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The Veranda
by Carole Mathys

Thursday, February 02, 2006
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~ The Veranda ~


 


I picture four women on a veranda


four Southern women in straw colored hats


and gauzy dresses with lace covered fans


They were having a conversation,


and it was hot


their hankies were tucked in cleavages


where eternal trickles of perspiration ran


from the female breast bone to


exotic vacation spots


that Southern men often dream about


 


These Southern ladies were a mixture


of cotton candy and pink champagne


part calico choir girl


and part satin dance hall doll


 


They were sweet smelling, coy, cunning


voluminous, veracious, delicious


these earth sisters, these rebel mothers


they’re vexing, sexy and pernicious


Women who belonged to another time


where writing a letter was by


an exquisite hand


before flirting became extinct


and ladies still blushed behind their fans


 


Like a whim of Scarlet’s


they turned suddenly


as their conversation waned


shutting the door with the bolt of a latch


Leaving behind the longing to join them, but instead only an


abandoned handkerchief


to be picked up


to savor the perfumed shadows


of these women, these Southern women


 


©2006


Carole Mathys   


 


 

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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/14/2006
Carole, this is a brilliant write, very compelling, we could easily picture the scene.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/11/2006
Carole,

This is beautiful; very nice! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/4/2006
E x e l l e n t. Belles must have sat a long time for you to
capture them this well. But of course they were used to posing.
Made an art of it! Tell you a secret: the Belle still lives.
I have Southern friends who have retained the best of the breed's traits and habits. They may wear jogging suits and running shoes, but
their hair is done and their nails are impeccable. . .yet they can
type 100 words a minute and cuss like. . .nevermind. They are
real, honest-to-god steel magnolias, I'm sayin'. Every one of them would love your poem! Gotta see if I can catch one & send 'er over.
Won't be easy, tell ya that. Thanks for the great read! Now go get yo parasol an' sally oan down t'the pahk. Hear there's a
'limmonade' stan'. {Or is it julep?} 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/4/2006
A beautiful piece Careole
"Northern men often dream too"
Well Penned

Love & Peace
William
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 2/4/2006
I like the way your writings have recently gone romantic and kind of memoric (I know that's not a word, but it fits <grin>). Nostalgic write of a time and women whom most of us have seen only in movies, but about which we romanticize. Well done.

Joyce
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/4/2006
Picture perfect write!!

Well done Carole!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/3/2006
You've painted quite a poetic picture here, Carole - marvelous.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/3/2006
Carole,

Your imagery is fantastic. I like these lines :
"their hankies were tucked in cleavages
where eternal trickles of perspiration ran
from the female breast bone to
exotic vacation spots
that Southern men often dream about"

Sometimes dreams do come true. Anyway, excellent write.

Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/3/2006
And fickle they were. That's just how those southern belles behave. Well done.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/2/2006
Powerfully expressed, Carole! A perfect capture of a fading time.
Love it!
Peace and blessings,
Carolyn
Reviewed by jude forese 2/2/2006
excellent atmosphere and imagery ... nice character portryal ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/2/2006
I could see them, Carole, thanks to the power of your imagery and verse! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. (a Southern girl by choice)
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 2/2/2006
This was a magnificient read..I felt as if I were sitting on the veranda and watching them..Vivid imagery and original..
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/2/2006
Elegant and bourgeois at the same time! A grand poem with vivid graphics! I really enjoyed this one Carole! Beautifully rendered!

Eileen^
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/2/2006
Well! What could we do with that pretty, perfumed hanky. We'll think of something. VERY nice poetry, loved your ambience.
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/2/2006
All I need is a mint julep to go along with this teasing southern belle poem.
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