Days Before Lemonade #poetry #health


Squeezed out and fresh

lemons are such a sour fruit

and when in reference to a car

 a dud, should be given the boot

But we were speaking of health

“an apple a day”

anything to keep

the doctor away

“At 20 I was a lemon”

she said

“I turned yellow at 30”

my reply

we joked about”it”

until tears came to our eyes

“I never expected

to be a ripe and  80

a waver in her voice”

 “gladly, we are still running”

“6 feet under

was my other choice”

 “cars and bodies are not meant to merge”

I smiled

“have another glass of lemonade”

“oh no, I couldn’t splurge”


I met a beautiful young woman years ago; we spent the morning talking about being “lemons” or broken down in our prime. I was grateful for my decision to take the daily pain (and look for natural methods) rather than take drugs for relief. This sweet lady was on $2000 a month of narcotics to alleviate the pain caused by a life changing auto accident. Health is so often taken for granted until we lose it.

Today’s prompt at Poet’s United Midweek Motif “Health.”

Thousandth Teardrop is an archived poem about pain

poets united

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Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. I always teased my husband for the lemon color car he bought, which proved to be one until he got rid of it, I know your poem is different and sounds way better than the car we had.
    Thank you your poem made my day.


  2. Managing chronic pain without synthetic drugs is advisable. I had this conversation with a doctor a couple of days ago. He says most people would rather have a quick pain alleviating fix than actually focussing on other methods. I like the subjects of your poems. They are topical and interesting.


  3. It is good you could laugh together about it. A horrifying bill for her medication. Yikes. I know a man my age whose life-saving medication costs the equivalent of his monthly income, what a terrible spot to be in.


  4. Sorry to hear about your lady friend. Taking medication just to get by each day musn’t be easy at all – you’ve to watch out for yourself every moment of the day. Lovely poem, Leslie. I love lemons, always like turning them into lemonade 🙂


  5. Sad tale for that young woman. Occasionally man-made drugs are necessary, at least temporarily, but lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on one’s health. Sadly, the average is not able and/or is not willing to consider such changes.

    Well written poem.


  6. It is clever take on the prompt! I am all for natural help with no doctor, but sometimes or at the beginning the problem like you wrote about here, the drugs – must. Here also I feel deeper layer behind the accident….meaning the message to slow down, don’t try to embrace things bigger than you, don’t get overwhelmed…. ~ Thanks.


    1. yes its a complicated issue. And I agree that there are times you need medicine just to get to the next point (like exercise.) I feel bad for people who need medicine just to get out of bed every morning what an added burden…


  7. I hope your pain has subsided with natural remedies. Enjoyed the dialogue in your poem. I can relate to not appreciating one’s health ’til its lost.


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