On A Mission

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Camera FLASH! 55
“As an added extra to this challenge, you may write a Flash 55 inspired by the photograph, or on a subject of your choice.”


Jessie Tarbox Beals America’s first female photojournalist c. 1904

Her long, drab coat teases
the floor. More important
things on her mind. That
perfect shot. She stares,
stiffly waiting. Familiar
block–one she has walked
down many times, though
each time, a minute detail
changes. A new flower
box of geraniums, a rusty
gate. Implores subject
to hold still. Ah, snap!
she’s got it.

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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9 Responses to On A Mission

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    Snap is now click! Love the descriptions 🙂


  2. I can’t imagine being restrained by all that clothing when chasing down an image.


  3. Jim says:

    Nice little Flash poem with at story, I like it Sarah. “Her long, drab coat teases the floor .” The thing now with teens is to walk with the shoe laces flapping. Can’t get much more grunge but that doesn’t seem to bother them with their purpose. And I’ve not seen one trip yet. I wonder if Beals ever tripped on that long coat?


  4. annell4 says:

    I love this poem. Right to the point. Perfect!!!


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