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Chicagoetry: Vestiges Of Lilacs In Time

Vestiges of Lilacs in Time

Vestiges of lilacs
Festoon her face

Rose of Sharon and
Tulips, too, in time

Gestures betray
A dancer's grace

Her smile:
The bane of fools

Her smile, gone awhile

Except in dreams

As winter wanes
Tulips loom

Sturdy stock, downtown bloom
A Chicago thing

Rose of Sharon, sturdy stock
Neighborhood boon

A Chicago thing
Fugitive lilacs, late to spring

Clusters garland
Her fading face now
Hostage to time

My lost rose gone
To the repertory company
Of the dream theater

Along the main drag
Of the dozing mind,
A small town with

One intersection

One horse, maybe two
In this nightly Brigadoon,
Rural yet nearby, like

Woodstock, or
Maybe Lockport
Before Boza's closed

Recurring cameos
Clipped dialogue
Matinees mostly

Scenes best directed
While wide awake

Night dreams being
The domain of the dead
Mortis Personae:

Lost family, late friends
Those ghosted, and who ghosted

Celebrity crushes
Taking direction only
From the subconscious

Improvising, extemporizing
Beyond control

My lost smile
Relegated to fugitive

Of surrendered

Lilacs linger
In the larger lots

Rose of Sharon
Endure the neighborhood plots

Tulips bejewel
The boulevard pots

My lost face
Ghosted to imaginary

My last grace
Surrendered to the bane
Of time


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Chicagoetry: The Book

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* Kindled Tindall: The Novel

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