A Room of One’s Own

By Marianne Patty

Stymied, I close the front door behind me,

step into summer’s humidity,

leave frustration piled on my desk.

A trail of unconnected thoughts

floats behind me,

mundane words

litter the sidewalk.


Then, I notice

the spotted fawn studying me

from the bushes, startled,

she lopes away.


Sunlight sparks

on last night’s rainwater,

cupped in an upturned ivy leaf.


A shrill cry from a hawk

pulls my attention

to a blue sky saturated

with Cerulean blue brush strokes.

Wings spread, he floats

on air currents.


The perfect word pops

into my head, the elusive one

I chased earlier,

an almost-perfect title

presents itself.

Sometimes, this room of my own

needs to walk with me.

Marianne Patty is a poet and visual artist.  She compares poetry writing to constructing a collage: putting words down, taking them out, moving them around. She has been published in various literary magazines, including the North American Review.  This poem was written for Tell Your Story of Home, a collaboration of Reinventing Home and  Leap, an intimate platform for online learning.
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