On The Roof

Written for:  Poetic Asides #484
“For today’s prompt, take the phrase “On (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and write your poem. Possible titles include: “On Point,” “On Target,” “On and Off,” and “On the Last Day of School.”

On sizzling summer days
apartment dwellers
climbed up to the roof to lay
their blankets on ‘Tar Beach’.

Another world existed on
that tarred roof. We would
stand up and look at all
surrounding roofs.

Some had flower pots
with wilted-jilted petals.
Beach chairs adorned others,
their aluminum arms capable
of burning your skin

at slightest touch. Notes
of music wafted through air
across adjoining roofs. If
evening evolved in sultry swell

people stayed, danced, drank
a few beers. Some slept there
all night to avoid stifling
apartments. Some made love.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 484

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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