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How are you, Jenny Lou?

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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-27-99 09:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

When we were only six years old, you lived just down the street
And, though I wasn't much on girls, I thought you pretty neat.
You always had a happy smile; your hair hung down in curls.
You liked to punch and run around, not like the other girls.

When we were nine, my dad got transferred down to Cooper's Glen.
I said goodbye, not knowing I would not see you again.
I sit here now, at fifty, and your face comes into view
I wonder how you've lived your life - How are you, Jenny Lou?

Did you do well in high school? I remember you were smart.
Did you perfect that happy smile to break a million hearts?
Or were you more the shy type, one who never spoke at all
Who buried feelings strong and deep behind a concrete wall?

How often did you fall in love? Were you married? Surely so
And, if the marriage ended, did he leave - or did you go?
Did you spend nights crying hopelessly to take the pain away
Or did you find that perfect man that you're still with today?

Did you have any children? Was the childbirth smooth or hard?
Did you grow up religious...go to church and praise the Lord?
Do you still have that smile I loved when you were only six
Or are you scarred by broken dreams not even time can fix?

Did you grow to be beautiful? I remember as a child
The world seemed to be nicer each and every time you smiled.
Or did things not turn out so well for that child I once knew
And so I wonder, once again, how are you, Jenny Lou?

I know what's happened in my life - events that I've gone through,
The joys, the woes, and on it goes....the death and sickness, too.
We all have hills to conquer in our effort to survive.
Had you had strength to conquer yours? Are you even still alive?

I can't believe that, somehow, after forty years has passed
Your smiling face and bouncing curls have come to mind at last.
I wonder if you've thought of me for some brief spell or two
Recalling happy times we had - How are you, Jenny Lou?
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Nan
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1 posted 08-27-99 09:47 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

M&M - You're awesome - Have I told you that yet today??? We all have a long lost best friend like Jenny. We really should just get it together and find them - don't ya think??
Seymour Tabin
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2 posted 08-27-99 10:04 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I have hade the same thoughts and I wonder to
The only difference was her was not Jenny Lou
A great piece .
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3 posted 08-27-99 10:51 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Dear sir, I read the letter
you sent to Jenny Lou
I must reply in kind,
as hard as it is to do.
There is no longer a Jenny Lou
she passed away today
But at the end she spoke of you,
a friend with whom she’d play
She lay dying of cancer
and I held her close to me
she told me of her home,
and remembered it all you see.

Each playful jab and poke you got
was just a way she had
She loved that little boy you were
even when you were bad
She asked me to send this ribbon
that tied her golden hair
and tell you that she thought of you
at night in each small prayer
You ask a lot of questions
only one answer can I send
she was my mother, I loved her,
she was my hero to the end.

(Balladeer, all I can say is you inspired me! A gift few have!)

[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 08-27-99).]
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4 posted 08-27-99 10:53 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Revered Elder,
Way to rock!

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5 posted 08-28-99 12:44 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you all very much

DeVine, awesome as usual!
WhtDove
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This was great Balladeer. I for one think you should try and find her, it would be neat! Now you got us all thinking of those past, lost people in our lives! Thanks!!!
Cinderella
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Balladeer and deVine,

Tonight you both brought tears to my eyes,
Among those raindrops heartbreaking sighs!

Wonderfully done.
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Be careful what you wish for...I was reunited with a dear childhood friend in a most peculiar way. She turned out to be a bill collector for JC Penney's...ACK! How embarrassing : )
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9 posted 08-28-99 03:36 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Wow!..Makes me want to hug you..:-))

HUGS

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10 posted 08-28-99 03:52 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Awesome! I really liked reading this one, Balladeer. One chance in a million that Jenny Lou will see this, but I sure hope she does.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."
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11 posted 08-28-99 06:04 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

If we passed each other on the street
Would we know the person we longed to meet?
Or would time have erased the child we once knew?
Is that stranger someone once important to you?

Excellent poem, 'Deer one...
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12 posted 09-10-2000 10:22 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

For some reason, this poem was running through my head, so I had to find it!  

Elizabeth
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'Deer, consider reposting, please?  and PdV...if you're looking...we could use your reply again...
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Moving this into my library.  

Elizabeth
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Too good to leave another ten years.
 
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