Tuesday, June 21, 2011

lilac envy







































does the crepe myrtle have
lilac envy?
i spy them everywhere —
lollipop colors bursting
popcorn-like,
from sprigs of rosy kernels,
scentless, 
yet somehow sating 
the lilac hunger of my northern roots,
and making me feel 
like — 
coming home.


linking to one stop poetry

33 comments:

beth said...

does it help if i remind you that the lilacs life span is so short ?

no...maybe a little ?

granted, the smell is amazing, but just like that, it's over :(

Elizabeth said...

I was never big for crape myrtle -- I think it's the name --

Loree said...

Beautiful thoughts Leslie. I so love your poetry.

LauraX said...

Such whimsy, beauty and longing Leslie. I'm excited to be going home for a visit (south to PA) next week.

Francesca said...

I think I would miss the lilacs too.

Nancy said...

Maybe you and I need to do some trading--a little of my beach envy for your lilac envy. After the winter we had, the lilacs were as full and fragrant as I've ever seen them. Their season was, as always, far too short, though. I'm thinking that in heaven we'll have both eternal lilacs and eternal beach. What do you think?

S. Etole said...

a resemblance for sure ...

Brian Miller said...

i like the playfulness of the opening question and the feeling of coming home...its honeysuckle to me

CM said...

What a lovely shot. Living in the midwest, I get to see and smell Lilacs, but oh for only that short little window of time! But I do love them, hence my blog name :-)

Brian Miller said...

i like the playfulness of the opening question and the feeling of coming home...its honeysuckle to me

Carl said...

I like the feeling of coming home so gentle and beautiful.

Deidra said...

I enjoyed this poem. It triggers the senses and takes the reader to the place that is reminiscent of home for him/her. Great job!

Kim Nelson said...

Love this one. I wrote similarly here:
http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/06/09/especially-divine/

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm going home for a visit on Saturday, and I just know my Mock Orange is going to bloom while I'm gone.
Meanwhile, my lilacs are finished.
A beautiful poem, Leslie. I love it.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

lilylovekin said...

I understand that lilac hunger of a northern girl.

Jodi said...

Hey have I missed something here--did you live up north? Did you tell me and did I forget? Shameful if I did. I blame menopause. I like crepe myrtle. We had a bush growing at our old house. But nothing beats the scent of lilacs, eh?

Rick said...

From the looks of it, a fair trade. But found wanting in the fragrance department so I understand the longing.

wolfsrosebud said...

Loved the colorful use of wording in such a short piece. Great job.

dustus said...

Beautiful emotion captured at the end. Wonderful writing.

becky said...

Oh, yes, the crepe myrtle MUST have lilac envy! There's nothing like the northern lilac in spring...I usually miss it by the time we move north for the summer. My son and his wife have two lilac bushes in their backyard...I usually get there in time for bouquets of Snowballs and peonies.

Olga said...

What a delicate, beautiful poem. I really like the comparison with popcorn.

Pat Hatt said...

Great playful words at the start and nice comparisions too. Joyful read.

Asobime said...

I love, love, love this poem! And being from the north...I suffer the same sorrow about the missing lilacs...

Miss them!

Lady Nyo

Claudia said...

this feels warm and colorful..love the popcorn playfulness..

Deidra said...

This year it seemed like the lilacs were here and gone - so quickly! No crepe myrtle here, but I remember them popping open all along the roads in our NC town. Beautiful!

arspoetica said...

this is whimsical and wistful all at the same time, a delicate and truly lovely piece. it makes me miss the lilacs we had in the backyard when i was a kid--that scent... oh, that scent...

Beth said...

I think arspoetica says it best and I agree.
I'm partial to reds so the crepe myrtal looks like a good trade-off, but there's just something extra special about lilacs that wins out.
I'm back sporatically. Computer still not fixed and the temporary fix is tempermental esp. when I try to leave comments. But I'll keep trying. Oh and I don't have my photo program, so I can't crop or even access some of my photos. But hey, I still posted! :)

ayala said...

Gentle and beautiful...the feel of going home :)

Noelle Renee said...

I love the images of lollipops and popcorn connected with these flowers. Beautiful colors and interesting personality traits attributed to your favorite flora leading you toward a feeling of home

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

home, myrtle and quirrel.
killer combo.
always a good mood bringer, you...
n♥

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

okay! alright!
my spelling is akward, i dunno....
SSSSSSSSSSquirrel.
oi.

Rajlakshmi said...

what a brilliant picture and equally beautiful verses...
the imagery is awesome

violet said...

This is so lovely and whimsical!