#SampleSunday – poem – Window That Opens

Tomorrow, the A-to-Z Blog Challenge returns with the letter H. Today, a poem:

Muncie, Indiana,
on a Fourth-Floor Hotel Room Window That Opens

by Marian Allen

Open–everything jumps
a dimension. I can smell
the particular perfume
of the town, hear the clock-chime,
alley-rattle, hiss of this town’s tires
on this town’s asphalt.

A view through glass
might just as well be television.

I can lean out an open window,
see the painted detail
of that rosy cornice, the edge
of that sun-browned balcony,
the trumpet-flowers’ two-tone greenery
and orange flare below.

Pigeons become my fellow citizens.
We share a language, denizens of the air.

WRITING PROMPT: Someone or something escapes through an open window.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#SampleSunday – poem – Window That Opens

  1. Charmaine Clancy

    April 8, 2012 at 7:09am

    Amazing that you can keep up with the challenge AND fit in a writing challenge to a prompt!
    Great descriptive poem, wish I had even a scrape of poetic ability, but I fear mine would probably all turn out like dirty limericks.

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      Marian Allen

      April 8, 2012 at 7:46am

      Ah, that’s where I’m clever, Charmaine! I write my post and then think of a prompt based on it, rather than the other way around. It never occurred to me that people thought I used the prompt to generate the post instead of the other way around. Don’t tell my secret, okay? It’ll just be between the two of us. 😉

      And don’t belittle your dirty limericks. Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the giants of science fiction (and science), had a particular fondness for dirty limericks. 🙂


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