Valerie Dohren

Silver Star - 3,076 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

C'est la Vie

Had my fill
of the almost empty pot –

the residuum is tasteless,

and the staff of life
dried and moulded a long time ago
leaving me hungry.

Still, there remains a generous dollop
of cynicism on my plate

which suits my palate
especially for the evening meal.

C’est la vie …..

Submitted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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  • Bronze Star - 2,851 Points Patricia Grantham (8/27/2013 8:02:00 AM)

    C'est la Vie I believe that is French for it is good, please correct me if I am
    wrong Val. I studied French in High School. I particularly love this poem
    because it says that life will not always be a cup of tea. The cup of tea
    is most enjoyable when it is fresh and piping hot and savored with each sip.
    After awhile when cup empties there maybe a residue that doesn't look to
    appealing at the bottom of the cup. Make the best of it no matter how it looks.
    An inspiring write. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,738 Points Smoky Hoss (8/22/2013 7:48:00 AM)

    You speak wisely few words, for the many; very well done! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,536 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/21/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    Very Interesting poem.. Either life change our taste or we change our taste. Captured very well. loved it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 516 Points Juan Olivarez (8/19/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    Wow. Very interesting. A little cynicism maybe? Very apropos. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 35 Points Lucifera Santez (8/14/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    fabulous, you are a genius val.
    :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Len Webster (8/13/2013 4:26:00 PM)

    Neatly done. You capture the mood well. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (8/13/2013 11:00:00 AM)

    life throws us many curves, accepting is the challenge good write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 208 Points R.j. Wynn (8/13/2013 12:18:00 AM)

    Very entertaining and full of stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,261 Points Neela Nath (8/12/2013 9:16:00 PM)

    Life teaches us bitterness.A different taste and really nice. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,060 Points Unwritten Soul (8/12/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    This piece sounds a bit different than what you have done before, still i can feel your words good to try something new_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,667 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/12/2013 6:06:00 AM)

    What remains on the plate is acceptable in whatever state it is. Life is like that. Nicely put. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 267 Points David Wood (8/12/2013 6:05:00 AM)

    A large dollop of good imagery here Val drinking from the pool of life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 603 Points Shahzia Batool (8/12/2013 2:51:00 AM)

    Justice is done to the paraphernalia of imagery used here...essentially a human poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 415 Points Yasmeen Khan (8/12/2013 1:59:00 AM)

    Your blithe spirits finds savour of life, an enjoyable write (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,180 Points Valsa George (8/12/2013 12:03:00 AM)

    We have drunk from the pot of life to our fill and what remains now is the residuum! But still can't we fill it again, though not to the the brim, but at least to a quarter? Short and succinct! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,243 Points Sandra Feldman (8/11/2013 7:50:00 PM)

    Culinary marvel, the originality of the message is clear and poignant. The poetic vision strong and lasting.
    Une petit merveille, mais tres complete.
    C'est la Vie
    It sure pleased me! ! !
    Magic's in the air (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,112 Points Diane Hine (8/11/2013 7:12:00 PM)

    Slick lines. Later life is flavoured with artificial sweetener rather than sugar. Never mind, keep cooking! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 652 Points Paul Brookes (8/11/2013 1:48:00 PM)

    Dessert maybe could be a little optimism pie. Loved this poem and its edginess BB : O) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 33 Points Mark Dillon (8/11/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    Hi Val. another great one, I like the humour, don't forget desert. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,520 Points Dave Walker (8/11/2013 7:37:00 AM)

    A great poem, I have a saying, I've had some good cherries in my
    bowl in my life, now I want some cream to go on top. A good life poem. (Report) Reply

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