A Evening On The Terrace

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – Hometown Haibun (posted by Mish)
Think hometown. Bring to life a scene or experience from your hometown, whether it be a childhood or adult memory. Reminisce. Relive a moment. Describe to us this place you are originally from using sensory details. If you wish, you may choose to view your hometown through new eyes, the way it feels and looks to you now when you visit.

The housing project buildings had one small terrace
per floor of nine families. We thought it huge.
It wasn’t. One summer, we kids decided to put on
a show for our parents. The terrace was reserved
for practice. We wore costumes–actually our parent’s
clothes and shoes.

Possessing no vocal talent, I nonetheless forged
ahead and sang two songs. To this day I remain
protected by not remembering how I sounded.

bevy of birds
perch in tree, singing
brazen bluejay off-key


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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32 Responses to A Evening On The Terrace

  1. qbit says:

    That is so great!


  2. Kids sing not caring how they sound. And they shouldn’t care. They should just have fun!


  3. rothpoetry says:

    This one made me smile and sad at the same time. Such a cute idea and brave rendition. Who told you that you were off key? Sad that you feel you were not adequate.


  4. Love that blue jay! I can’t sing a note, so I have to sing in secret. It’s a shame. I’m glad you had your unselfconscious moment in the spotlight!


  5. You must have sounded dreadful if you’ve gone down in folk history 🙂 Lovely memory 🙂


  6. Sumana Roy says:

    This is lovely in spite of the bluejay moment. I love that ‘bevy of birds’ too 🙂


  7. Misky says:

    Brilliant haiku. Really enjoyed reading this.


  8. Kathy Reed says:

    I can picture this…thanks gor sharing this snippet of your hometown.:-)


  9. Ha… I think you are still grateful that there where no one to record the moment… so much harder for a blue jay person to forget….


  10. MNL says:

    laughing, funny show but no one probably cared how you sounded, just proud that you got up there and took the chance


  11. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice memory. I can’t sing either, but I am sure your parents loved hearing you sing.


  12. jazzytower says:

    This made me laugh…the haiku just says it all. Great!


  13. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you for the smiles you gave me while reading this,



  14. Sarah Lea Stories says:

    Urban imagery!

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  15. Mish says:

    Haha…I think we are so much braver in our youth but I’m sure no one cared even if you were off key. Love the alliteration in your haiku.


  16. Singledust says:

    you had such imagination! parents clothes must have seemed like circus outfits! and I like the brazen bluejay, sounds so impish and endearing.


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