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Afternoon Tea
Janet Leahy

Come into my yard
to gather flowers.
The garden spills beyond
its frame in bloom and scent. 
Fill your arms with the sizzling
pinks and purples­­ of liatris,
lavender, astilbe, cut long stems
with unfurling buds.
Come into the drawing room,
arrange your cuttings
into the antique vase
on Renoir’s piano. 
Madame will play Chopin
at tea time, fragrances will dance,
petals will fall,
in soft applause.

© by Janet Leahy.
Used with the author’s permission.


 Janet Leahy is the author of The Storm, a collection of poems about the Iraq War, and Not My Mother’s Classroom, poems drawn from her experiences as a teacher in Milwaukee public schools. Though cooking is not her first love, she will have a poem published in a new cookbook forthcoming from The Clearing Folk School. Janet lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin and serves on the board of The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.    



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Delightful poem.
Posted 06/27/2021 01:04 AM
"Petals will fall, in soft applause" is such a great line!
Posted 04/07/2014 09:01 AM
Donna Pflueger:
I'm with Jo. Just let me know what time to be there. Beautiful and gentle poem. I am still listening to the petal's soft applause.
Posted 04/06/2014 04:04 PM
Wonderful poem Janet. I am there having tea with you.
Posted 04/06/2014 03:21 PM
Patt Clark:
My applause will be loud when this poem is added to the many fine poems you have written and published in a new collection.
Posted 04/06/2014 01:05 PM
What a beautiful image--I am with you for afternoon tea and good conversation.
Posted 04/06/2014 12:54 PM
looking forward to tea in your garden - tom
Posted 04/06/2014 11:10 AM
Nice, Janet. Can't wait for the garden to spill!
Posted 04/06/2014 10:46 AM
Just delightful, Janet. You've handled this without going over the top. I love it.
Posted 04/06/2014 09:22 AM
lovely piece, Janet, I can almost smell the fragrances...
Posted 04/06/2014 07:59 AM
Beautiful imagery from a beautiful person. Thanks, Janet.
Posted 04/06/2014 05:52 AM
An art infused scene--life should always be like this.
Posted 04/06/2014 05:34 AM
Ross Kightly:
Yeah, Chopin on Renoir's piano is much better than me on what was left after Beethoven pounded his Broadwood to pieces in an effort to hear what he had composed. I can't even play the kazoo. But I can recognise a poem that loves to please when I see one. Thank you Janet!
Posted 04/06/2014 03:21 AM
Posted 04/06/2014 01:20 AM
Alarie Tennille:
I love the idea of playing Chopin on Renoir's piano. I want to be in that room.
Posted 04/06/2014 12:45 AM
What a wonderful vision after a long winter! and those last two lines were beautiful. Congratulations on the forthcoming cookbook poem, Janet. ~~~ Doris
Posted 04/06/2014 12:21 AM
What a lovely setting with my grand piano included.
Posted 04/05/2014 11:12 PM

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