Your world covers your lines

in high-powered ad campaigns

that promise forever young

in a bottle,

the fountain of youth at a cost;

but swallowing emptiness

cannot fill canyons.

In your lines,

I trace the conquest of first love,

baby bottles and funeral baking,

losses and gains

multiplied by loaves and fishes.

No serum

can replace the living

drawn in these lines –

this is no paint-by-number

out of a box,

but an original,

a hand-drawn facsimile

of you. So hang out your laundry,

put it all

on the


128 comments on “Lines

  1. Glenda Mills says:

    Oh so beautiful Melody! Is this one of your lilies?

  2. Glenda Mills says:

    Or maybe a pansy?

  3. lylekrahn says:

    Every year seems to be another reminder of those lines. A song I enjoy describes the aging process as the colour of your boots keeps fading.

  4. Caddo-Jael says:

    “Swallowing emptiness”–wow, I did that for decades (yet stayed thin–emptiness, zero calories); now I’m fattening up (who cares?) on the GOOD Stuff. Have a great Wednesday, Mel–love, sis Caddo

  5. Heidi Viars says:

    I thinking you’re not doing so well… praying for you…

  6. Robert Rife says:

    I swear you’re just getting better with this stuff all the time. Nice job.

  7. Melody, I love the lines on your pansy and in your poem. πŸ™‚

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  8. Seb says:

    That’s just grand! well done πŸ™‚

  9. Love the “swallowing emptiness cannot fill canyons”. Appreciate the insights!

  10. Amber says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. RoSy says:

    Beautiful flower face!
    I will take all the lines that I get & thank God for each day & year given to me. For I know – not all have the chance to see the lines.

    • melodylowes says:

      Rosy, I could hug you right now for those words. We grieve for the loss of another young man in our small community who will not have the chance to have those lines on his face – and I know well that you understand that kind of grief. Your wisdom comes from living in those difficult moments, and rising above them!

  12. DNamto says:

    swallowing emptiness cannot fill canyons… very deep

  13. Love the flower… what kind is it? You probably know this…. You’ve written a beautiful poem.

  14. so real….so true….it brings as many smiles as it does the memories of the hurts….awesome work…congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  15. The Rider says:

    Beautiful photo and inspiring writing, thanks for this!

  16. ProSona says:

    I am out of words

  17. Love it! “No serum can replace the living drawn in these lines “…very nice photography as well

  18. segmation says:

    What a beautiful combination of lines and colors! I think this would make an awesome paint by number as well. What do you think?

  19. lisa5477 says:

    Oh! I love this!!!!

  20. I enjoyed your poem. Please go to my site and read some of mine sometime. Connie

  21. jensine says:

    lovely really enjoyed this, so clever and beautiful

  22. You’ve captivated the essence of a shallow society. Sorry I’ve been away so long, been ill. Grateful to be back reading and drinking you!

  23. pezcita says:

    I still think deep purple lines look much better on pansies than on the backs of my knees 😦

  24. EveryStoryHasASilverLining says:

    What a thoughtful, beautiful poem! I especially loved the line “but swallowing emptiness cannot fill canyons”, very powerful.

  25. I enjoyed your very insightful poem, thanks !

  26. Hi Melody. Your poem is wonderful and I love the photo of the pansies and lillies. Is it a photo montage?

  27. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed! xo

  28. well written πŸ™‚

  29. Really great post!

  30. Christina Heald says:


  31. Sahm King says:

    Reblogged this on The Arkside of Thought | Poetry, Politics, Philosophy, Life and commented:
    Lines… Check it out, people.

  32. Such beautiful thoughts!

  33. Sharmishtha says:

    your poem is amazing!

  34. francesclarke07 says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful!

  35. Congrats, we’ll done. Your recognition is well deserved.

  36. queenlorene says:

    It’s about time you got Freshly Pressed….although there are so many I don’t know how they chose!

  37. Inspirational words, Melody. Thank you. I especially love the last line investing the β€˜ordinary’ activity of hanging out the laundry with multiple layers of meaning. Nice! Have you come across Leonard Cohen’s song β€˜Anthem,’ with the chorus line’ . . . there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’? Beauty and perfection in our imperfections? Best wishes!

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I just wrote a poem called ‘Cracks’ exploring more of this idea of imperfections being what creates potential for all things wonderful – not knowing Cohen’s words were so close to my own. Hmmm – I guess I’m not very original, after all… πŸ™‚

      • Awww. Shucks! Often the way. Hey, doesn’t detract from the truth and meaning of the words, though – and we all have our own take on these things. I assume you’ll be posting ‘Cracks’ (or have already done so). Look forward to reading it! Oh, and congratulations on your Freshly Pressed recognition! Well deserved! πŸ™‚

      • melodylowes says:

        Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  38. Thank you for posting this poem which I really enjoyed! Much better than my reflections on loaves and fishes that I gave on Corpus Christi! This summer my community Of Benedictine sisters) is talking about “transformative aging”. I would love to share your poem Lines with them.

    • melodylowes says:

      I’m very honoured, Virginia. I would love it if you would share my thoughts with your sisters. Our culture does not value or respect (or accept!) the aging process the way I feel it should be…

  39. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful…simply beautiful.

  40. You know I’m always a bit behind in my reading πŸ™‚ … congrats on being freshly pressed, Melody!

  41. h2b24seven says:

    Poetic beauty meets poetic genius! Such beautiful writing Melody; I feel very inspired, thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  42. blmaluso says:

    So very beautiful and touching. Thank you!!!!

  43. I can’t believe you just made me feel good about my wrinkles!

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