Six Characters to a Page

i.
Acrobat by trade,
she tumbled her way
through the three-ringed circus
everyone else called life.

ii.
She was not a cook,
the Cuisinart soufflé pan
Calphalon pots and
ten-speed blender,
simply signs of her optimistic soul.

iii.
Potter by trade
she worked the wheel.
Hands wet, shaping clay –
wishing her life was as easy to mold. 

iv.
He lives his life as a barnacle would,
clinging tenaciously to faith
in an eroding world.

v.
Architect by trade
he drew blueprints for his life.
Meticulous plans.
Until she walked in one sultry night,
right angles upset by curves.

vi.
Waste not, want not.
She’d heard that all her life,
lived by it too.
Christmas wreath upon her head,
ready for the Easter parade.

Written for dVerse, Open Link Night.

31 thoughts on “Six Characters to a Page

  1. Lucy January 21, 2021 / 4:18 pm

    Very well-written!

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  2. sanaarizvi January 21, 2021 / 5:20 pm

    I so enjoyed this, Lillian 😀 gems each and every one of them. Especially; “Architect by trade
    he drew blueprints for his life. Meticulous plans. Until she walked in one sultry night, right angles upset by curves.” 💝💝

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:44 pm

      I always have fun writing these!

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  3. Ron. January 21, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    Stellar nuggets. I like #5 best, but loved hearing you read them all earlier, live, Thanks, Lillian!

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:44 pm

      That’s the one that draws the most smiles I think.

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  4. Ken / rivrvlogr January 21, 2021 / 6:17 pm

    All of these are so colorful. My favorite is the second. I enjoyed your reading at the LIVE session, Lillian.

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:46 pm

      Hah! I always chuckle when I see young men and women in places like Willaim Sonoma or kitchen shops or departments stores, going around noting their choices for wedding gifts….marking down so many pots and pans and appliances. I always wonder, will they really use them? Or, like so many, will they simply be too busy to cook?

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  5. Beverly Crawford January 21, 2021 / 7:23 pm

    ….and so they lived side by side, the potter and the putterer. The characters are beautifully drawn, and the poem delightful,.

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:46 pm

      Thank you, Beverly. So glad you enjoyed!

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  6. Nancy Jahnke January 21, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    So interesting! Could these be just one with a multiple personality disorder? Complex …

    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. Helen Dehner January 21, 2021 / 7:34 pm

    Put me down for #6! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you read this afternoon.

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:47 pm

      Oh I’d love to see you with a Christmas wreath on your head, Helen! Would it have battery operated lights? Clear or those LED neon colors? 🙂

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  8. rothpoetry January 21, 2021 / 8:16 pm

    The place where two universes collided! Love it. It was great to see you today and hear you read.
    I love this image…
    Hands wet, shaping clay –
    wishing her life was as easy to mold.

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:48 pm

      Thank you! So sorry I was so late. I will mark the next LIVE better on my calendar. The problem is, there is so little on my calendar these days because of covid and rejuvenatement (never say retirement) that I forget to look at it!

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      • rothpoetry January 26, 2021 / 7:13 pm

        I was late as well. I came home from my volunteer work early!

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  9. Ingrid January 22, 2021 / 2:40 am

    I loved hearing you read this, Lillian – it was so uplifting and entertaining. I am definitely number 2! Great that you brought in Dora at the end 🙂

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Ingrid. So sorry I was late. I had it on my calendar but these days of Covid, I rarely look at the calendar because there’s so little on it! 🙂

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      • Ingrid January 26, 2021 / 2:50 pm

        Oh don’t worry, no need to reply – I did enjoy the poem very much!

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  10. ben Alexander January 22, 2021 / 2:50 am

    I loved every stanza. This was my favorite because I’m a bit of a barnacle myself:

    He lives his life as a barnacle would,
    clinging tenaciously to faith
    in an eroding world.

    Yours,
    David

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, David. I actually wrote that one when we were on Cape Cod several years ago (we go every year for 2 weeks) – right after we took a dunes tour through the National Sea Shore and saw many of the “shacks” where writers hibernate. 🙂

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  11. hypercryptical January 22, 2021 / 9:10 am

    Love these little gems Lillian – they all made me smile.
    Anna :o]

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:50 pm

      Always happy to hand out smiles!

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  12. kim881 January 23, 2021 / 4:12 am

    Apologies for reading and commenting late, but after the live OLN, I was so tired, and we had the electrician in yesterday to sort out the heating – there is still none in the study or dining room! I loved your reading, Lill, and the concept of these little cameos you’ve been collecting. My favourites are number 1 and number 5!

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:53 pm

      So sorry I was late to live. I had it in my calendar but — there’s so little on my calendar during these Covid days that often I don’t look at it! And yet…..where does the time go when I have nothing pressing? I’m catching up on reading today as well…..will share hosting duties with Sarah tonight so figured I’d just make a day of dVerse!

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  13. merrildsmith January 25, 2021 / 12:59 pm

    I enjoyed these little character portraits–and I enjoyed hearing you read them.

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    • lillian January 26, 2021 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you, Merril. I think I’ll shock everyone next time at dVerse LIVE and read a non-character poem! 🙂

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      • merrildsmith January 26, 2021 / 3:01 pm

        Whatever you read will be delightful, I’m sure. 😀

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