Purple Curtains

Purple Curtains

A Poem by Judas Hammer

I returned back to my former home of San Pedro. When I go there it felt as if she turned her back on me.


Purple Curtains


It was different

I made it to the end of the 110

I took a left

On Gaffey

The familiar felt unfamiliar

The place I called home

Was now


The misty cloud held onto Palos Verdes

Like great white dragons

I walked to Cabrillo but stopped


I no longer felt the desire

I lost the lust

I sat on a bench

And drifted

To a short nap

When I awoke

The horizon

Appeared the color of grape jelly

Like huge Purple curtains

The clouds hung in the


Like a great partition between

Land and sea

I walked to my car

 It no longer felt like home

I felt like a visitor

With no place

To go


© 2011 Judas Hammer

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hmm...the lost path unachieved...it is true, we leave our homes and lust for its peace an solitude...we are gone long enough that it rips at our core...then we achieve our ache but are only let down...I too fear that is what will happen when I go back home lol...good poem.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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excellent poem, I love the horizon references, I can relate, loved this poem.

Posted 9 Years Ago

as much as the purple curtain must have been enticing, you just know when a place just doesn't feel like home (anymore). the imagery reminds me of the song 'twilight time' by the platters. great job.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Dear Judas Hammer,

I must say I found most peculiar was the way in which the lines were broken. Some of them were quite interesting and read well for me. For example, the lines "It was different" and "The place I called home/ was now/ foreign" added a realistic appeal to me.

I like the references used. It makes me feel like I am reading into your life. Its makes me have a grasp on the setting of this home/foreign place of which you speak.

Of course, the idea is very relatable. The question comes, what is home? Ya know? Anyways, I liked the use of "purple curtains" in line 21. Curtains represent something closed, hidden away, shut down, the end and that's what I interpret.

Thank you for sharing

Sincerely Livana Lowell (LL)

God bless

Posted 9 Years Ago

I too have felt this. Well done. Keep on penning.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Wow!!!! I find no words to explain how wonderful the write was....

Thanks for this beautiful write....

Posted 9 Years Ago

A moving, haunting write...oscillating between the familiar and the unfamiliar. I particularly loved the purple curtain imagery. And what a lovely picture to go with it as well!. I liked the opening line as well...A very good poem!

Posted 9 Years Ago

A visitor in the familiar .. but without a place to really know as HOME .. Interesting ...

I am a California Girl .. Jasmine .. ..

Posted 9 Years Ago


Posted 9 Years Ago

this really resonated with me. I sometimes feel the same way, we all do. Thanks for putting it into words for us:)

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on September 16, 2011
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Judas Hammer
Judas Hammer

The City of Angeles, CA

I like to write, live in La and write and make short films. and more..


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