The Fifty Cent Tour

Sunday, February 16, 2014

mamma sally


puttanesca tickles my nose
pulls me through 
these streets, eyes closed
Mamma Sally, she knows
how to fill my bowl

daughter of the old country
pulled up her roots
for the better life, the big city
Mamma Sally, she knows
how far the red brick goes

raising up tomatoes to the sky
from her window box piazza
seven stories high
Mamma Sally, she knows
how her garden grows

olive oil, garlic, basil in harmony
hymns of joy
the blessed holy trinity
Mamma Sally, she knows
how to save my soul

© 2011-Rene


image: 
Universal Studios Lot, Instagram by sessepien ( via Magpie Tales)

21 comments:

  1. Enjoyed it. Sounds like it could be a song...

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  2. Poetry both beautiful and al dente...

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  3. very wonderful sensory poem- I can smell that tangy sauce from here!

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  4. Great rhythm and rhyme, not to mention content. Do you ever read your poetry aloud Rene? This would be fun to listen to.

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  5. This would make an excellent song lyric!

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  6. How nice! ready to be a song...Enjoyed very much.

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  7. Very evocative, Rene. Nicely done =) Indigo x

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  8. I think I would like Mama Sally, if she used olive oil, garlic, and basil. I think I am getting hungry now. (smiles)

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  9. I agree with others this has a musical feel..why do I have the need to make spaghetti sauce..creative piece of writing..

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  10. Really nice way to connect with the setting ... I can almost smell the gravy and hear her call the kids in to dinner ...

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  11. so enjoyable lines....making me hungry for more.... :)

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  12. Love how the picture reminds you of mother and cooking!

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  13. I love this. Your words and the image make for great nostalgia.

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  14. I love this poem. Mama Sally knows what's real. Great interpretation of the photo prompt. I could see her, and her window garden. Cool.

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  15. absolutely loved this! part story, part life lesson...you did wonderfully with the photo!

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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  16. You certainly have a way with words ... love this!

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  17. Window box piazza indeed! Love the lyrical quality of this one...

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  18. Some of us will be singing this all the way home! Lovely, and enjoyable magpie!

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  19. I think I might know Mamma Sally! This was delightful!

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  20. Good food, gardens and hymns! What could be better?

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