Candy Apple Red

There she goes
bumping down the road
wrapped in candy apple red

Silverado short bed
windows down, music up
blond lift held with Aqua Net

Nice truck!
more than one said
not talking wheels, I suspect

She complements
her spring birth month
bull strength and stubbornness

She’s no bull
in a china shop though
with finer things she takes care

She can use
her superhuman fortitude
to move mountains, should she choose

A strawberry blond
with sky-colored eyes
washing away freckles, she did try

Raised on a farm
in the American South
teased by kin, odd one out

One of seven girls
plus three boys, made ten
beauty and laughter their defense

She outgrew red
but the fire never left
if crossed, she’ll make you regret

A shared birthday
she and her first born
his girl makes it a tri-celebration

Talented hands
that once picked cotton
can make anything…

     a cake,
       a dress,
         costumes that impress,
           a baby sleep,
             a genealogy tree,
               a house if need be

Shy and timid once lived
under an attractive, but tough shell
life forced her to speak up and sometimes yell

A dogged determination
she will get it done on her own terms
even if the doing takes the rest of her days

Under hair now flecked with grey
lives the fiery spirit of the strawberry blond bouffant
bumping down the road in her candy apple red Chevrolet

For my mom.
Happy Mother’s Day

A poetic honoring written for my strong mom and for all women who keep moving forward through life’s storms. 💪🏻 Once-upon-a-time, my mom was a Chevy truck driving, cowgirl hat wearing woman. My music selection celebrates that fiery country memory. 🤠 Enjoy! 🎶 Yeehaw!! 😁 Giddy-up! 🐴

I want to extend a thank you to Ingrid, at Experiments in Fiction for her recent and generous review of our Being a Woman collections. If you are not yet following her site, be sure to visit. In addition to her creative and articulate poetry, she posts recipes, reflective essays, creative fantasy pieces, and photos from gorgeous Slovenia. 😍 She is also a passionate champion of protecting our earth and she pours that passion and commitment into her poetry.💚

Thank you for visiting and reading. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead. Be well. 💗 Michele

Being a Woman Poetry Collections available through Amazon.

Photo 1: pexels Photo 2: my mom and me

© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

90 thoughts on “Candy Apple Red

  1. A beautiful poetic expression of a strong, resourceful and loving mother determined to move forward on her own terms, raising a lovely and talented daughter 🙏💖 Wishing for you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend, dear Michele 🌞🌹

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    1. Thank you, Ananda. Very kind of you to mention. 🙏🏻 She is definitely a model of strength and determination. Thanks about the photo. Old photos can be sweet and make us laugh. This one does that for me. The hair, the solemn tone, what am I looking at? They are fun though! 😆

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    1. Although my childhood was full of country songs, it is not my go-to sound, so it took some searching for a fitting tune. I am glad you like it. It does make me smile, for many reasons. 😁 Truck yeah! 🔥 Thank you for the thoughtful comments. 🙏🏻😊 🌻

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  2. What a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to your mother Michele. It sounds like you captured her personality and “feistiness” perfectly! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend my friend! 😍🙏🏼🥂👒💋💄💍💎💐

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    1. A fiery feistiness that I would not want to set fire the day before Mother’s Day. 😆 Thank you, Kym. You are a gracious and dear writing friend. I hope your Sunday brings you sunshine and pleasant surprises. 🌞 💐

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      1. LOL! 🤣 My mother was a short, quiet, loving, and feisty woman too Michele. I wish she were here today, but her memory lives on. 🤗 Have an amazing day yourself and enjoy your time with your beautiful mother (even if it is virtual).

        Hugs and smooches! 💓👩🏼‍🦰🎈💋🤗💐

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      2. Your mom sounds amazing, like you. Her memory lives on through you and family. 💓 We are not our moms, but no doubt we inherited some of their fierce feistiness. 🔥 Thank you and big hug and smooch back to you. 🤗💋💪🏻🤠🎶😁

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    1. Hope it was a soft landing! 😆 She is definitely real and an interesting character to poetically define. Thank you, Sandra! A great class last week. I look forward to working with this group. 💻 ✍🏻 😀


    1. You are so charming, Annabel. 🥰 It was a fun write, so thank you very much. A little country, a little bull, a little fire, a little horsepower, a lot of fortitude and Aqua Net. 😄 Take care dear. 💖

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      1. 😄🤪you are so funny and make me laugh! I actually didn’t know what Aque Net was and Google said’ a popular American hair spray’😂
        I loved the mother-daughter picture anyway💕💕send lots of love🥰

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      2. Annabel, that is so funny that you told me that about Aqua Net. After I wrote that to you, I thought… I wonder if she knows what that is. 😂 I should add footnotes for the younger readers. 😆 Thank you. 😊 I feel your love and sending some back to you. 💖

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      3. 🥰haha, you were very intuitive to wonder that! Aqua Net really got me laugh quite a bit after knowing what it was😂😄
        And Happy Mother’s Day, dear Michele!!💕

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  3. 🍎 wow! Your mum sounds amazing! So much fun, I could just picture her, bumping down the road in her truck! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day ❤️ it’s not celebrated here on this date, but we’re planning some family fun anyway 🤗 thanks for the shout out 🙏

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    1. Thank you, Ingrid. The poem, “Vintage Strength,” in the Forthcoming collection, was inspired by my mum (love that). Hers is a strength that is best to not cross, but she is a determined one who has made it through many storms. That truck… oh those memories. 😆 Hope you had/are having a wonderful day with your family and you are most welcome for the shout out. Thank YOU for the thoughtful review. I am forever grateful. 💐

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    1. Thank you so much for saying, David. 😊 Like many parent/child relationships, my mom and I have had our challenges, but I sure have learned how strong and independent women can be, through her determination and perseverance. 💪🏻 💓 I am so glad to have taught you a new word. 😆 Funny, I just wrote to Annabel, in this same thread, that I should put descriptions for younger readers. 😂 She had to look up Aqua Net (hair spray).

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    1. Very kind of you to say, Diana. The photo makes me laugh. 😄 Old photos are sweet and can be funny. Next, I will be sharing my big hair 80s photos. 😂 Thank you, I hope you had a relaxing weekend.


  5. A beautiful tribrute, written with a touch of humor and an admiration that is pure. You, my poetess have a jolly spirit and it jumps out and grabs me.

    As well, now I can see where your beauty comes from. Wonderful… Happy Be-lated Mothers Day, but not really, because a Mother never gets a day off, but in my heart their always appreciated.💖🤗

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    1. Thank you for your incredibly kind words and for noticing and appreciating my humor. 😁 You are right about moms never getting a day off, unless your child is grown, like mine. 😄 Have a wonderful week. 😊💐💗

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      1. haha Yes, my yearbook too! Hairstyles that took up the entire photo frame. 😂 Mine wasn’t too extreme, but it did have some poof. Yes, pretty Farrah Fawcett. I definitely sported her style. “Feathered hair” it was called. hahaha

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