Beige Stops (A Poem)

Tires scream at her with the benign disinterest.

They sound like beige feels
while she whimpers in traffic.

The road signs are flashing.

Rain slakes down the windshield.
She can’t be sure of the hazards.

Car slows to a limping crawl,

Horns blare at her,
She winces plucking eyelashes.

She has but two left.


Hi everyone! It’s Day 2 of OctPoWriMo. Today’s challenge was two (or too, to, you get it) and written in two line stanzas. I was a bit loose in my interpretation.

What is OctPoWriMo? A challenge to write a poem per day for 31 days. Is it impossible? No. Is it a crazy? Maybe. But it’s incredibly fun.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m enjoying meeting everyone and having a chat in the comments.

Aloha y’all! 


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18 Responses to Beige Stops (A Poem)

  1. WHY did my comment disappear?! -Growls-

    “They sound like beige feels
    while she whimpers in traffic.”

    That. Holy shit those lines.
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  2. It’s painful!
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  3. Quite a different take on the prompt. Lovely

  4. zoe

    Tamara, I am so slow sometimes…. for some reason it slipped my mind who you are… go figure?! Whats that about! i love your book ! I bought it for my sisters! Anyway I saw your comment on my blog and thought what a great picture … and just now I put it all together that its YOU! I am so happy to be reading your poetry again! thankyou and sorry about that … yeesh… I think Im getting old!

    • Tamara Woods

      Zoe! That is wonderful! I need a way to reach you off of the blogosphere. Have you an email? Do you use social media at all? Let’s chat!

  5. “like beige feels” –

    I love this.

    And my eyes are watering in sympathy.

    Well done!

  6. I love how you conveyed the stress of this woman without ever saying directly how stressed she is. Great job of showing rather than telling within poetry!
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    • Tamara Woods

      Thank you Morgan. I was trying to play with it in that sense. How could I tell her story with spoon feeding it to you?

  7. For me the suspense really built up, and I wondered what would happen. Then came the two eyelashes… Ouch! Fascinating poem.

  8. Nice Tamara…she only has two left..funny

  9. Interesting take on the prompt. I liked the image of your two-lashed woman. Could definitely feel the pressure and buzz and awfulness of the traffic.

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