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#16 NaPoWriMo


APRIL 16 — Here’s my poem #16 for National Poetry Writing Month, composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoem: write about a smell.



Happiness is

a round lollipop

just unwrapped,

green and cool

and glassy,

its tight white stick

not yet gone limp

on a hot tongue,

its Easter grass smell

not yet planted

in the mind. For

once the green treat

is licked and smelt,

once it is memory-

firm, Youth is caught

like a bubble inside

a hardened syrup,

forever after sweet

but unattainable.



by Therese L. Broderick



About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

6 responses »

  1. Therese,
    I love this! Oh lollipops of life! As usual well done!


  2. A simple pleasure..that’s what life is all aboutand if you can still capture it you’re not so old after all. Sweet poem Therese.


  3. Theresa–You nailed it!! Nicely done.


  4. This is beautiful, love this in particular -youth caught like a bubble in a hardened syrup. What images!


  5. How to feel happy and sad at the same time, Therese! I like this, though I don’t think I ever had a green lollipop!


  6. Sweet! The idea of youth caught like a bubble….you must have gone and found a lollipop to lick. I’d forgotten about the bubbles! Great!


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