Under Deck Harborer

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,
groundhog, harboring
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.


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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12 Responses to Under Deck Harborer

  1. lillian says:

    What an absolutely delightful post to the prompt! Smiling I am. Love picturing this furry little creature on “tip-paws” 😊. Great wording here since Chuck can’t be on tip toes 🙃. So glad you posted to the prompt!


  2. Dorianna says:

    My grandparents came as immigrants to Ellis Island with the older of my father’s brothers as young boys. Your poem had me picturing the kids catching site of the groundhog as grandparents were signing in for consensus. lovely poem


  3. Grace says:

    Sweet story of Chuck. Enjoyed this one Sara.


  4. Just Barry says:

    I love hearing about Chuck darting about on tip-paws! This is sweet and delightful.


  5. Oh, this is so enjoyable — I love this sweet tale.


  6. jillys2016 says:

    Tip-paws!! Love that! And the splash of color with the tomato makes the picture perfect.


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