The Neglected Building

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #579

Words:  spin, whirl, creep, slack, stain, crack, curl,
        grip, light, lord, loom, glimpse, wonder

Cracks creep alongside
muddy stains.  Lighting
is poor, occluding curls
of dust allowed to whirl
into rusted corners
of hallways.  Easy crime
looms on every floor.  
Tenants glimpse all these
shoddy imperfections.  How
has this slacker, absentee
landlord ignored conditions
until they spun out of control.
It is no wonder a rent strike
is underway, signs gripped
in gloved hands as they stand
in protest.  A chill wind blows.

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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7 Responses to The Neglected Building

  1. Wonderful poem. Very appropriate and good use of the prompts.


  2. Gillena Cox says:

    “A chill wind blows.”
    A fitting end sentence.
    Happy Sunday

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  3. Susi Bocks says:

    Excellent use of all the words, Sarah! Sounds to me like it’s also “neglected tenants!”


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