Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Every Tuesday, Sandiegomomma gives writers a prompt to help inspire us and make writing fun! Today's prompt? Use in a story/poem: a skein of red yarn, a comb and a bottle of water. Here's mine:

A stroller pushed
through stalls at El Mercadito,
baby displaced by groceries;
A jug of water, fresh bread
the chiles and onions,
Filling the fabric sling seat.

Father holds the girl in his arms,
a pink flowered headband
held with a comb in her dark curls.
Mother looks at dishtowels, socks.
Plump skeins of embroidery yarn,
fill a plastic bin
with a tumble of color.
The baby reaches out
wanting a ball of red wool
eager to hold its brilliance,
to feel it spring beneath her fingers.

My photo is from a trip to El Mercadito in East Los Angeles this December - in a second floor notions stall I watched a little girl drawn by the bins of brilliant colored yarns.


mo.stoneskin said...

If I wore a pink headband I would be in trouble...;)

Love the last four lines particularly. My bubba loves reaching, grabbing, touching.

CaShThoMa said...

Beautifully said; three words incorporated into a poem that creates a precise image. I can see it in my mind's eye. Gorgeous.

blognut said...

Excellent - I can see it all clearly.

Woman in a Window said...

Love when I can see the things someone writes of. I just did.

Joanie said...

Beautifully done. Love the day's purchases in the stroller instead of the baby. It's so familiar and perfect.

Da Goddess

San Diego Momma said...

This is like a painting that's a poem.

(Does that make sense?)

Such vivid imagery. I can completely see this in my mind's eye as a photo montage.

Danielle said...

Awesome poem. It paints a clear beautiful picture. I really enjoyed it.

contemporary themes said...

Lovely! I did this prompt too. It was fun!