Purple Bumbershoot – A Poem

Today’s dVerse prompt asked us to take three words that either describe us or mean a lot and three words that describe people or things we’re grateful to have in our lives. We were then tasked to create a short poem no longer than 12 lines incorporating the six words.

Here is what I came up with:


A silly girl with wooly hair loves words


She walks in the rain holding a purple bumbershoot


Dreaming of a tantalizing love


Her ideal suitor is creative


Adores wild colors


Gentle music from the Caribbean




Has a strong relationship with theΒ omniscientΒ one


The storm is over, but she still twirls the umbrella


While a rainbow curves just above her


Covering her in hope and a kaleidoscope of realities


First Word Set








Second Set







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Jul 14, 2015 | Posted by in Blog, dVerse, Poetry | 51 comments

Comments (51 Responses)

  1. This made me smile. You sound like a fun person who enjoys life!

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Awwww, I’m glad! I am pretty fun when NYC isn’t kicking my behind! I have a lust for life for sure. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  2. X says:

    That rainbow perhaps does shine hope over you that you find that perfect match for you. Bumbershoot – what a fun word. I particularly like wooly hair too. Ha.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Thank you. I am hopeful. I like the freedom of being single, but moments spent with a true one are beyond compare. πŸ˜‰

      Bumbershoot is one of my favorite words. I discovered it as a child and have been enamored with it since then.

  3. Myrna says:

    What a great self-portrait! I love the kaleidoscope of reality. Hope all your dreams come true amidst the real.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I hold that same hope for you. Thank you! I believe our realities come in beautiful colors and flavors! Can’t wait to savor. πŸ™‚

  4. Grace Black says:

    Bumbershoot and Omniscient LOVE these words! Thank you for sharing.

  5. I. says:

    I love the last three lines. This is great. πŸ™‚

  6. Grace says:

    Love the personal snapshot ~ I would love to play with that umbrella with the rainbow above ~

    Thanks for joining in ~

  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Loved this sweet poem! You sound like such a fun-loving person πŸ˜€

  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Here in WA state, Bumbershoot is a summer Arts, Crafts, & Rock Festival at the Seattle Center. Your NY mood style made me smile. Remember, in life, you find Love, or it finds you, when you quit searching for it.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Another reason I love the word! It’s associated with arts and crafts! Cool! You’re right about love. πŸ˜‰

  9. kanzensakura says:

    Wish there was a LOVE button I could hit. This reminds me of a wild paisley brolly I had as a child and how I unfurled it, even in the sunlight because I loved twirling it and watching the sun filter through it. Such a lovely honest poem….A silly girl with wooly hair loves words – this line captured my heart.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I’m happy you liked it. I loved umbrellas as a little girl and throughout my adulthood. There is just something so whimsical about them.

      • kanzensakura says:

        I used one to jump off the top of our house, ala Mary Poppins. Three stories up, my grandfaters umbrella, big for a small sized child, like Christopher Robin. I broke one of my ankles, lol.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Thanks for sharing your story too! I love The visual that goes along with that.

  10. claudia says:

    oh nice – i love the dreaminess and light-heartedness of this – the walk in the rain – the keeping the umbrella and the rainbow – the colors you mixed in… def. the right one will appear exactly at the right time…

  11. A PERFECT LOVER lives inside
    a human of DANCE.. oh
    all the EMOTIONS named
    in moves of feet..
    and spirals of arms..
    beyond named
    they can be
    with INFINITE
    CHAKRAS of
    personal delight..:)

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous–I LOVE IT!

  13. Love the idea of a kaleidoscope of realities. But the winning word is bumbershoot. What a delicious sound.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I had so much fun with this prompt. Happy that people are enjoying what I created. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  14. MarinaSofia says:

    OK, you had me seriously puzzled here – I had to look up bumbershoot. I had no idea it was an umbrella, I thought it was something like a bumblebee and it seemed rather foolhardy to be holding one in the rain (even if it’s purple and doesn’t sting). I’m glad we’ve cleared that one up!
    You must be the only person who included the word ‘silly’ – a fun and brave thing to do, although I think the silly you mean is miles away from the silliness of my boys when they are determined to drive me up the wall…
    Lots of fun reading this poem, thank you!

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Ha! I was smiling reading your comment. I picked up on the word reading one of the classics as a kid. I can’t remember the name of the book though.

      No, holding a purple bumblebee would not have been smart, but now you’ve given me another idea! πŸ™‚

  15. LC says:


    I enjoyed reading your poems and think this is a great prompt/exercise.

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Greetings to you! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I’m now following your site. Looking forward to reading. Looks like mind lifting material.

  16. Kathy Reed says:

    Oh, I love the inclusion of gentle Caribbean music; somehow you carry us over that rainbow with you!

  17. billgncs says:

    the bumbershoot must help the magic πŸ™‚

  18. I enjoyed the hopefulness of this poem, even though it starts in the rain, which usually is not thought of as hopeful weather. Peace, Linda

  19. props to the wooly hair sista! I’m rockin a wooly mullet currently. hahah. This is a great piece of reflection… I see a fun, kind personality with a strong sense of faith and hope πŸ™‚

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Yes, big ups to textured hair moments. I wear my hair straight mostly, but I have rocked an afro puff or two in my day and love when my hair gets crispy. I can do a lot with it! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for your kind comments. I really liked this prompt. πŸ™‚

  20. lynn__ says:

    A bit of silly playfulness is essential to enjoying life…like i enjoyed this purple bumbershoot poem!

  21. C.C. says:

    What awesome words you chose…I love “tantalizing”……and “a kaleidoscope of realities” is such a cool image….I really like that.

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