Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille Monday (posted by Lillian) – “harbor”
“Think of all the immigrants who came into the U.S. via Ellis Island. My husband’s grandfather for one – from Sweden. Rita Moreno for another – recognize that name? Now 86, she is well known for her role as Anita in West Side Story. I LOVE this quotation from her: “My first American experience was in the harbor of New York City when I saw that amazing big, tall lady. I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness, a lady runs this country!”
“So all this brings me to the prompt for today’s quadrille – perhaps you’ve already figured it out? You are to write a quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words sans title, that includes the word “harbor” or a form of the word. Using a synonym does not fulfill the prompt. “Harbor” can be a verb or a noun — or maybe you’ll use a little poetic license and come up with something harborlicious!”
He appears one day,
under deck. Sister watches
through glass doors. He’s
camera, and people shy.
Likes darting across yard.
Once, she spies him
on tip-paws, nip a cherry tomato
off plant. Fond of him,
she names him Chuck.