27 August 2012


The purple lilac is the state flower of New Hampshire

Purple Lilac   

Image by Salim Virji via 

Flickr Creative Commons

 The lilacs worried the room
with their wilting
She sketched them grim
and bittersweet
The sun sank lower
and cast a shadow
which changed violet
into gray
And the sketch faded in the cold night air.

Written 6/6/1978 and posted today in The Pantry #112  over at Poets United just for fun!

 Copyright © 2012 S.L.Chast


Mary said...

Glad that Sherry told you to 'put it in the pantry.' Every Sunday morning, you will find the pantry awaiting your words!

Love the idea of the lilacs worrying the room..what a creative way of expressing deep sadness, Susan.

Brian Miller said...

smiles....i love them worrying the room right up front...cool turn of phrase....her drawing them bittersweat, cool as well....and a bit of mystery as well in them disappearing....

Grace said...

Nice changing of the mood from the violet to the wilting gray ~ Hopefully the grim and bittersweet will fade with the morning light ~

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This is a lovely moment captured--and preserved in a bit of melancholic air--just lovely write!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So beautiful! Rich in mood and suggestive of a much larger story.

Maude Lynn said...

I love that opening line! Wow!