NPM #7, A Poem incorporating broken automotive part, basket ball and a favorite beverage!

Here is my offering.

I own a car, a jalopy of sorts
It stores all my books
and some spare parts
of the said jalopy
it chugs along the road,
announcing its arrival
with its worn muffler.

Last night I drove this same car
along a park and watched
men scrambling after a basketball
in the florescent light of the concrete court
sweat shimmering on their skin;

A one on one game, good-natured
middle aged men showing flashy moves–
and I sat in the car drinking
Ice cold water from my Yeti
and watched the elegant
pirouettes of these men,
pretending to be young boys.©


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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6 Responses to NPM #7, A Poem incorporating broken automotive part, basket ball and a favorite beverage!

  1. slmret says:

    Love the idea of the grown men pretending to be young boys. Well done, Zakiah!

  2. I know of such a man who tore his Achilles’ tendon while playing… Ah…. I like how such casual times, moments and items can be turned to poetry in your gentle crafting!

  3. Men will be men… I mean boys. The body will eventually betray them. 🙂

  4. michnavs says:

    wow this is such a beautiful poetry response to the prompt Zak…

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Upbeat and beautiful.

  6. murisopsis says:

    The car and the men – a good metaphor… You absolutely crushed this prompt!!!

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