Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"1940's Subtlety"

1940 Subtlety

Faint crimson stain, slightly parted,
carefully pressed
upon vintage cotton hanky, 
I find folded and tucked
beneath delicate, date-stamped envelope
whose faded feminine scroll 
matches flowing words

thanking Grandpa 
for refreshing Autumn walk,
chilled hands finding warmth, 
swans, golden path underfoot, 
laughter; all reflected 
in "our" gentle lake.

And I can't help wonder, 
the place of their first kiss;
her seal (the one held in my hand)
upon his dear, freshly shaved cheek?

by Margaret Bednar, November 9, 2015

This will be linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Tuesday Platform".  


Anonymous said...

Deftly done, Margaret, fragrant like the trace of perfume behind that kiss. We've lost so much with these easier, faster communications. That old way of applying lipstick to a letter just can't be wiped off.

Marian said...

This is marvelous, Margaret. I feel like I'm peeking into that correspondence, getting a whiff of its bouquet. Really nice.

Gillena Cox said...

nice, of the romantic kind of stuff, like a scene from a movie.

Have a nice Tuesday

much love...

Mama Zen said...

How lovely, Margaret!

Jim said...

Sooo nice, Margaret. I was with every peek into that hanky. My supposition is that Grandma kept it close while Grandpa was off to war. He may or may not have been able to return alive or well.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

wonderful reflection


Anonymous said...

very sweet Margaret. my hubby and I also had our own swan lake (except they turned out to be geese!)

Lucinda Goce Bristol Tamhane Sahakian said...

swan lake imagery is cool.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Beautiful and tender. Well done.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

That's so sweet!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

How delightful, and happy-making.

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a beautiful way to remember a beloved grandparent.

Carol Campbell said...

So tender and lovely!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh WOW, a glimpse of an earlier, more romantic day! Loved this!

kaykuala said...

Such private moments sincere and well. It could rightly come from one so loving. Kept these years so lovingly too! Touching moments Marge!


Susie Clevenger said...

This is so beautiful...so precious

Ella said...

I am smitten with the intimacy gathered and kept treasured and pressed~