Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Cup and Saucer (08/28/14)
TITLE: Mother's Lament
By Ellen Carr
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With meshy bags a-dangling
In giant mug receptacles,
Like kitchen fairies angling.
She tells a tale of yesteryear,
Of times when life was slower.
She talks of silver cutlery,
How standards now are lower.
She recollects how manners were
In generations past,
When calling someone by first name,
Would leave them quite aghast.
She reminisces gracious days,
When, for their refreshment,
Guests were offered cups of tea,
For ladylike assessment.
She tells how once the butter knife
Was used with much decorum,
Spoons for jam, and jugs for sauce,
Nor bottles, but to store them.
Recalling silver teapots and
Their matching sugar bowls,
Crystal plates of little cakes,
Cloths fancy-worked with holes.
She shows her trove of knitted ware,
Tea cosies, out of favour,
Explains their insulating role,
Their making worth the labour.
She misses cultivated style,
The china cup and saucer,
The dainty afternoon repast,
Trends today are coarser.
A smile creeps slowly to her face
She makes a sly confession.
She's happy with things as they are,
She must admit,
With mischievous expression.
She begs us not to take account
Of all her prior complaining.
These things are not of consequence,
Just keep what's worth retaining.
Her rant and rave were full of bluff.
She'll keep her cups and saucers
Safe ensconced behind their glass,
And use mugs, like her daughters.
Make your home a place of peace,
And welcome every guest.
Serve with cheer and loving grace,
They surely will be blessed.
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