Carpe Diem

Odilon Redon, Dante and Beatrice

Carpe Diem

How is the sky blue
when the world is grey-shrouded,

where sunflowers drip with blood,
and parades are strewn-confetti-terror?

Today, the sun and clouds are a lemon meringue pie.
Celebrate with me. Make memories of bird-dawns and moon-songs,
wine-kisses and laughter. We’ll ignore tomorrow.

A poem for dVerse. I’m hosting Quadrille Monday. The prompt word is celebrate, as we’re celebrating the 11th anniversary of dVerse this week.

80 thoughts on “Carpe Diem

  1. This is incredibly poignant, Merril! Yes, the world is still full of wonder despite everything that is taking place around us. ❤️❤️

  2. That third and final stanza is moving. Love the pie imagery and specially this one:

    Make memories of bird-dawns and moon-songs,
    wine-kisses and laughter.

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for being part of dVerse.

  3. I’m with everyone else, loving the “bird-dawns, moonsongs,” etc. Awesome work, though I need to know: what is this “tomorrow” of which thou speaketh?
    Fine write Merril & THANKS for hosting!

  4. This is beautiful and provides the necessary encouragement to celebrate the day before us. Sending these words back to you,
    “Make memories of bird-dawns and moon-songs,
    wine-kisses and laughter. We’ll ignore tomorrow.”

  5. I guess both of us went with the same idea of celebrating today but your “the sun and clouds are a lemon meringue pie” and
    “bird-dawns and moon-songs,
    wine-kisses and laughter” make it so gorgeous! Love it, Merril. 💙

  6. That’s how it has been these couple of years, you nailed it right Merril!. Yes, forget what can happen forthwith. It is the now that matters right now. Thanks for hosting, Ma’am!

    Hank

  7. I enjoyed your assortmentm.j mm of figures of speech imm6ensely. When I hit the wine-kisses I burst into laughter myself. The my mindo restkk6ed on an a

  8. Merrill, I enjoyed your assortment of figures of speech immensely. When I hit the wine-kisses I burst into laughter myself. The my mind rested on an Ovation Nerwork rerun of an early PBS Doc Marten TV program. The Doc got plastered after not much wine and actually kissed his way later on wife to be. And,… I learned a new piece for my vocabulary, “wine-kiss”.
    ..

  9. You don’t hide the crises, but you go beyond them and draw us with you, and celebrate in the present moment. If we did that I guess tomorrow would never feature strongly.

  10. Well that’s it, in a nutshell, isn’t it….really is…confetti and dictatorships go too well, and sunflowers dripping blood is so poignant, and deeper than the words suggest….Your verse closes with lovely warmth, even though the storm clouds won’t go…

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