A Stranger

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetry Form:  Dizian  (guest host:  Rosemary)
10 line stanza, 10 syllables each line  ababbccdcd

I do not know her, but look at her face.
Under a flowery umbrella she stands
in line, awaits bus near puddle with grace.
She holds raincoat tightly, one hand. She plans
not to be splashed by bus. A hem of blue
catches my eye. I picture daisies strewn
across that dress. Her quilted bag is drenched.
See her as office worker, with new view.
Her manner suggests thirst, as yet unquenched.


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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15 Responses to A Stranger

  1. Nicely done. You make us see her too, vividly. And it’s a perfect dizain.

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice last line with unquenched thirst as a description of this stranger.


  3. msjadeli says:

    I enjoy your character study. A closer look at a subject/object most wouldn’t give a second glance to. I like the rhyming within the lines as well.


  4. Grace says:

    I too enjoyed this character study. The ending line gave this a twist and mystery.


  5. robtkistner says:

    Interesting contrast Sara, standing in the rain thirsty. Nice dizain.


  6. mhmp77 says:


    See her as office worker, with new view.
    Her manner suggests thirst, as yet unquenched.

    She seems well prepared and obviously a brave girl to take it within her strides



  7. memadtwo says:

    It’s funny how something catches our eye and makes a whole story for us. You’ve used the form well. (K)


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