Honey and Clover

She achieves at seventeen

What I still cannot at thirty

Worse, I was slow to discover

The very lack of genius in my stars

Now, spring means crying over

Another cup of honey and clover



Elizabeth Cook, 2015

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Poem based on the show


9 thoughts on “Honey and Clover

  1. I enjoy you writing style, but I’m normally clueless on your inspiration, You appear to draw from modern mythology, such as anime in this instance and a game in the last post, rather than root mythologies. Thanks for the link to the show, your inspiration for this one; I rather not be totally clueless.

  2. Love the melancholy tone of this. I know the feeling well.
    Life gets in the way of what we want to do–what we want to be.
    Am I reading too much into this or is there a wistful hopefulness in this? Or perhaps a resolution to the adult (oh-so-adult) act of simple hard work to achieve what we wish?
    Any way you melt it down, it’s a tasty sentiment to me.

    My, but you’ve been busy lately….I’ve got some catching up to do!

    1. Wistful is a good way of putting it – even if someone else seems so much more talented, one probably still hopes to improve oneself. But sometimes we can’t be what we want to be, sometimes hard work doesn’t get you there. Luck and vision interfere. Younger competitors do what you wish you could. I wrote this after watching a show about art students (which was called Honey and Clover), and one or two of the students were always outdoing the others, despite everyone trying hard! Anyway, thanks for reading 🙂

      – Lily

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