Monday, May 2, 2011

MAGPIE/ Prompt #64


                                      Clarence Holbrook Carter    1904-2000

This week's Magpie Tales caught my eye with this strong and maternal painting, "Smoldering Fires".  For me it highlights the inate protectiveness of motherhood, an apt thought with Mother's Day just around the corner.  May all Mothers be surrounded by love and joy.


You baked, flour sprinkling on the linoleum,
as I stole a sweet bit of dough,
a lucky charm when a raisin was tucked inside,
and I couldn't wait for the cake
and a sip of your coffee.

Your cheeks went rosy, Mom,
without a touch of the makeup you loved,
the Maybelline mascara tucked behind
the Tangee in that messy drawer,
where I learned to pinch a moment of stardom.

And that was what we did best,
going to the movies.
Collecting a free china plate
on Wednesday afternoons
and looking ahead
to the triumph of the complete set
by the end of the year,
when we could finally eat dinner
like Katherine and Cary.

We worshiped at the palace
of Loew's Paradise,
where adulation came easily,
falling in love with Robin Hood,
swaying with Ginger in the arms of Fred.

We went home and I slipped
into your red wedgies,
prancing while you kneaded the dough,
till you promised to take me
to dancing school
where I might find a Fred of my own.

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Blue Sky Dreaming said...

That is as real as it gets and poetic too. Thank you for the step back to the 'mom and me.'

Laurie Kolp said...

Beautiful, touching piece... love the vivid images!


The Blog of Bee said...

Incredible imagination you have. Like this take very much.

Reflections said...

Simple beauties of life, moments cherished between mother and child... gifts to be treasured through all the years.

Lyn said...

Hi Blue Sky....
Thanks for that lovely comment..for sure it's real!!

Lyn said...

Hi LKHarris-Kolp-
Welcome, and thanks so much...

Lyn said...

Hi Bee's Blog-
So glad you liked this..thank you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Reflections-
It's amazing how much our memories hold...thanks!

Helen said...

This is a lovely poetic tribute to moms around the world!!!!

Jeane Myers said...

oh, how many ways do I love this poem, wonderful Lyn xo

Tess Kincaid said...

This is so very charming, so wonderfully poignant. I used to sneak sips of coffee, as well.

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Thanks..yes, a toast to moms!!

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Wow! to cook/ watch movies..hmmm!

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
Lovely comment..thanks for presenting, the things that stay with us, wonderful.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

That's super sweet.

love your magpie.

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Always so kind..thanks so much!

Kathe W. said...

lovely lovely- dreamy!

Lyn said...

Hi Kathe-
It was a dream of the past..thank you!

Anonymous said...

a very very beautiful take on the prompt! loved it! :)

Lyn said...

Hi thegalnxtdoor-
Welcome to you! Thanks for your generous comment!!

Isabel Doyle said...

loving and lovely

Margie said...

So loved it, Lyn.

Lyn said...

Hi Isabel-
Thank you for your kind words!

Lyn said...

Hi Margie-
So happy to hear from you..and your comment!

Louise said...

Lyn I think this might be my favourite magpie of all time, absolutely beautiful, the love flows through it.

Lyn said...

Hi 120 Socks-
I'm overwhelmed by your comment..this means so much!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lyn - this is a beautiful trip down memory lane. Excellent!

Anna :o]

Lyn said...

Hi Anna-
So glad that you could take this trip with me...thanks!!

Everyday Goddess said...

a sweet pair you two!

Steve Isaak said...

Good, varied response to the prompt. Thank you for that. =)

Lyn said...

Hi Everyday Goddess-
What a "sweet" thing to say...thank you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Steve-
I did enjoy this prompt..thanks for your comment!

Carrie Van Horn said...

This is a lovely moment in time Lyn...perfect for the prompt this week. Happy Mother's Day. :-)

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
Thanks for your lovely comment..and Happy Mother's Day!!

Helena said...

Could a relationship be rendered any sweeter? A beautiful write.

Lyn said...

Hi Lena-
What a lovely thing to say..I so appreciate it!!


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