Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Stealing Lilacs" by Alice N. Persons



Stealing Lilacs

A guaranteed miracle,
it happens for two weeks each May,
this bounty of riches
where McMansion, trailer,
the humblest driveway
burst with color—pale lavender,
purple, darker plum—
and glorious scent.
This morning a battered station wagon
drew up on my street
and a very fat woman got out
and starting tearing branches
from my neighbor's tall old lilac—
grabbing, snapping stems, heaving
armloads of purple sprays
into her beater.
A tangle of kids' arms and legs
writhed in the car.
I almost opened the screen door
to say something,
but couldn't begrudge her theft,
or the impulse
to steal such beauty.
Just this once,
there is enough for everyone.

--Alice N. Persons

37 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Happy Tuesday BB,
Wow we're first to comment amazing!!
How do you find such interesting and amusing poetry?
We love the color of the flowers,
Hugs Madi and Mom

Nancy said...

Seems everyone is having a banner lilac year. Just beautiful!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beauty brings out the best and worst in us.

Cricket said...

Great selection today. I love love love my lilacs, and recently had to make my extreme displeasure known to my five year-old, who was staring to pick off the buds.

Absolutely NOT!!!! You will not do that, especially not before they've even opened.

Still catching up on things bloggy. May is a tough month around here. So happy belated Mother's Day, and those were some amazing flowers as well. Some odd little critters out in your warmer climate, I must say.

blueviolet said...

But just once, or the beauty will ALL be stolen. :(

Out on the prairie said...

I wish they just would stay longer.I would have offered some clippers to her.

Linda said...

Lilacs are such a wonderful flower...so pretty and so fragrant. Ours may not make it this year. It's been so cold. But other things are finally blooming, so maybe they will, too. Enjoyed today's poem and image.

Fresh Garden said...

Absolutely wonderful!
Simply the best of the best!!

Old Kitty said...

I love the woman grabbing and snatching at the branches - there is a desperation in her violence - to steal such beauty!

Thanks lovely BB!! Take care
x

Pearl said...

Ah, the smell of lilacs. Our reward for having trudged through another winter.

Pearl

floweringmama said...

Aha! They smell like I imagine heaven would.

EmptyNester said...

I am not a fan of purple but Lilacs are so pretty! And the poem provided laughter!

Shopgirl said...

What a fun poem. I could see the lady and the flowers are so gorgeous that I could understand her hoarding a bit. :)

Susan in the Boonies said...

How hard to be so generous!

The poet was a SAINT!!!

baygirl32 said...

thanks for another great post to enjoy with my morning coffee

Brian said...

So of the best whiffin ever!

Annie said...

Love lilacs and Wisteria.
The smell outside is lovely this year.

Talli Roland said...

Beautiful words -- and photo!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.

Have a nice day.
Yvonne.

Ms. A said...

That one was different. Sometimes it's hard to get beauty into our lives, unless we find it elsewhere, outside of ones self.

jenny_o said...

Can't wait for our lilacs to bloom up north here. I think part of the joy is exactly that they last so briefly - there is no time to get tired of them. Beautiful picture!

Eileen said...

Love it. I absolutely love lilacs. Beautiful photo, too.

Pat said...

I just LOVE this! Maybe because lilacs are one of my favorite flowers. I'm posting something about lilacs tomorrow.

Anne Gallagher said...

How did I miss this post? Lilacs are my favorite flower. I wish I could bottle the smell.

(Oh yeah, I was with my mother at the DMV.)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Purple is cool - it's royalty!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a fun poem! thanks for sharing, i love lilacs; that photo is really perfect!

Ann said...

I love lilacs but haven't been able to get them to grow in my yard. Maybe I should drive around the neighborhood and just steal theirs. I wonder if I could find a battered old station wagon as my getaway car :)

Daisy said...

The fragrance of lilacs is one of my favorites. I guess you can't really blame someone for wanting to have some for their own. Sweet poem, Betty. I hope you are enjoying your day. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Perfect for the day. I admit to stealing a few lilacs in my life.

The Adorkable Ditz said...

Haha this poem is so you! I can imagine you being this person!

http://theadorkableditzmissteps.blogspot.com/

Lin said...

While I love lilacs, I would never dream of stealing them like that. At least bring clippers if you are gonna be nabbing them illegally or uninvited--sheesh. I am in hog heaven these days, sniffy sniffin' everywhere I go for all the lovely fragrances that abound!

scrapwordsmom said...

Lilacs are my fave. Their fragrance is just the best thing about Spring!

sewa mobil said...

Very nice, thanks.

Catherine said...

I can hardly wait for my lilacs to appear!
xo Catherine

Leanne said...

So lovely ... the lilac. Last spring we planted a few lilac bushes in our yard, and I can't wait for them to bloom. Their scents are truly the sweetest of all spring. Beautiful photo, my dear.

CM said...

Oh how can I not comment on this one!!! So beautiful!

Baby Sister said...

I love lilacs, and that is probably one of the most beautiful pictures of a lilac I have seen. And that quote is amazing.