Reaction and Love

Written for:  Miz Quickly – #5 – Write Hard

“Each of the following lines from The New York Times is likely to provoke an emotional response of some kind. Choose one of these or write a VERY BRIEF simplification of some topic you feel intensely. Write for yourself. Just a line, long or short. But something you are pretty sure you will still understand in ten years. Maybe (in some cases, hopefully) the context will have been forgotten. You want something that will stir your emotions. You may choose to write something opposing in theme or subject, something hopeful or joyful. That’s okay, but it should be specific.


North Korean Nuclear Test Draws U.S. Warning of ‘Massive Military Response’

Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA, With 6-Month Delay

Eager to Create Blue-Collar Jobs, a Small Business Struggles

Since statues tell us whom society deems important, more female figures are in order.

After Harvey, a Return to High Water


Write your line a little bit above the center fold of a full sheet of paper.

Turn it over.

Now, with that in your mind, write a poem for, to, or about someone you love. (If you decided to write a joyful, hopeful line, write a poem about something you hate. Yes. Hate. And not like “I hate sticky zippers”. If you don’t hate anything or anyone, lie.)

Include two of the following words. Do not try to use them all for this exercise.

beg, knife, leak, expecting, warning, red, exhaust, airy, break, hill


If you feel, afterward, like writing a current events poem, do.”

My headline is:  Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA with 6-Month Delay

Children should not be held accountable for their parent’s actions.
We are all immigrants; we all contribute a thread to the embroidery
of America.


My two poem words are: knife and break

I love you, my friend.
My heart breaks
for you–that unbearable
twisted knife of loss
you are experiencing.
How do you heal?
You can only bandage
the wound to keep it
at bay. There is no

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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1 Response to Reaction and Love

  1. ManicDdaily says:

    A very intense poem and good use of the words. I think time does help most wounds, but it takes its…. time. Thanks. k.


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