Class Act

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Weekend Mini-Challenge,
People and Places  (posted by Kim)
In poetry we use imagery to convey moments, emotions, objects, animals, people and places. Sometimes we can convey someone’s personality through place and vice versa – place through our description of a person.

Today’s challenge is to write about a place through a person or a person through a place.

Dark chocolate tables
and cabinets gleam,
white floors shine,
and glass tables smile
at you. Soothing music,
a backdrop to cinnamon-
scented candles in Autumn,
pine and fir in Winter.
Soft sage walls provide
a canvas for copper,
gold, and burnt orange
paintings and vases.
Each item strategically
placed, countertops free
of clutter. When she steps
out her front door, her hair
is smooth, her clothes
and jewelry draped just so.
And you know, she is a
classy woman.

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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10 Responses to Class Act

  1. kim881 says:

    This is so not me, Sara! You’ve painted a picture of society’s/men’s idea of a perfect housewife – a Stepford Wife! The first lines sound friendly, with their smiling glass tables and soothing music. The scented candles are also warm and comforting. But then your poem spins on the words ‘Each item strategically placed’. And those countertops free of clutter, do they ever produce comfort food? You really got me with this poem, Sara!


  2. Jim says:

    I hope her man, if she gets one, can cook a few staples like hot dogs and fried eggs. Microwaves are a boon to the modern yuppie bride’s family. A fun read with a ‘different’ ending, different than I imagined.


  3. Marian says:

    This suggests much more under the surface, or at least one hopes so.


  4. When your classy woman turns out to become a case of OCD I wonder if it’s worth the price… will she enjoy anything but affirmation?


  5. Candy says:

    indeed! Perfectly stated


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