Ashley Ormon


People Of The Window - Poem by Ashley Ormon

Sometimes when there’s nothing to do
and the day is slow, I just watch the People of the Window.

Looking at a woman all dressed up,
skirt and buttoned blazer wearing her high-heeled shoes,
I listen to the tick-tap click-clack sound of her
drawing near.

I wonder where she is off to…

On the opposite side of the street lies a man,
tall man, about six feet high, sitting alone on a bench
reading the daily news, every now and then he’ll take a glance
up from his paper while sipping his tea to watch the children nearby play.

I turn my head to look at the little girls playing
hop scotch, while one little boy catches ants. A woman
passes by him around the age of sixty-two, grabs hold
of the little boy’s arm and shakes her finger.

I guess she must have told him to stop catching ants…

The traffic light at the end of the busy street turns
red and all incoming traffic comes to a halt-
old and new cars both fancy and dull, with the drivers
each consumed in their own world.

One man is on a cell phone, another simply looks around,
a young girl, perhaps, who’s in college, begins to put on makeup.
I spot a middle-aged couple in their red convertible
blasting their music so loudly it muffled the music of the street.

And then the light turns green…


It has been about fifteen minutes now,
Time to say goodbye to all the people of the street,
while I look around for something
to do on my own.

So goodbye businesswoman, tall man,
boy and two girls playing, the elderly lady telling the
young boy to stop collecting ants, and all of the people I’ve
seen in the halting traffic.

Goodbye People of the Window, and I close the curtain blinds shut…


Comments about People Of The Window by Ashley Ormon

  • Kesav Easwaran (6/2/2009 9:13:00 PM)

    a good write...scenic...eloquent poem picture...thanks Ash...10 (Report)Reply

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  • (3/15/2009 8:36:00 PM)

    i like this..it describes[to me] a typical day of jus wonderin whats goin on in life, however, i do think the way u delivered it could b bettr, it could flow bettr, it sounds a lot like a story than a poem, can u get what im tryin 2 say? , nonetheless we all write differently, thts jus my opinion.
    still a good one

    word..
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  • Shekhar Joshi (3/15/2009 11:38:00 AM)

    you have described so well, the things which we all see or encounter
    good work
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  • (11/7/2008 7:44:00 PM)

    I have never read or written a poem anything like this.... I like it... its neat. I really like your last line good job.
    *Purkey Girl*
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  • (10/20/2008 5:31:00 PM)

    Glad to know Im not the only person who just sits there and watches the people aroung them. Great poem 10/10 keep writting (Report)Reply

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  • (10/20/2008 9:49:00 AM)

    this is great kind of funny to well done keep writing a 9 from me (Report)Reply

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  • (10/19/2008 8:59:00 PM)

    This a very good poem. I find it comforting that I'm not the only one who watches people :) I have also thought of a window as a super HD T.V. screen! Good job and very truthful! It is an instant 9. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/18/2008 6:13:00 PM)

    Good work - I don't usually like this form of poem but you do it so well - with a true poet's eye. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/15/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    wonderful.........no words to say except nice work (Report)Reply

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  • Jester's P (10/14/2008 6:30:00 PM)

    your poetic spirit starts shaping your creativity...
    the poem is actually an eye of truth where in most of us are watching the outside world; the other selves on how they live life, rather than making a move to relate and make firends out there...no one knows that events outside the window will change into 'firendship'.
    thanks... nice work.
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  • (10/13/2008 4:10:00 PM)

    like window shopping except there people.
    i love it
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  • (10/13/2008 8:59:00 AM)

    You have a way with your words keep doing what you are doing (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2008 6:18:00 AM)

    Good snap shot of every day life, echoes of Simon and Garf, Observation without intrusion, wonder whet the kids told the old lady? Read 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks? (Report)Reply

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  • (10/12/2008 7:22:00 PM)

    People watching......one of my favorite pastimes. Liked the imagery in the translation of the behaviors observed. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/12/2008 1:14:00 PM)

    All I can say is that its a really great poem....: -)

    Take Care,
    Isabelle
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  • (10/12/2008 1:11:00 PM)

    i have a habit of looking out the window to know what is weather be like.
    eight of ten, i can tell. ashley thanks for sharing but remember there are
    people from the street that look at your feet.md
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  • Ash A. (10/11/2008 4:38:00 AM)

    awesum poem and so original! !

    I like! ! !

    God bless! !

    xoxox ♥ aSh
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  • (10/10/2008 11:20:00 PM)

    I like the angle you took; you're on the inside looking out and still winding up having to look into their lives and figure things out. This reminded me of Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window looking out at all his neighbors. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/10/2008 10:08:00 PM)

    Interesting write, and so is people-watching. It can be very amusing... (Report)Reply

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  • (10/10/2008 9:50:00 PM)

    a narrative one of imagery..good observation about the sorrounding area...thanks for sharing...

    Ency Bearis
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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 6, 2008



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