23 January: for Fireblossom Wordgarden

jam jar with foxgloves

Her Dotage

some memories
like air
you can’t hold on to them
some remain
as lucid as the scent of
newly mown grass

I grew foxgloves last year
and when they bloomed
I could hear Dad’s voice –

Find me foxgloves, and I’ll show you blackberries.

Mum wanted a magnolia
said it reminded her of
her father’s accent –

Straight off the Florida panhandle, she said.

my grandson says I’m old
my husband calls it my dotage.

I won’t soon forget that.

written for Firebloom Wordgarden and Poetic Bloomings. AI Digital Art is mine and created using Midjourney’s bot (v4). Image and poem Β©Misky 2023 Shared on Twitter #amwriting @midjourney

12 responses to “23 January: for Fireblossom Wordgarden”

  1. You’ve hit on something here that everyone experiences but is rarely pointed out: the most casual things a loved one says can remain in a person’s memory forever and bring that person back to them at odd moments. It’s a lovely thing. Your twist at the end is sardonic and perfect. Sometimes the things spouses say aren’t quite so treasured! πŸ˜‰



    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Shay.

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  2. Sardonic – Shay has hit on the perfect word for that ending! πŸ™‚ It made me smile.

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  3. “Straight off the Florida panhandle.” Your mum was right.
    Blew me away with that one, Misky! 🌸

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  4. Misk, this is so you. Not a wasted word. Perfectly rendered life story, moments in time. LOVE THIS. Thank you for sharing with us!


    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it and leave a comment. Much appreciated. ❀️

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  5. Susie Clevenger avatar
    Susie Clevenger

    Love how you heard your parents voices in blooms…and well, I guess if we live long enough we can claim our dotage or be assigned it. πŸ™‚


    1. True. True. 😁


  6. Margaret Schaff Bednar avatar
    Margaret Schaff Bednar

    I absorbed this poem into my being. I so loved it!


    1. Thank you so very much!


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