Sid Sycamore

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #224 – “Paint Me A Picture”
“We’ve all heard the phrase, “A picture paints a thousand words.” We as poets know this medium very well. And we know the artistic terms: Portrait, landscape, still life, seascape … Paint a picture in words. Pick an aspect of one of these terms and use it as your inspiration for your poem. Use it as part of your title. An example for one of my poems could be “Walt in Still Life.” “A Portrait of my Muse,” or, “Purple Mountain Majesty: A Landscape” are other ideas in this vein. So, set up your poetic easel and paint me a picture.”

Sad Sid Sycamore has lost
his leaves. His limbs bend
as arms crying out
for hugs. Sycamore’s base
is a sturdy collection of
mounds, like humps on
a camel. Widespread,
he has occupied the same
spot for years. His
torso is turning smooth
as strips of bark peel,
and cover the ground
with brown shavings. I try
to reassure him that he
is loved in every season.

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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