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Well, I'm "Living in the Past" as the old Jethro Tull song went. And why not right now? Yesterday was my birthday and besides the incredible "heavy weather" we had here in Florida. A drenching rain and Big Violent thunderstorms, a few tornados about that luckily missed my neck of the woods; besides all that, I woke up with serious cramps and spasms and the "elements were conspiring agains me" as Shakespeare says in "The Tempest"

Anyway, I could not find the picture I had of these lovely Flowers that my mother picked for me back in 1984 in Deland and put on my window still but you can picture them. I always loved the Wisteria bushes I had in both previous dwellings but no longer have here. They're a true "Harbinger" of spring here in Florida and, they only last for a few weeks in flower, before the petals are scattered to the wind.
My deceased mother always loved this "song". I tossed the vocal rendition of it from 1984 until someday I meet the right jazz vocalist to sing this very liquid jazz-vocal song.

Also: this lyric compares a "flower to a lady" and not "a lady to a flower" (subtle difference)

c. 1984, michael a. guy, under the collection title: "Quest"
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Purple Mystery
Mysterious Wisteria
Purple lady mysterious,
Drooping lovely over me,
     Your hair dropping petals to the wind.

You wane upon my window sill
And shed your life with grace
With every fallen purple flower
I watch each passing face.

Wisteria, fragrant with loveliness
                 fragrance so delirious
Wisteria, purple lady mysterious,
Fleeting as the days of spring....

     Does time not take its toll?
Die with grace & beauty
     For death can't touch your Soul.







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Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Full of grace and the profound, this is beautiful.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Beautiful. The poem captures the flower in all its glory! I bet the song is nice. I can imagine a tune that would go with this....M
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner
Very pretty. Happy belated bday. I can understand why your Mother loved this song. I remember those storms in FL, my parents used to live in Plantation and I hated those FL storms when I went to visit. But usually after the storms comes the bright sun to warm things up again.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Favorite flower or mine is the Wisteria. Wish I had one planted where I live, but in springtime I see it on others yards and it is so pretty. Thanks for the worlds of wisdom about it and keep on writing good like this.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Thank you for sharing your creative gifts, Michael. Lovely work. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
When one reads your written words with the knowlege of the true person behind them it causes one to stop and think... to question just how much about life and love have been taken for granted. Clearly you take nothing for granted. Happy Birthday Micheal! Wishing you good health, prosperity, and much love. Love Holly
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
I've always equated wisteria with death. Old, faded buildings, occupants long gone, with its tangled vines so grotesque and faded purple dripping off like old rags. The other day I saw purple over a high wall from the freeway and was surprised at its vivid and thick color.

Watched Stevie Ray Vaughn last night... the jazz will be better.

Reviewed by John Leko
...and I find this to be absolutely great lyric for jazz of your best... just the word wisteria...spells jazz.
...and Happy Birthday to you buddy...and well wishes for your health...
Reviewed by Charlie
Beautiful. Just plain beautiful. I hope you do find that vocalist. --Charlie
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

The POETENTIAL (poetic + potential) of the voice of "Wisteria" sings to enchant and to connect mellifluous blow of wise interlude to stimulate the stage of intelligence to create wonders through the performance of beauty.

"Wisteria" is a true inspirational spiritual grand.

I salute You, Musician-Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Beautiful writing sweet man..take care Ok...Hugss
Reviewed by David Hightower
Michael - Happy Birthday and thanks for the present (Wisteria); your poem creates the fragile beauty of its blossoms. There's no color that quite matches the purple of wisteria. Here, some grow on vines and hang from tree branches, sometimes they cover most of the tree and the blossoms hang down in bunches like grapes, and there aroma is... well, you've already said it:

Wisteria, fragrant with loveliness
fragrance so delirious
Wisteria, purple lady mysterious...
Fleeting as the days of spring

Reviewed by Steve Joos
You paint a vivid picture of a flower fading and people passing by.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

First of all, Happy (belated) birthday; doesn't sound like it was a good one. :( I'm sorry. :(

Second, this is a beautiful write - I was going to say, the only Wisteria I know is Lane. LOL (Desperate Housewives) Not that I watch that show - do know that's where these - women? - live. LOL Yours is much better. :) More real.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Glad you aren't rejecting, and that the storms missed you. :) Something good for your birthday, count your blessings!
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