Written for Poem Tryouts with Margo Roby – Image prompt

Do the same thing I imagine van Gogh to have done and glance around you. Don’t look for something, just let your eyes move around the room. When your brain yells:  Go back! you’ll have what you want to paint into a poem.


The cat is flat,
pink and black stripes.
The monkey is a brown pole,
missing arms and legs.
Strangest of all, is an orange,
and green foot from a giraffe.
This pile of misfits lies
in the living room, secure
in the knowledge that the dog
will play with them, no matter
their deformities.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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  1. margo roby says:

    Your still life is hysterical. How gorgeous!


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