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Fragmented Memories

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jwesley
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since 04-30-2000
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Spring, Texas


0 posted 09-12-2017 09:58 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jwesley


Fragmented Memories

I donít have a craving
to return to my youth,
but I would like to go back
and smell the rich, black, gumbo dirt
as I smelled it growing up.
Iíd like to hear the robins in winter
when I was knee-deep in swamp water,
oblivious of the cold,
have a Killdeer walk up
to within inches of my face as I lay
in a depression in the ground.
Iíd like to feel my heart as I did
the first time I fell in love,
my pulse race with the first kiss I ever had,
feel my grandmother hug me again,
my brother call me me-me one more time,
and all the other things
that are fragmented memories now,
things the years have taken away,
things I forgot to hold dear,
that I didnít know Iíd need, again.
I donít have a craving
to return to my youth . . .
I just want to smell those things,
hear, feel and touch in depth again,
the life . . .
that Iíve lived.

© wesley james beard, jr.



© Copyright 2017 Wesley James Beard, Jr. - All Rights Reserved
Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
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In The Mirror


1 posted 09-12-2017 10:46 PM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

Where I came up it was dead end streets and rock-strewn alleys. This was before the advent of plastic trash bags. The "men of iron" would heave canfuls of loose trash (organic & inorganic) into the back of their truck and a million flies would follow.

A scent to remember? Oh yes, and then there was Mrs. Stride, "the painted widow" whose old perfumes wafted clear across 'Bailey's lot' where all the 'missing neighbors were buried. A cadaver dog's delight!

Some "memories" that haven't yet "fragmented" and I doubt they (and myriad others) ever will.

Enjoyed the read Jimmy. It did its job well.


BTS  

...just bein' Bluesy

JamesMichael
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since 11-16-1999
Posts 33707
Kapolei, Hawaii, USA


2 posted 09-13-2017 01:41 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

We all want to relive or embrace precious memories...james
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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since 10-10-2009
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3 posted 09-13-2017 07:43 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Jimmy I love the way you can bring the texture of things to life with your words. You not so gently nudge our memories to the forefront where, good bad or indifferent, we can't help but relive them again. Bless your heart! ~L
jwesley
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Spring, Texas


4 posted 09-13-2017 09:02 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Thank you BluesyS, James and Lori, for your words. I was in sort of a "funk" when I wrote that piece. Not depressive, I'm never that, but after hearing that an old friend I was looking to contact, had died . . . and I didn't even know it . . ., it was more a melancholic state where I really wanted to touch my past and see, again, in retrospect, the things that brought me to where I am today. Much of that past comes back when searched, but also, much of it is fuzzy enough that one has to question one's self as to its accuracy.

Appreciate your comments, my friends. . .

j.
JerryPat2
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I have my memories, as do we all, good or bad, we have our memories. I enjoyed this, Jimmy. Sorry about your friend.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
Poet In Pink
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since 05-18-2017
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Such a wonderful poem Jimmy   I agree with you, it would be nice to go back and experience certain things again ~ Thank you for sharing this & Sorry to hear about your friend.  Alana
2islander2
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since 03-12-2008
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by the sea


7 posted 09-20-2017 11:05 AM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

wonderful jwesley, we all seek for memories , specially from youth, i always tell it was better before, simply for a good reason, we were young


yann
Marchmadness
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8 posted 10-04-2017 04:09 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

I can so relate to this, Jimmy. Very well done.
latearrival
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Florida


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thanks,Jwesley, I knew if I came here you would have something for me to remember. At my age, I seem to keep remembering all my women friends who have already passed on. Age is nothing to me but I miss those wonderful women from whom l learned so much.
\ best to you, jo /latearrival
LeeJ
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10 posted 10-12-2017 09:44 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

there are so many things and people who actually made a great impression with positive influence on our youth....totally get this...thank you for writing.
s1nfully_1nn0c3nt
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This is beautiful ❤️ Ahhh...Iím kind of homesick now, but thatís what good writing does- it makes you feel. Enjoyed.

-Trina
...because the most powerful words in your life are "I might be wrong"...

 
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