Gems 6.54

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

6.54 (1)

Photo by Picmonkey.

I have only so much room on our Gems, and this poem has 109 lines.  Here is the full stanza from which I pulled the lines I chose.

Lilacs,
False blue,
White,
Purple,
Color of lilac,
You have forgotten your Eastern origin,
The veiled women with eyes like panthers,
The swollen, aggressive turbans of jeweled pashas.
Now you are a very decent flower,
A reticent flower,
A curiously clear-cut, candid flower,
Standing beside clean doorways,
Friendly to a house-cat and a pair of spectacles,
Making poetry out of a bit of moonlight
And a hundred or two sharp blossoms.

-Amy Lowel, What’s O’Clock (Houghton Mifflin Company. 1925)

I’m not sure I can post the entire poem without permission.  You’ll find it here:  Poetry Foundation

Amy died in 1925. In 1926 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “What’s O’Clock” which includes Lilacs.  

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