Lilacs

Lilacs
“We are ghosts in Victorian gowns, lilac apparitions with parasols…” Simone Muench

lilacs droop in the rain.
their scent mingles with the scents of honeysuckle.
I remember the lilacs in the garden of our family’s home,
stretching up to just beneath the
third floor windows.
I used to hang out of those windows
touching the tips of the blooms
bringing my hand up to my nose.
lilacs in the moonlight –
intoxicating to a child –
intoxicating to an adult.
I remember those lilacs
dancing in the soft May breezes.
I remember those lilacs
scenting the rooms of that house
like the ghosts of young girls
drifting past luring you to follow,
to dance with them in the moonlight.
I remember those lilacs.

 

 

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com
    May 09, 2019 @ 14:53:26

    I absolutely love this piece!!! 💜

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  2. sanaarizvi
    May 09, 2019 @ 15:01:42

    This is absolutely gorgeous! ❤️ Such strong use of imagery and nostalgia rules this poem, I especially love; “I used to hang out of those windows touching the tips of the blooms bringing my hand up to my nose. lilacs in the moonlight – intoxicating to a child – intoxicating to an adult.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt! ❤️

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  3. Ron.
    May 09, 2019 @ 15:30:03

    sensory delight.

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  4. Charmed Chaos
    May 09, 2019 @ 15:40:30

    How lovely!

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  5. revivedwriter
    May 09, 2019 @ 16:50:21

    You paint a wonderful poetic picture of those lilacs, and I feel as if I am with you in your memory.

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  6. annell4
    May 09, 2019 @ 17:01:31

    Yes, my lilac tree is in full bloom this year, the branches are waited to the ground. Lovely poem…always remember, this year, less we forget what is good.

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  7. Marie Elena
    May 09, 2019 @ 19:36:53

    Yes, yes! Lovely!

    Reply

  8. coalblack
    May 10, 2019 @ 07:58:13

    The repetition really works well here, especially as the final line. You describe the lilacs so well, fren. I could almost smell them and feel them tickling my nose.

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  9. Shawna
    May 10, 2019 @ 08:52:00

    Beautiful and haunting.

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  10. Mr. Walker
    May 10, 2019 @ 10:13:26

    Captivated by the imagery of so many flowers that they could scent the rooms.

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    • kanzensakura
      May 10, 2019 @ 17:31:42

      Lilacs are so very fragrant, one bloom will scent aroom. When you put multiples around, the scent drifts through the house. Same with magnolias, gardenias, and honeysuckle.

      Reply

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