Hole In My Life

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  On Profiles and Portraits  (posted by Anmol)
“This week, I am exhorting you all to write/create a profile/portrait in your verse. You can go about it in a variety of ways — you can write a descriptive piece about an interesting person you met today or profile a loved one (or perchance someone you don’t like at all) or think of an event involving one or multiple people and write about the things as they transpired with people in the focus or perhaps do a self-portrait. It is open to interpretation but there are certain tools that can enhance a profile/portrait, for instance, rich details, movements, sensory descriptions, quotes, et al. Choose any or all.”

She never cared what people thought
of her often outrageous remarks.
Never felt caught or distraught.
Her laugh was infectious, a spark.

Affectionate to dogs of all types,
she’d wait outside her door with treats.
Dogs stopped at her house, eyes alight
for a friendly pet, and goodies to eat.

She took neighbors to doctors
helped them in and out of her car.
At age 85, nothing shocked her,
no jokes ever went too far.

I see her short, iron-colored hair
and just a touch of makeup
At bowling or concerts, she had flair.
She read voraciously, books lined up.

I miss her laugh and stories,
she was equally endowed with each.
Open like a morning glory,
now too far out of my reach.


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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8 Responses to Hole In My Life

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice last line about being too far out of reach.


  2. Rob Kistner says:

    Wonderful portrait of a free spirit in person Sarah. The rhyme pattern was excellent.


  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Very very sweet. I loved it!


  4. This is such a lovely portrait — it defines the personality so well, in a straightforward and emotive manner. I really like these lines for their physical features: “I see her short, iron-colored hair/and just a touch of makeup”.


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