The Umbrella Holder

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The umbrella holder mumbles as he hangs his dripping fishnet

strings of cold wet rain  fall on his oft mended shoes

directed there by the iron spokes of his weathered black umbrella

nearby, windows of an abandoned home rattle in beat with the siren of a passing boat

from the vast grey sea a cloud of darkness floats in, enveloping the empty shore

the angry hissing of the wind stirs the branches of a vast tree

transforming their gentle whispering into loud roaring thunder

the old man drops himself to the cold wet floor

aware that he should run else be caught in the  storm

but his feet don’t want to move…

its easier to lie here and dream of a  sunny dawn,

of hot bread and sugared strawberries – her favorite brunch

he had promised  to bring them today

she had smirked and moodily gone back to her scrubbing

she wanted to believe him

but she was too wise to fall prey to  false hopes brought by

glorious sunny mornings.

I have been on a hiatus. Drawing a blank each time I thought about ‘writing’. But today this lovely prompt from We Write Poems broke the dry spell for me. The prompt gave thirty words of which any number could be used to write one’s own verse. I challenged myself to use all thirty. The verse above uses the following words (in some form or the other)

umbrella, whisper, hang, strawberry, mood, bread, thunder, home, running, fishnet, sun, smirked, sugar, storm, wanting, floor, hissing, rain, rattling, siren, window, mumble, strings, stirs, abandoned, dawn, floats, scrubbed, morning, glorious

Go ahead and check! Let me know in case you find I missed one!!! Thank You We Write Poems

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Misky says:

    Love this so much, Sapna! This is a real visual treat. I’m so glad that you decided to tempt your muse with our wordle prompt. Thank you for joining in, and I hope that we see again next week! There’s also another prompt on Thursday.

    1. The pleasure was all mine Misky… I hope to be there too next week. Lets see if the writing gods still smiling on me till then. Thanks for the wonderful prompt🙂

  2. julespaige says:

    I like the story you told from both sides.
    Just last week for different reasons though I was holding my own umbrella in the rain…
    I too used all the words, though I didn’t intend too – sometimes it just works out that way.
    I played here:

  3. 1sojournal says:

    Have long believed that words hold a peculiar magic and am so glad that magic touched you with these. Your poem is both fluid and satisfying to the senses, a pleasure to read and experience,


  4. I like how you switched the POV. I was hoping he would get up so she wouldn’t be let down!

    1. Thanks Robyn, so u a romantic at heart huh!!! wishing for happy endings😉 I like them too actually…

  5. Nice poem. I need to try some of the We Write Poems prompts. Glad you were inspired. Thanks so much!

    Blogging from Ecuador,

    1. Kathy you absolutely must try their prompts. They will be delightful in capable hands like yours🙂 Thanks for visiting. I so appreciate the fact that you read every single post and leave an encouraging comment each time. thank you🙂

  6. Sabra Bowers says:

    Great story poem. I understand these lines…she wanted to believe him but she was too wise to fall prey to false hopes.

    1. You are wise ! Thanks for the visit:)

  7. Very nice! I’m impressed at how you worked in all of the words…there is not only nice concrete details in here but a story and it’s easy to wonder what’s behind the old man and the history of him and the woman. It’s the first time I’ve seen you at WWP so welcome.


    1. thank you nicole.sorry for the late reply. I was away and didn’t check the blog last week. I hope to hang out at WWP more.

  8. Absolutely love the way you have used the words to tell a story in poetry. Wonderful.

  9. Team BlogAdda says:

    This post has been selected for the Spicy Saturday Picks this week. Thank You for an amazing post! Cheers! Keep Blogging🙂

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