Touch: The Journal of Healing


White Lilacs

By Edouard Manet

    by Alarie Tennille

There is still life

to be lived

within a bed

and four walls

as long as a nose

can smell lilacs

and a hand can raise

long enough to offer

them to us.

© 2009 Alarie Tennille

Alarie Tennille serves on the Board of Directors of The Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Poetry East, ByLine Magazine, English Journal, Coal City Review, and The Mid-America Poetry Review.


Lilacs in a Vase © 1882 Oil on canvas By Edouard Manet

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