Candied Violets (Last Lesson)

Wizened palm pressed
violet confection into young fingers
damp from tears.

“Taste, then understand,”
the crone whispered.

Apprentice tasted
spring rains on her skin,
rich loam through her toes,
before feeling blossoms torn,
scorched stiff by oven,
and finally melting on tongue.

“Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet,”
apprentice said.

Crone nodded, then slept.




This poem was created for the prompt given at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, Fireblossom Friday: I Put A Spell on You. It is also linked to Verse Escape's Friday 55.

41 comments:

  1. I really like the point of view. It feels removed, while feeling everything. The penultimate stanza is brilliant magic.

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    1. I wanted a little of that "Once Upon a Time..." sort of view and was pleasantly surprised I had some small success with it.

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  2. I love this especially; “Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet” ..such depth and wisdom in this, Rommy!!💕

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  3. Very, very nicely done.. don't let your bitter steal your sweet. Something to remember in hard times.

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    1. Something I need to remember as well

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  4. No one seems to want to be the apprentice these days, everybody wants to be the boss--but you miss a lot that way. This shows what learning is for, and how even the wisdom we have hides til it's revealed in a way that speaks to us the most. Thanks for playing 55, Rommy, and have a kickass weekend.

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    1. If we don't slow down and take the time to be aware of what most dismiss as minutiae, we miss a lot of things.

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  5. I fine October lesson, this, and timely in a larger sense as well.

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  6. Lovely lesson beautifully written!

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  7. Love the magic here.. and maybe in the end the crone can learn from the apprentice.

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  8. Oh hey, wait a minute....you double posted! *brain melts*

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  9. I love the contrast of wizened palm and young fingers - shades of Hansel and Gretel. My favourite line has to be:
    “Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet”.

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    1. I'm glad I got a little of that feel in there

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  10. Wonderful! "Don't let your bitter steal your sweet."

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  11. I love the lesson imprinted here...lovely writing!!

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  12. Sound advice.The apprentice becomes the teacher?

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  13. "Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet,” apprentice said." Love that..It is something we all need to learn.

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  14. I could paint the picture so well from your words. Clearly he is taking heed of the old crone's advice.

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  15. Knowledge passing on, a lovely lesson and a superb way of presenting it.

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  16. I think we all need to remember not to let our bitter steal our sweet!! A good lesson for the times.

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  17. "Don't let your bitter steal your sweet" ... words to live by.

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  18. There's a wise lesson here. We can all learn from it.

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  19. What an intriguing tale ... a bit of magic ... a bit of wisdom ... Loved it!

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  20. Don't let your bitter steal your sweet...wow that's a very good lesson for today. thank you my friend.

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  21. Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet Great wisdom and great magic in your poem

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  22. “Don’t let your bitter steal your sweet,”.. words to live by!!!

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  23. Wow, that's profound! I love the way the lesson kinda snuck up on us, and was unpredictable.

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