Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lilacs & Lemons



Had a bouquet of lilacs on the table
the first time you visited.

Had lemons in a kitchen bowl.
You made lemonade; served it
in flutes. We shared ordinary meals
on my good china; celebrated
our holidays on Sundays,
sometimes till Thursday.

Lilacs don't bloom long,
lemonade is bittersweet,
I loved your balance.
Lilacs and lemonade,
a wilted bouquet and
cloudy drink, pleasures
enjoyed for a season.





published in Women Of The Web. Sun Rising Poetry Press, (c) 2005

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30 comments:

  1. a beautiful, lingering poem. Gently thoughtful, delicately sensual: a lovely piece of real depth.

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  2. pleasures enjoyed for a season....yes, some things do not last and we have only to appreciate them while we can...or lament their passing...i rather like their simplicity...lemonade and ordinary on the fine china...

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  3. Beautiful Tonya...magic moments and memories are all transient. Enjoyed this poem very much.

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  4. So much beauty has to be enjoyed when it is. It often is fleeting, but that doesn't take away from the loveliness of the experience. I like the ending: pleasures for a season. I think much of life is like that.

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  5. This spoke softly to the Libra in me! :-)

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  6. So very true - those little rituals we have and the way we celebrate certain things like the seasons. This was perfect.

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  7. This is beauty with a sad dying edge to it - those meaningful moments are so hard to hold on to, but the glory of them remains.

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  8. I like the combination, lilacs and lemonade ~ It is bittersweet with the sweetness winning out in the end ~ Happy Sunday LaTonya ~

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  9. A poem of simple, visual words...yet filled with such meaning. This is beautiful!

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  10. Thank you all for reading and commenting.

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  11. Sounds likethis interlude was too brief. You set an evocative scene. Loved it.

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  12. Oh, I do enjoy lemonade served in flutes..lilacs and lemonade..creating balance for a brief time.

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  13. There is a kindness in this poem that matches the balance of the lilacs and lemons. The seasoning is good and not regretted!

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  14. A sniff of sadness here, LaTonya. The first hint was the cad letting your writer use her fine china for everyday meals. Lilacs are home grown most times too, he may have cut them from her bush.

    Like I always say, I wouldn't spay my cat for any woman. Nor declaw her.
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    1. My comment was written with my two daughters in mind, and the four granddaughters now.
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  15. lemone ade and lilacs - that truly is bitter sweet. way to engage the senses.

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  16. a wilted bouquet and
    cloudy drink, pleasures
    enjoyed for a season.

    Yes, some good things in life doesn't stay long! Nicely La Tonya!

    Hank

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  17. This is quite simply magnificent. I see poets as those who either hide through their work or who tell you who they are through their work. You have shared yourself wonderfully here.

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    1. Liz, the older I get the less I want to hide. That, and a favorite poet wrote that everyone is so afraid to get naked but getting naked is necessary. Thank you.

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  18. I would love to celebrated holiday starting from Sunday and going on till Thursday...maybe even till Sunday.

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  19. What a delightful poem and yet with so much meaning! Loved it!

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  20. Thank you all for coming by and taking the time to read and comment.

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  21. LaTonya, love your lines and between, and wow...these celebrations...Sunday to Thursday...I can feel the balance of all involved...bravo!

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  22. LaTonya, loved the cloudy and wilted together. Good metaphor for some loves... they make lemonade out of lemons, but the result is not always lemoncello...! Well done. Amy

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  23. A nice write. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. awww, love this, just love it. a few more words from you, and look at the depth we receive! wonderful.
    is this an older poem that's already been published, Women of the Web? interesting.

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    1. Yes, it's older and published the anthology listed.

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