L. B. Mek

Hollow, as a Virtue


we had grapevines, four separate trunks

one for each nuclear member

and when the gloom of Winter, surrendered

we would compete, for that sweetest - title


although, when looking back

I can’t recall

their taste or appearance, on a plate


in my mind’s idyllic childhood scenes, they remain

enticingly delectable images

forever glistening

with uncorrupted expectation: waiting  


fated to remain unpicked, never manhandled

and subjected to that inevitability - of disappointment’s

ravenous grip



© L. B. Mek

July 2020


  • orchidee

    A nice write LB.

  • Suresh

    Reminds me of the grape vines I planted in my house.


    • L. B. Mek

      nice, that must be a warm memory to call upon during Winter
      thank you for taking the time to comment, Happy New Year!

    • FineB

      Hi LB,

      A captivating write.

      Keep writing ✍ and safe during these challenging times.

      • L. B. Mek

        thank you, same to you dear Poet
        Happy New Year, appreciate your encouraging words

      • Neville

        The title in brilliant ... and what follows is immediately captivating and remains so throughout ... tis one o them sure to be revisited ... Neville

        • L. B. Mek

          so glad you liked it, this is a layered write and a personal favourite
          Happy New Year my friend, stay safe

        • The Uneducated O.A.P

          Have a good New Year, thanks for the friend request. Stay safe.

          • L. B. Mek

            Happy New Year dear Poet

          • Michael Edwards

            Really held me - a great write.

            • L. B. Mek

              if you approve - it must be half decent, thanks Michael
              Happy New Year

            • Jerry Reynolds

              Loved it L.B.

              • L. B. Mek

                I'm so glad, thanks Jerry
                Happy New Year dear Poet, stay safe

              • Goldfinch60

                Very good words Mek.


                • L. B. Mek

                  thanks Andy, appreciate you taking the time to comment and show support at such a challenging time for you personally, just a small sample of the empathetic person you are my friend
                  Happy New Year, stay safe
                  'salud, mi amigo' 🍻

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