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Flower Market
by Michelle M Mead
Sunday, January 10, 2010
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This is based on a painting by C. Pierre LaTour (1935-2006), oil on canvas. The picture with this poem is almost the same painting, but I was unable to find the exact flower market picture I was looking for, so settled for this one because of its similarity.



Bursting baskets and bustling customers

do an early morning ritual of fliratatious dances

just a peek now and then with a toss of the head

to assure the place and quantity of the other

both holding the delicious jewels of many a garden

as varied and brilliant as the painter's palette


The black-capped young man was there, too

before him an easel open and standing tall

peering across the street at the favored cafe

a neighborhood flag to calm and to retreat

depending upon the color and jingle-count

of the money in such roaming restless pockets


But yet for some, the fashions choose the venue

a snobbish social stamp needed in a book of images

though faded, they are glorious to their own mirrors

and in this part of the city, oh-so haute couture

lest we forget the ladies who lunch over pink roses

and bargain in secret upon the frailty of the lilies


Fine poppy petals are the parchment paper of love

on which all mad florists sell their idyllic schemes

of ivy-covered cottages growing in the countryside

amid the ruminating hum of gathering bees

market dreamers know they track the dust of the city home

upon the soles of their tattered garden shoes





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Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Flower markets are beautiful. I often wonder why people work so hard to grow flowers, only to cut them and sell them for pennies,

Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
Well penned. Exciting and very beautiful as well. I remembered as I read the last stanza that I too use to think about carrying home foreign dust on my shoes. Great memories. Thank you. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
What a lovely trip to the flower market I enjoyed with your write, Michelle. Beautifully done!!!

Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Fabulous story-telling here, Michelle; truly cinematic and evocative - very sensual as well. Love the denouement especially and those wonderful final lines. A very accomplished and complete write; and a very satisfying read. xx
Reviewed by William Bonilla
an amazing description Michelle
of a lovely flower market painting
where not only floral arrangements are soul
but the beauty of the people about its setting
Love & peace be with you

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
I could have seen it, felt it without the art, you are gifted.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Fantastic write!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Who needs the painting when you paint the images on our eyes? Absolutely gorgeous, Michelle, very well penned. Could almost smell the blooms. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by larry linville
This poem makes a lifeless street come to life, one stanza at a time.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
This is wonderful.Everytime I read your works,they alway put a smile on my face and makes me feel good.Its a joy reading your poetry.take care
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Another fine example of your talent, Michelle. Well done.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
If as Mr. Turner suggests there is a story within a story the writer (Michelle) captures it in such a way as to allow the reader to enjoy it at whatever level they so choose. Well done...
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Clearly in love with your subject, its brilliance and diversity, the Montmartre market offers wonders and glories and the fashion-conscious can't compete with such naturalness. Very fine indeed.

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