This poem is penned for the prompt at Skeptic Kaddish where the poets were asked to write a poem following these rules
- 12 lines of free verse;
- Must include the adjective “adorable”
The Mulberry Cottage still stands firm
The gladioli,Lilies and orchids still dance with the wind,
One part of garden looks loftier with tons of leaves some wild begonia, twigs and daisies
And a silent creature- rests within.
I often wonder would Miss Mackenzie,
Be thinking about her flowers
And the house, her cat Wily and
‘One electric bulb’* would she still ask?
Was she smiling adorably when her body felt,
The ‘grunt’ and the ‘tup’ of that shovel,
And the precious book of wildflowers she gave me
Would she not give it one more stroll, a caress?
*The poem is inspired by the short story ‘The Prospect of Flowers’ by the eminent author Ruskin Bond.
The Mulberry Cottage is the house of an English spinster Miss Mackenzie. There is nothing extraordinary in her life until she finds a boy plucking flowers in her garden. Together they both come together to study flowers in a book filled with many names of different species. Time flies fast, the boy goes afar and she dies, cold in her bed. I imagined her to be buried within a bed of flowers and the visit of the boy after his vacations…
*One electric bulb I would care to explain. She one time exclaimed to the boy to gift her some electric bulbs for hers always flickered and his father did a business of electric bulbs.