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The Stranger I Passed

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Jana Tovey
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0 posted 05-31-2000 07:03 PM       View Profile for Jana Tovey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Jana Tovey

I sat down by myself on the park bench
contemplating...how funny life is -
how one minute you think something is forever,
and then itís not,
but you donít really care...after awhile...
how you think you are one way, not at all like your parents,
and then you start to see things through their eyes...
how the days used to drag on,
then they started to pass more quickly
and, now, oh how time does fly!

I just sat down on this bench in the park
to read my book and listen to the wind
and the trees, swaying gracefully,
instead, seeing all thatís passed,
and wondering how I ever thought I knew
what was yet to come...the twists and turns, the blind alleys,
a future - now all in the past
and here I am, the way I am,
not at all like Iíd once pictured myself...different,
looking back at the stranger I passed.
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Corinne
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1 posted 05-31-2000 07:16 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Awesome poem, Jana!  And so easy to relate to, remembering being a kid during summer, sooo bored, nothing to do, zoom forward to trying to complete a thousand tasks in the fourteen hours-a-day we are awake.

And even in moments when we could stop and smell the roses, we ponder instead. I hate being an adult sometimes!  

Well, before I continue rambling, just let me say this is fabulous work!

Corinne
Irie
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2 posted 05-31-2000 07:23 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Isn't it funny....we picture how we would like to be,
thinking we'll someday be that person, and we're not.
I guess we're meant to be the way we are. Why we
are ever dealt these cards I'm not sure I'll ever know.
This was great Jana.   Well Expressed


 ~Sheri
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3 posted 06-01-2000 07:49 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Jana~
A winsome look at 'who' you used to be.
As we move through life ... we pass many
'strangers' of who we've been.
I like stopping to revisit those 'strangers'.
Thanks for the nostalgic trip.
~*Marge*~



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ParisGrl
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4 posted 06-01-2000 07:59 PM       View Profile for ParisGrl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ParisGrl

Jana,

I loved this piece, its so full of thought.  I think that all of us in one way or another can relate to this.  I especially with the part about seeing things through our parents eyes.  its also a great journey back through our childhood and the carefree days.

Keep it up!

Laura
JamesMichael
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5 posted 06-02-2000 07:05 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Jana I enjoyed the way you put this all together...sometimes life takes us on journeys we didn't expect.   James
Kit McCallum
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6 posted 06-02-2000 07:29 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I really enjoyed this Jana ... I find I've sat on that same park bench many a time, pondering much the same sentiments.  You've described this beautifully!

Best wishes,
/Kit
netswan
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7 posted 06-02-2000 09:52 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

This is Great Jana - really enjoyed
this poem -----life is funny, in so many
ways.

~netswan
Martie
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8 posted 06-02-2000 10:10 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Enjoyed your look at life and time, Jana...very well done!
 
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