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effjayel
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At the Crossroads of Infinity


0 posted 12-29-2007 08:00 AM       View Profile for effjayel   Email effjayel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for effjayel


I always knew one day I would
Return to the scene of my childhood
To see old friends and familiar faces
Revisit long forgotten, secret places

The air raid shelter where we had our camp
The wicket that doubled as a gas lamp
Prestons orchard where I climbed the trees
Ripping my first pair of long pants & skinning my knees

Dad's Old Wolsey in the drive
Long lost loved ones still alive
Ye Old Rope & Anchor pub I went in with my mates
The terminus bus shelter where I took my dates

Abbey's field where I had my first kiss
(Hunter's barn....Sheer bliss!)
The assembly room in my old school
The playground where I'd act the fool

Now I'm fast approaching 57
The last time I stood here
I was just turned 11

How strange it is now to see
My childhood home door closed to me
I still feel as thought the right is mine
To wander in at any time

And yet to see a stranger there
Sitting in my Father's chair
Would cause me pain, I shan't deny
Without my Mother standing by

I cannot help but feel somehow
This was once my home so still is now
Oh God how I wish I had the face
To knock and ask if by there grace

I might just for one minute be
At home once more with Mum & Dad for tea
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© Copyright 2007 John Lawrence - All Rights Reserved
Margherita
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since 02-08-2003
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Eternity


1 posted 12-29-2007 08:32 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

A beautiful, touching walk down memory lane.
There are always mixed feelings when we visit our childhood places, especially when there are no longer any familiar faces or voices to greet.

Enjoyed this greatly.

Love,
Margherita
HopeS
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since 12-22-2000
Posts 4613
Perth Western Australia


2 posted 12-29-2007 09:35 AM       View Profile for HopeS   Email HopeS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HopeS's Home Page   View IP for HopeS

Those memories are wonderful to cherish , I went back to Lancashire 4 years ago , it was my first time back for 36 years and old school friends had a surprise reunion for me

Hope
effjayel
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At the Crossroads of Infinity


3 posted 12-30-2007 08:15 PM       View Profile for effjayel   Email effjayel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for effjayel

Hope, I am happy to have opened a door in the chambers of your heart to once again peek inside. Thanks for stopping by & what a very apt name, for without Hope , we have nothing..........

Happy New Year

Cheers

John
Marchmadness
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since 09-16-2007
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So. El Monte, California


4 posted 12-30-2007 11:07 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Wonderful memories very well expressed, Effjayel.
                              Ida
LadyTom
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Very beautiful and touching. Childhood may have gone but childheart is still bumping. I know, let the young blood out!!!
Beautiful, dear John.
Aunt Tom
effjayel
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At the Crossroads of Infinity


6 posted 03-08-2008 09:26 AM       View Profile for effjayel   Email effjayel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for effjayel

Ida & Bao, thanks for the kind words...John
Earl Brinkman
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Osaka, Japan


7 posted 09-30-2010 12:27 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I believe that many people would like to return to the house where they spent their childhood but would be upset to find that the place is no longer theirs.  How bittersweet!
 
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