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Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

C'est la Vie


Had my fill
of the almost empty pot –

the residuum is tasteless,
unappealing

and the staff of life
dried and moulded a long time ago
leaving me hungry.

Still, there remains a generous dollop
of cynicism on my plate

which suits my palate
especially for the evening meal.

C’est la vie …..

Submitted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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  • Patricia Grantham (8/27/2013 8:02:00 AM)

    C'est la Vie I believe that is French for it is good, please correct me if I am
    wrong Val. I studied French in High School. I particularly love this poem
    because it says that life will not always be a cup of tea. The cup of tea
    is most enjoyable when it is fresh and piping hot and savored with each sip.
    After awhile when cup empties there maybe a residue that doesn't look to
    appealing at the bottom of the cup. Make the best of it no matter how it looks.
    An inspiring write. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/21/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    Very Interesting poem.. Either life change our taste or we change our taste. Captured very well. loved it... (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (8/12/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    This piece sounds a bit different than what you have done before, still i can feel your words around..so good to try something new_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/12/2013 12:03:00 AM)

    We have drunk from the pot of life to our fill and what remains now is the residuum! But still can't we fill it again, though not to the the brim, but at least to a quarter? Short and succinct! ! (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (8/11/2013 7:50:00 PM)

    Culinary marvel, the originality of the message is clear and poignant. The poetic vision strong and lasting.
    Une petit merveille, mais tres complete.
    C'est la Vie
    It sure pleased me! ! !
    Magic's in the air (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/11/2013 7:12:00 PM)

    Slick lines. Later life is flavoured with artificial sweetener rather than sugar. Never mind, keep cooking! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (8/11/2013 1:48:00 PM)

    Dessert maybe could be a little optimism pie. Loved this poem and its edginess BB : O) (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/11/2013 7:37:00 AM)

    A great poem, I have a saying, I've had some good cherries in my
    bowl in my life, now I want some cream to go on top. A good life poem. (Report) Reply

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