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The Last Perfect Season

by Joyce Sutphen

No one knew it then, but that was the last
perfect season, the last time sky and earth

were so balanced that when we walked,
we flew, the last time we could pick a crate

of strawberries every morning in June,
the last time the mystical threshing

machine appeared at the edge of the field,
dividing the oats from the chaff, time of

hollyhocks and sprinklers, white clouds over
a tin roof. Everyone we knew was young then.

Our mothers wore dresses the color of
dove wings, slim at the waist, skirts flaring

just enough to let the folds drape slightly,
like the elegant suits our fathers wore,

shirts so white they dazzled even
the grainy eye of the camera when

we looked down into the viewfinder to
press the button that would keep us there,

as if we already knew that this was
as good as it was ever going to get.

Hooking up with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday...texture used...KK Waterfront 4

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Reader Comments (15)

I love this poem so much!...and you have the perfect image to go with it:)

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGail O

Thank you Gail...the poem really stuck me to when I read it...some poems just jump out at us don't they.
Have a nice weekend...and thanks for stopping by...

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Beautiful pairing of both image and words, they dance off the page together in perfect harmony.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Beautiful! Such amazing, lovely softness!

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow! This is a stunning shot. I love your use of texture, visiting from Kim's place.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ FSL

H.S. you also have a way with words...I'm surprised you don't write more..thank you for coming tonight...

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Hi's that old 50mm...I love what it does. I should take it out more often...Have a nice weekend.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Welcome Lisa and thanks for the lovely comment...using textures are so much fun...I like how they can change the background but you can keep whatever you want as you shot it...have a nice day.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Wonderful image and poem!

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

Wonderful Cheryl thanks for sharing...

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

so pretty cheryl... beautifully processed.....
and i love the poem.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim klassen

This could not be more beautiful. The blue in the flower is stunning. Lovely poem.

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdiana foster

Thanks Kim, Viv and Diana for taking time from your busy day to stop by...I really appreciate it...when I have the time to really do it right, I love still life photography...who knew...thanks also Kim for the textures and the help me turn ordinary photo's into extraordinary photo's....this is the best group ever...

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Just Beautiful.

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa RedWillow

Lovely processing and what a fabulous poem!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxi

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