Flat Iron

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Weekend Mini-Challenge:  “Buildings” (posted by Kim)

Today’s challenge is to write about a building. It could be a specific building with a name that we would all know without directly naming it. It could be a church, a school or a building in which you have lived. It could be a department store, a government building or a concert hall. It is up to the reader to work out what the building is. Your poem does not have to consist of nine stanzas like Larkin’s and can be in any form you choose, but it should be a new poem.


A wedge, triangular piece
of pie. An odd lot–
what could be built
on this strange shape
of land? Daniel Burnham
had an idea. They scoffed,
jeered at such a notion.
Collapse was predicted.
That was in 1905. Still
alive and kicking,
Flat Iron building
remains on its frame.
Although ironing
is not an art I practice,
I love this sturdy
tall appliance-shaped


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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20 Responses to Flat Iron

  1. Charley says:

    Ah, yes! The brave little toaster of skyscrapers. You wrote it into an informative, paeanistic poem. Good work!


  2. kim881 says:

    My favourite New York building – we have a framed photograph of that ‘piece of pie’!


  3. I remember it from visits to New York. Certainly imaginative, even outlandish, in its day. A nice tribute!


  4. Jae Rose says:

    It’s a noble structure you celebrate it wonderfully


  5. Kerry says:

    It is certainly unique.

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  6. MYRNA ZACH says:

    An iconic piece of NY that is a native favorite



  7. kanzensakura says:

    That brave building! You did a wonderful job with the poem that pays great tribute to it.


  8. Jim says:

    I love those Flat Iron buildings, seems they turn out quickly to be city landmarks. My favorite was the Flat Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. It was built in 1912 and is on the National Register. It was “designed in the Georgian Revival style” whatever that is. I was born and grew up about 40 miles north of Omaha.
    Very well written, Sarah, in true mini-form. It read well for me and was still very informative.


  9. Gillena Cox says:

    Remarkable write thanks for adding the photo of the building

    much love…


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