

The slide must have been
twenty feet tall.
It had a big bump in the middle
that could make you go airborn.
Sometimes kids would bring
sheets of waxed paper
and polish the slide with it-
which made it superfast!
Sometimes you'd land
so hard on your backside.

there were activities for kids.
My favorite was "molds."
You'd pay your coin- nickel, dime, or quarter,
depending on the size-
and choose your mold.
Mr. Olshan would fill it
with plaster of paris.
After an hour or two in the sun,
it would be dry and hard.
Mr. Olshan would turn that rubber mold
inside out and present you
with a statue or figurine or plaque
all ready for you to paint.
Good times.

As I got older
(junior high age)
I was allowed to participate in
the end-of-summer dance.
A band of teenagers
played guitars and drums
and sang songs from the radio.
I hoped and hoped
a boy would ask me to dance
but no one ever did.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

Originally published at on April 23, 2023.




Former elementary general music teacher. Wife, and mother of five. Blogging about the arts and the creative process at