Friday, May 29, 2015

Small Town Fantasies--By Suzanne Delaney--United States

Small Town Fantasies

It makes a heart glad to know, there are still small
country towns like Woodford, where homes with large, old trees sit
scattered between small shops and local businesses,

To think - the spirit of Elvis exists in a greengrocers’
called “Grapelands”-‘Elvis Parsley’ swiveling his hips
amongst the carrots and parsnips, imitating “Blue Suede Shoes.”
I select a punnet of strawberries, as a smile slips out
at the absurdity of how some can live out their fantasies
“Blue blue “…you can do anything

I cross the street to check out a “Second-hand” furniture store.
It is closed so I peer in the window -A group of old, store mannequins
pique my interest, draped in 50’s fashions.
It seems like a time warp as there are no opening hours posted on the door
I wonder if the mannequins are an eccentric collection,
or if they were for sale, which one I would buy? The one with the eyes demurely cast 

down or the arm-less one, looking enviously past her.

Back on the street I inhale sun-warmed earth as I walk past a garden’s bright picket fence.
A shiny black crow flaps up, startled. Suddenly I smell, what the scent of home
is like for somebody else.

Suzanne Delaney is a retired Registered Nurse. A resident of Hawaii, USA she was born in Tasmania. She now has time to pursue her passion for writing poetry, creating collages and for traveling.


  1. I loved your piece Suzanne, very creative and fun. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautifully written, Suzanne! I am also very much moved by empty old red barns and deserted old windmills. There is something so stirring and heartfelt about empty fields of overgrown brush and weeds and how ironically the wind blows and tosses them around in a ghostly fashion. Beautiful words, my friend. Sheri

    1. Where I live there are old abandoned windmills within fields of high grass. Their beauty is astounding. You would like it here.

  3. I really enjoyed your creative gem here. You have painted a grandiose piece and I loved reading it this morning.

  4. This poem is so special Suz. It took me on a journey I was sad to see end. I hope you will share this with PFT too. I loved it! Blessings and Aloha, Connie