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A Shade From The Past

Just as days long ago, when decorum resolved, before composure, and poise,.. were corsages, unknown Where propriety mattered, and was favored as gold, high society, has gathered to flavor their tea There's a trellis, embraced by a rose climbing vine Places are set, for dining in jade beneath shadows that stretch under arthritic old trees While slivers of sunshine, squeeze through the branches of silver leafed limbs, in magnolia bloomed shade Tea will be served, by large knuckled hands at several round tables dressed with Swiss lace designs Wearing lavender silk is our proper Grand Dame' who fits her surroundings, as vintage as wine Voices are lilting like the birds in the trees Laughter and chatter, mingle with soft, summer breezes A bouquet of old friends, around a few scattered tables. Silver coifed hairdos, to make celebration Crepe myrtle and wrinkles, beneath ashes and maples Water cress munchies, and triangle creations Sweet honey-suckle, tucked over the porches.… Rose petal blossoms, are painted on china Bridge cards, tumble by Blue Willow dishes Biscuits from England, crumble sublimely Large bosoms bouncing, and big floppy hats Gossip dished up with lemon-sliced frowns Up in the tree is the neighbor's calico cat who catches a glance, and a chance to crawl down Are they ladies of leisure, from a time that is lost? Or a painting I've seen on the wall from the past? ______________________________ Inspired By the Garden Party Contest Sponsored By Cyndi McMillan 6/6/14

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Date: 12/2/2014 11:19:00 AM
Absolutely beautiful but then again, I wouldn't expect less. Congrats on your featured sonnet and on your win.
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Carrie Richards
Date: 12/2/2014 12:55:00 PM
It is so nice to hear from an old friend! Hope you are well, Vince, and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday. You always have had the gift to take me back to my childhood, with your poems! Thank you for that! :)
Date: 7/17/2014 9:22:00 AM
Congrats on a fine win!! I knew this was a winner!!
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Date: 7/16/2014 8:05:00 PM
maybe a memory from a past life.. congratulations Carrie on this beautiful poem and your win
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Date: 7/16/2014 7:15:00 PM
lovely imagery Carrie congrats on win hugs
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Date: 7/16/2014 5:25:00 PM
Perfect! well done, grats on your win!! :)
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Date: 7/16/2014 3:22:00 PM
The poem is more delicious that the food the bouncing bosom ladies ate. Really enjoyed this, Carrie. Congratulations on the first place win.
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Date: 7/16/2014 10:25:00 AM
This is sublime. I loved it. Congratulations. Love, Joyce
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Date: 7/16/2014 6:34:00 AM
Wow!! Beautiful and truly remarkable Carrie..:) I love the two paintings oh poetry you have written..:) I'll put this on my fave too:) love love it..:)! CONGRATULATIONS Carrie!
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Date: 7/16/2014 5:22:00 AM
This is an excellent double sonnet, Carrie. Just like in old films and classic books/paintings. You painted it to perfection. Goes to my favs. Congratulations for a very deserved win. // paul
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Date: 7/16/2014 2:05:00 AM
Well another masterpiece ,, tough poem,, arthritic I cud best understand Carrie! Every line was so majestic ,, when patiently read ,, congrats on huge win!
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Date: 7/15/2014 10:15:00 PM
Oh my I like yours!! [better than mine!] ditto on what Dee said & 2 both love er ly! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Date: 7/15/2014 10:12:00 PM
Congratulations, Poet Extraordinaire. So much to love about this one. Please stop by my winner's blog... hey, the arthritic trees is sublime. Thank you for putting your all into this ... it comes across as a cakewalk, but I see all the tools you used and each line is highly polished. LOVE IT!
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Date: 7/2/2014 5:45:00 AM
A double sonnet. Simly brilliant, Carrie. I hope you have entered this in the contest for something beautifu, because this is beautiful. bfn Lainie
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Date: 6/22/2014 8:52:00 PM
Dear Carrie: Simply lovely work. A marvelous read. Thanks. Leon
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Date: 6/19/2014 1:23:00 PM
What a party there!! even tea ;';''') though in my world its a total different setup, I understood each single line here and trust me I cant fail to add this to my FAV right now
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Date: 6/7/2014 10:39:00 PM
This in my opinion is a masterpiece! Elegant, precise , smooth and fantastic... Bravo, bravo and BBBravoo!!!! I simply love the past but never attended a garden party!! This gem goes into my fav!! Thank you..
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Date: 6/7/2014 10:46:00 AM
oh my gosh, you NAILED it. I would not know where to begin on this one. I never attended a garden party and I don't know any thing about fancy table settings!! If I do this contest at all, I will really have to think outside the box!
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Date: 6/7/2014 7:18:00 AM
What a great visualization, Carrie. Whatever it is, real or painting, you presented it quite eloquently. I could picture myself there. Very nice gathering. Will be reading more of your poetry. Thanks for sharing.....Robert.
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Date: 6/7/2014 6:08:00 AM
Yes, wonderful garden party , carrie
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Date: 6/6/2014 7:55:00 PM
This is simply wonderful!!!!
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