Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  Indelible

The idea for the prompt comes from a poem written by Sara way back in January, in  response to another prompt of mine. That prompt asks for a moment in a movie, or on television, that evoked a response from you. This is similar, but it’s not the response as much as an image, I am interested in. Read the last six lines of the poem then come back.

Okay? Okay. Is there a television show or a movie you cannot rewatch because of an indelible image?
Think of one such image for yourself and write the image, or write the moment, or write the part of you that cannot deal with the image. Although I am asking for an autobiographical moment, feel free to write in third person and to make up details, as needed.

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby–
cop, charmer,
and husband of Diane.
Years ago, tears ago,
brilliant writing,
cutting edge
sexual relationships.

If NYPD Blue returned,
I could not watch it.
Ask me to recall one
episode, and all I see
is Bobby dying in front
of me, Diane holding
his hand, Bobby’s weary
voice pleading for her
to understand, to let him
go. No.

Until I watched the Emmy’s
that year–Jimmy Smits
presenting–I was fixated
on a hospital bed,
and the red of Diane’s eyes.


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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4 Responses to NYPD Blue

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Aaaaaaa. I did not watch this, but can relate with soooooo many shows.
    “Years ago, tears ago” — yes.

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  2. That made me think of Matthew’s death in Downton Abby – So hard to watch.


  3. margo roby says:

    Very interesting choice, Sara. NYPD was our favourite show. We used to tell our friends that if the White House called, we’d put them on hold until the episode was over. I agree with you I wouldn’t be able to rewatch at least that season. I’m with Debi, too. Downton Abbey lost me with that choice.

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