On A Cartoon Sidewalk

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Radiation”  (posted by Bjorn)

Today we know both of blessings of radiation but mostly of the curse and death that follows. We fear the fact that it’s invisible. It’s a ghost we cannot see that kills or make sick.

Today I would like you to use radiation or the stories surrounding it as inspiration for a poem. You can write about the scientists, the weaponry or uses. I think that radiation can be used as metaphor for toxic emotions.

In the cartoon strip, he has
a black cloud of doom
sketched above this head.
She passes him; a balloon
of question marks above
her head. Her ready smile
snaps shut like a lid
on a plastic container.
Chilled, she knows not
why.  She cannot see
the sketched clouds. He
cannot see her balloon
of questions. Neither
stops. Neither speaks.


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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4 Responses to On A Cartoon Sidewalk

  1. I can see that invisible curse between them… very much like radiation


  2. Yes, the poison of silence is devastating…It’s own kind of nuclear.


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