My Corner

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Don’t Touch My Meez”
(Mise en place = everything in its place)   (posted by Toni)
“Years ago when I was a dish washer working my way up to fry cook, to line cook to sous chef and finally to chef, I learned a very important lesson which has gone with me all through my life – cooking and civilian: Mise en place (meez ahn plahz). I use this when ever I home cook, cook at the Food Bank, cook at the church. I use it when cleaning my house and writing poetry. Mise en place literally means: everything in its place.”

“So what this is leading to is, what does your workplace look like at home? Where do you write your poetry? Do you do it in a comfy chair with a mug of something close to hand? Do you write in bed? The bathtub? Do you have a desk? Do you keep a pad by the bed for when you wake up out of the blue and have an inspiration to write down? LOL, if I did that, I can guarantee it would not be readable. My handwriting at the best of times is illegible.”

“I want you to write about where you write poetry – home, office, car, back porch. It can be any length or form. Just tell us about it. The scents, the sights, the music, the cat or the dog in close proximity, the kids interrupting your flow of thought, your thoughts over the first cup of coffee in the morning or the last cup of tea at night. I don’t want to know the why, I want to know the where.”

Welcome to my corner of the couch,
window to my right lights up with
morning and afternoon sun, or gloom.
A mug of black coffee stirs me,
as does the pile of poetry books
in an oversized basket on the floor.
One dog perches on top of the couch,
and the other (a diva) might curl up
next to me, or pose on the floor,
as she sees fit. Sipping my coffee
I read some poems to gain entry
to that world. A large, lined
notebook, stuffed with an array
of information, quotes I like,
and ideas, is what I use
for writing by hand with–
as most of you know by now–
a purple pen.

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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16 Responses to My Corner

  1. Love that pile of poetry books — reading does inspire, acting as a muse for our creative expression. I like the idea of a large notebook too with those quotes and ideas. And the purple pen is such a personal touch; it made me smile. Well penned! 🙂


  2. kanzensakura says:

    I love that purple pen! And the two dogs, one of them being a diva. I like your notebook with all the goodies tucked inside and I love your pile of poetry books! So much inspiration to be had, from the early morning sun to the gloom. I can see this place in my head and I like it. Thank you for writing to my prompt.


  3. oldegg says:

    How good it is to be surrounded with that which inspires you, Each of needs something to inspire us especially those books and othe information at our fingertips.


  4. kim881 says:

    You’ve created a cosy space, Sara, and conveyed it well with your purple pen! I still have one of those notebooks,
    ‘stuffed with an array
    of information, quotes I like,
    and ideas’
    but I also have a similar file on the laptop.


  5. This is how I wish I could say that I write… the only thing resembling being on the coach… and of course you write with a purple pen.


  6. It is wonderful to have a beloved pen. I spend my life in search of one with, so far, disappointing results………..loved this poem! Love that you are by a window…….


  7. ….and lucky you, to have two dogs!!!!!!


  8. Helen says:

    Love how you ‘gain entry’ into your poetry world!


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