New Life

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Inside The Ink
(poetry or flash fiction with Magaly)
This week, I invite you to take a quote from the last book you read, and turn it into a new three-stanza poem or a very short story (of 313 words or fewer). Dance with the quote, laugh with it… cry with it—make us feel what the words made you feel. Please share the book quote and title.

From: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Quote used: “You know you’re not that interesting anyway.”

He moves forward one step,
she back up two steps.
Puzzled, he wonders what happened.

She wonders how she kept
allowing him inside, like a stray pet.
He has no web for her to get trapped in.

Her inner broom has swept
him away; he is feeling inept
for the first time. Goodbye welcome wagon.

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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14 Responses to New Life

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    I LOVE “her inner broom has swept him away.” I am going to remember that inner broom.

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  2. I appreciated the analogy with the stray pet.


  3. kaykuala h says:

    Spate of tyranny is over.
    They strike at midnight.

    Well and good that they now had decided to make their destiny crucial for their own well-being



  4. “Goodbye welcome wagon”, indeed. Sometimes , one just needs to kick them until they stop coming back with their tails between their legs (or pretending they own the house).


  5. Ah.. the inner broom… that’s good.

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  6. Teresa says:

    This is nice. Love the imagery.


  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Succinct and telling.


  8. sanaarizvi says:

    Beautifully haunting!

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