Crowded Room

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge-Day 25

"For today’s prompt, write an exaggerated poem. Make it bigger; make it smaller; and/or make it whatever, as long as you exaggerate! Have fun with your poems more than ever today."


Clearly the elephant stands
in a small-spaced room.
He is not uneasy.  Ideas
arise among those 
who are uneasy.  He makes
them uncomfortable.

What to do with discomfort

The elephant is politely asked
to leave the room.  His trunk
sways, knocking over tables
and chairs.  Dense grey feet
dig in.  Elephant is not leaving,
even though everyone wants him out.
Discussion drones on, largely ignored
by the elephant.

What to do with discomfort


Decision is made.  Time to bring in
the new animal–a rheumy-eyed 
hippopotamus, who attempts to edge 
the elephant toward the door.
Finally, success.  The elephant stands
outside against the door, unmoving.

What to do with discomfort

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2020-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-25

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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