Friday, April 9, 2010

Magpie Entry #9





With apologies to Edna St. Vincent Millay
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten.
That umber lipstick, though, I can't forget.
The rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply.
I cannot say what loves have gone before;
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

40 comments:

The Hausfrau said...

Oh, nicely done!

French Fancy said...

Good version, Berowne

Katherine said...

Oh..I like it Berowne! Very nice indeed!

Derrick said...

Super, Berowne, and most poignant.

ds said...

Wonderful!

Berowne said...

What generous comments from The Hausfrau, French Fancy, Katherine, Derrick and ds. Thanks so much.

joanny said...

Berowne

Splendid job -- I do not think Edna would mind at all -- to still be remembered is a good thing.

Joanny

chiccoreal said...

What's with burnt umber?We saw this repeat in the opera Carmen. It is a hot colour. It must have been the colour of the year circa 1890. Serious love this poem Berowne! I can relate totally! Quelle title? Je t'adore!

Pauline said...

no apologies needed. that was wonderfully done.

Catalyst said...

Ah, I knew there was a romantic in there somewhere! Nice one, Berowne.

Lisa said...

I truly loved this one. Bravo! I think I shall go back and reread it yet once more.

Tumblewords: said...

She'd be pleased!

Book Dilettante said...

How wonderful and charming! I'm very impressed by the images and the rhyme!

Harvee
Magpie Tales

evalinn said...

Nice!

PattiKen said...

This so lovely! I think Edna would be proud to have inspired it.

Thank you for visiting my entry. I really appreciate it.

Berowne said...

joanny, chiccoreal, Pauline, Catalyst, Lisa, Tumblewords, Book Dilettante, evalinn and PattiKen: you've made this a fine weekend for your friend Berowne -- thanks!

willow said...

I think my good friend Edna St. Vee would love this, Mr. B!

Berowne said...

willow: "I think my good friend Edna St. Vee would love this, Mr. B!"

Hope you're right. Thanks, willow!

Brian Miller said...

nicely done berowne...th memories it stirs i imagine tap on the window as well...nice magpie!

spacedlaw said...

Beautiful!

R. Burnett Baker said...

No apologies needed, Berown! I connected with your sentiments on the first line!

Rick

Star said...

What beautiful poetry. Your use of words does you great credit.
Star

Pat said...

So sad but as the flames die down there's less chance of getting burnt.

Berowne said...

Pat: "So sad but as the flames die down there's less chance of getting burnt."

True, but don't forget that "smoke gets in your eyes". :-)

Berowne said...

Star: "What beautiful poetry. Your use of words does you great credit."

Thanks so much. But it's my use of Edna's words, actually.

Berowne said...

spacedlaw: "Beautiful!"

Your comment is much appreciated, thanks.

rel said...

to paraphrase; to have known the taste of love for a season is better than never knowing love.

Stephanie said...

My favorite line, "The rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply" puts me in a melancholy frame of mind. It's a beautiful piece of poetry.

Peter Goulding said...

Your versatility is coming out now Berowne. Lovely lines

Berowne said...

To have rel, Stephanie and Peter Goulding respond so favorably to my little effort is very gratifying -- thanks.

Suz said...

No more!
Loved it!!!

Ji said...

cool!
it evokes imaginations!

Ji said...

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Happy Tuesday!

Helen said...

Inspiration is underrated ... you did Ms. Edna proud.

Berowne said...

Helen: "...you did Ms. Edna proud."

Glad you think so. Thanks.

amy said...

Loved this poem, as well as visiting your colorful blog; well done =-)

Berowne said...

amy: "Loved this poem, as well as visiting your colorful blog; well done."

Loved your visit. Thanks. :-)

The Bug said...

Fabulous! Summer sang in me a little while... Sigh.

Poetikat said...

Really like this! Umber is such a great word, isn't it?

Berowne said...

Poetikat: "Umber is such a great word, isn't it?"

Careful, I may take umbrage. :-)

 
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