34 Comments on “Even Years Later”

  1. Susan Chast Says:

    Oh, this makes me yearn for my Grandmother, who was a shelter if not a temle. Powerfully evocative.

  2. mhwarren Says:

    This speaks of such specific longing and the sacred space of love and being loved. Thank you for this…

  3. hedgewitch Says:

    This is just beautiful, k–a sense of love and warmth wrapped in memories of the softest lavender, of that perfect peace and sense of belonging we can know as children and seem to lose as we age. A gift of a poem.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks. It was really a gift. A glimmer came during my conference and then after I’d decided to go to bed, I just sat up instead and wrote it out–some re-writing–don’t know if I improved what I originally scribbled, but it did come pretty quickly. You never know if those kinds of things are good at all–when they come so quirkily–but glad you liked it. k .

      On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:18 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Had the courage to go back to it after your comment–though it’s one of those that I sort of memorize as I write, though I mucked around a bit with the transition between last two stanzas–now have taken out the “but” which seemed somehow to smooth it last night, but I think was just part of normal hyper-apologetic tone. Thanks again. k.

      On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:18 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  4. The gentle description of that old lady (mother, grandmother) with those smell of lavender makes me think of my grandmother too… wonderful writing.

  5. I could smell the lavender! 🙂 Beautiful poem. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  6. This takes me back so wonderfully….my grandmother, the scent of lilac and sweet pea….. lavender sachets in all the drawers…….

  7. Mama Zen Says:

    This made me cry. Beautiful, K.

  8. Terrific job with this prompt. Love the lavender lady-that second stanza is magic

  9. Memories connected to scent… some of the most precious. I love the way you guide us to this one.

  10. The beauty of this poem suits the gorgeousness, but also the delicacy of lavender.

  11. brian miller Says:

    there are so many kind of temples…that opened this poem up for me all the more…and the feel and memories there in the back of the drawer….smiles.

  12. This is so evocative…I love how you bring in the cedar and pine, too…so many vivid snippets of imagery…thank you for joining, K!

  13. Brendan Says:

    I love how you go after memory chasing the scent further back into the cedar drawer–“pining” as a way of mining and scent the evocative spade, bringing forth such fine nuggets. “Temple” also used so wonderfully in the plural sense, a child’s temple, the temple of memory, and the greater/est temple of those fields of lavender, so alive and full still of adoration. Wonderful.

  14. claudia Says:

    i love the idea of finding someone in a specific scent… i think scents are much more often connected to specific people or moments than we realize

  15. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    As an ‘instinctive poem’, this speaks directly to my heart, and I remember the women, mother and grandmother, who were so identifiable by their scent. It brings me to tears.

  16. So beautiful. I too think of those I love and are now gone. There are times I sit with my box of memories, hold items in my hands, and go back to moments tugging my heart through the mist.

  17. lynn__ Says:

    The cedar and lavender are both such powerful scents (they competed a bit in my mind) but love the sweetly scented memories of this “instinctive” poem…sometimes those are the best!

  18. misskutts Says:

    I could only smile through this. Great poem!

  19. Mohana Says:

    Reminds me of my mom, Karen. 19 yrs since she passed away.
    Beautifully written.

  20. How lovely. Scent is one of the strongest reminders of the people, the places in our lives. It preserves the warmth and the love, and all of those memories.

  21. Grace Says:

    This reminds me of my grandmother K, she was such a lady with lace & perfume ~ Love this part:

    There are so many kinds
    of temples-

  22. I love how the sense of smell evokes so many memories, and for me, lavender is one of the most powerful. When I worked hospice, the CNA’s used lavender essential oils in patient’s bathwater to help relax/comfort them. About a mile from my home in Reno there is a farm called Lavender Ridge–wonderful.

  23. M Says:

    so evocative ~

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