A Beautiful Friendship

Written for Quickly #22

Take some common item you commonly see. Your phone, or refrigerator; your car, bedside lamp, toilet paper holder. Whatever you choose, it should be familiar.

Now put it in a movie, a famous film, and make it the center of a scene.

Maybe my coffee cup is next to Jack Nicholson’s typewriter in The Shining. Or my cell phone’s in Scarlet O’Hara’s reticule. (Surely she carried a reticule when she puts on her living room drapes and goes to see Rhett for a loan). Maybe your wedding ring is on a tray in Tiffany’s.

You see that this could be dramatic, silly, subtle. As you will.

Does your change in any way affect the action, or the way you see the action. Does it affect the item? Does it re-order the universe?
Play with the idea.

On a bourbon-soaked table,
a mini-iPad, and printer
sat idle. Customer must have
left it in haste. Shame to
waste this opportunity,
Sam thought, as he played
piano. He fretted, bet
his boss would not take
seeing Ilsa again in stride.

In a room upstairs, Ilsa paced
the floor. From moment she entered
the door of Rick’s, she knew
her task at hand would be difficult
to achieve. She and Victor must leave
Casa Blanca with legal letters
of transport.

Sam closed the piano.  He went
to work printing letters
of transport that would pass
even Louie’s scrutiny. Rick
never saw Ilsa, thus being spared
a second heartbreak.


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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2 Responses to A Beautiful Friendship

  1. Very creative response to the placement question!


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