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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: in lilacs and violets
By Jim McWhinnie
02/21/11


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within her soul lived a century of time,
this tiny grey lady who sat in her Queen Anne chair,
faded purple velour, graced with the lace doilies her hands had made.
we sipped orange pekoe tea in Royal Doulton cups
in a refined sort of way, we did,
remembering moments almost, almost lost in the closets of time,
slowly she brought them to life
as if unpacking dusty boxes from the attic of her days,
the memories,fading photographs printed in sepia tones,
one by one, they appeared once more,
some bringing smiles, some bringing sighs,
the tomboy swinging high in the air,
the prom queen dancing with elegant flair,
the mother holding her firstborn with delicate care,
the widow grieving in weeping despair,
this hundred year lady, she took me there,
as we sat midst the lilacs and violets galore.

I am not nearly so old as old was she,
but this one thing she did, she did for me,
in her antique voice,
in her misty blue eyes,
in the gossamer lightness of her delicate hands,
for an hour or two, she did let me see,
a greater share of eternity.


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Benjamin Graber02/24/11
That ending is perfect. Great job!
Allison Egley 02/24/11
I like this. Good job!
Henry Clemmons02/24/11
Wow. Very nice job again. It reads extremely well out loud. I liked the feel of it. The words were easy to speak and made nice sounds in shades of purple. Another great poem. Very well done.
Charla Diehl 02/25/11
This lovely picture poem was truly an enjoyable read. I'm clapping for you.
Bonnie Bowden 02/25/11
I liked the image you created in your poem. I can just imagine sipping tea and sharing memories of days gone by.
Beth LaBuff 02/25/11
I wanted to be there for that moment too (and I was)! Your word choices are so perfect.
Margaret Kearley 02/28/11
This is beautiful and so wonderfully descriptive.
What a privilege it is to share times like this, when 'dusty boxes are unpacked from the attic of a dear one's days'. Just lovely.

Bonnie Bowden 03/03/11
Congratulations on your well deserved EC award.
Beth LaBuff 03/04/11
Congratulations, Jim, for placing with your wonderful words!