In The Debris

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  More Abandoning – Image prompt
The photograph comes from a Facebook page that collects abandonings, among other things. Respond to any part of the photograph or to the whole.


In the after swirl
of a tornado,
rafters peeked out
of the ragged roof,
chunks of concrete
crumbled to dust.
Rescuers tried for days to reach
family members crushed
in the debris. No luck.
No survivors. Abandoned,
a lifelike doll in a rusted
out carriage with a look
of terror on her face.

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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6 Responses to In The Debris

  1. pmwanken says:

    I enjoyed the storm angle you took…nice!

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  2. Didn’t think of that one… nice ending with the look on the doll’s face

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  3. I got a similar feeling at first from this image, too…you’ve expressed it so well. I also love the close with the look on the doll’s face. 🙂

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  4. kim881 says:

    Wow, a tornado! Living in England, tornadoes never crossed my mind!


  5. margo roby says:

    Oh, yes. That’s exactly what this could be, tornado aftermath.

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