Mango: vase

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Day 22 – 2021
Prompt:
Mangoes have become a sort of shorthand or symbol that writers use
to invoke an entire culture, country, or way of life. 
The mango is a literary device, especially in Asian literature,
to symbolise unspoken thoughts and feelings or
those which can’t be conveyed anymore.
So in this part of the world it’s a developing concept.
So I’ll take it my way.

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Mango: vase

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The vase it was
the vase on the table
the table in front of the window
with tulips
growing like she was feeding them far more
than love and attention.

First straight,
like a young child
reaching for the sun
then bending
like I’m bending now I’m growing old

and finally touching
the tablecloth
caressing the way they are
and almost like she pushed away her hair
when she was tired and sat down

The vase it was
smashed in the bin by my mother
who didn’t care
that a simple vase might be a treasure

In my mind now
it stands on my table
with weeping tulips
touching the wood
Telling me
there’s also a table cloth she touched
and you didn’t care for.

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Syl©2021

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