Kitchen table gossip

by Dixiedaisy   Oct 30, 2015

Freshly brewed coffee beans
wafts upon ribbons of autumn,
drenching the morning
with memories of momma,

Vintage creamer cow paired
with matching sugar dish,
serve as centerpieces
for table and for gossip
long before computers would

Eight fifteen a.m. every weekday
like clockwork
the brown sedan arrives
parking under the pine tree

Screen door springs creak
entrance is made
of a frail woman
whom seats her self
and immediately lights a cigarette

As every day before,
it is the same when momma offers her milk,
she places her aging hand over cup
I like my coffee like my men,
Strong and Black,
Laughter erupts from the kitchen
and travels to my room

Longing to know what women know
I tiptoe, one foot in front of the other
past the hallway to crouch beside the buffet
listening intently to grown up gossip

©Melinda Kay Carpenter 10/30/2015

*This is the first poem that I have written in 3 1/2 years. I realize it's a little rough, I am trying to get back in the swing of things. I didn't realize by hosting a contest with poetry prompts it would lead to this. I intended on writing something funny but it took on its own life, as poetry has a way of doing. Thank you for reading it.


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  • 5 years ago


    Nice work Dixiedaisy, although my comments are belated. It's good to see that you wrote more poems after this one. I look froward to reading them!

  • 6 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Judging comment

    It's so refreshing and a pleasure to have Dixiedaisy writing and posting again, this poem is beautiful!

    This poem takes the reader to the comforts of home, to the simplistic moments that at the time seam ritual but when a loved one passes on, these are the moments to be cherished and preserved, into an elegant poem such as this piece.

    Her attention to imagery and detail is wonderfully displayed within each and every stanza. I do love the classy wording she has used within this piece! Powerful and emotional poem as well. Just beautiful!!

  • 7 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Hello, Kay
    This really is a wonderful piece and entirely deserving of the win it received! Well done and all the very best,

  • 7 years ago

    by Cindy

    Congratulations on the win. This was such a wonderful poem. Took me back in time so m any wonderful memories.
    Love Cindy

  • 7 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Congratulations sweet lady, this is a beautiful piece!

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