Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

! ! St Andrews Market

It was six o'clock when I dropped them off -
cheeks flushed,
eyes sparkling,
hair freshly laundered.
'Home Made Sponge Cakes for Sale! '

Merry and Rosy -
best of friends
in their best dresses
and their bare feet
dreaming of customers.

And six hours later
when I came to pick them up,
the six cakes
sat untouched
on the old card table.

We threw the sign in the bin
and drove home in silence.
And the following year
when Rosy died in the fire,
I remembered that day.

Submitted: Saturday, October 03, 2009
Edited: Sunday, October 04, 2009

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  • Patrick A. Martin (10/16/2009 7:02:00 AM)

    The importance of life is our togetherness and how beautifully you have expressed that here Thank you Allie. 10 (Report) Reply

  • Nimal Dunuhinga (10/13/2009 8:32:00 PM)

    The Marketplace Alison turns into an interesting event of the ordinary life.
    A very few has such knacks in poetry? (Report) Reply

  • Sonya Florentino (10/11/2009 8:55:00 AM)

    i don't know why I'm thinking Rosy and Merry are not real poeple... or maybe they doens''t really matter....a very powerful poem Allie in its sadness....! (Report) Reply

  • T McH (10/10/2009 3:08:00 AM)

    You speak of cake in this piece too! :) - not funny. Heart-acheingly memorable Allie.
    If anyone deserves to have their cake and eat it, you do..... t x (Report) Reply

  • Shashendra Amalshan (10/8/2009 1:18:00 PM)

    Hi Allie..

    Hey this may not be the greatest poem to cheer up my dull gloomy mode, Yet I loved your moving lines.. Your poems can touch many hearts. Very well crafted indeed.. Always love the originality in your works..10++

    By the way, how do you send hearts through key board? ? ? I dont know..,
    But with lots of hearts! !

    Shan (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (10/5/2009 2:24:00 PM)

    A deeply moving piece Alison, beautifully crafted as always by your very gifted hand. Love, Andrew xx (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/4/2009 8:09:00 AM)

    You create something of beauty and significance
    from the events of ordinary life.This is one of your greatest gifts.
    Goodness and mercy should have followed Rosy and Merry
    all the days of their lives. You make me wish I had been
    there to buy at least two of those sponge cakes.

    Warm wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (10/4/2009 3:53:00 AM)

    Allie, a remarkable sculpture in words of the life that surrounds us. The sadness well captured within this beautiful piece. I could visualize the scene so easily in my mind as I read through your lines. Another exquisite gem to your collection. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
    Hugs David (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/3/2009 9:27:00 PM)

    Grief is dealt with in myriad ways...This sadly beautiful tale is yet another exhibit as to what you have literally & literarilly mastered, Allie....Everyday life captured with real-life ambiance, real-life poignance, and extraordinary co-ordination of all the forementioned! Very nicely done, lass!

    F j R
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