Soft words from a broken sky

Today as in all days
she will wish for all
things tarte and sweet,
a butter ball at her feet
that will twine
as spring sunshine
beats its fiery tones
warming the cobbles
sending spumes of steam
as if an iron is
smoothing an old world


as in all times past
when man and weather
make a pact
she will smooth the cotton
and seat herself on the
well worn cushions
which a butter ball keeps
warm, shedding love
that she will need a soft
brush and not really minding

biscuits pur buerre and
a nip, un petit verre
and when time calls
and a spring sky threatens
she will beat the old rug
high up above the cobbles
as dust motes swirl
on lovers dodging puddles
youth in uncreased smiles
and she'll smile and recall
the lovers who once
beat at her door.

A butter ball purrs
and tastes a crumb
while she mumbles
a jumble of words,
and the scented frangipani
of youth and sweetness,
in dried corsages
kept in drawers
until cedar is not distinguishable
and lies
slip as airlessly as
a still summer night
a hundred years ago
soft words from a broken sky

Poetry by Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-04-07 at 16:21

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Hans Bump The PoetBay support member heart!
Bookmarked. Beautiful pastiche of senses,words,and phrases. Took my outside myself and into another world. Thank You

Such beautifully modulated proficiency. And yes, the corsages.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Just a beautiful poem. I bookmarked it because once isn't enough. The image of dried corsages slayed me.

A poem to savour, Elle, with so much to enjoy. We particularly like the description of beating the old rug. Oodles of applause from Coo & Co (-:>)

This starts with a beautiful title and the joy continues with such a sense of life meandering through a past.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
A fine poem, overall. The third stanza is magical.

Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
So gentle, so unhurried. An absolute delight to read!

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
A wonderful, work, Elle.
Ken D

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
I so enjoy your work! Thanks for this wonderful impressionist tableau so deftly painted and inscribed. A gentle ease flows through me as I read this. A very welcome state, these bleak times.