Bittersweet Nostalgia

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Bittersweet nostalgia
sings her lilting tune today...
as memories like ocean waves
wash over me at play.



Sings a haunting melody
that echoes deep inside,
carries me on tender wing
to yesterdays, we glide...



How bittersweet this journey
to a place of fading moon,
of sweetness tinged with sorrow
like an ancient sacred rune...



But like a tender butterfly,
that lights, then flitters on...
I linger not, to tarry long
in memory's chiffon...



Bittersweet nostalgia
has spent her tune today...
'tis time for yet a new chaffinch,
to dance a fresh ballet.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

Oh my, Tender. You have a gift for such beautiful prose. Selfishly (and sheepishly), I feel so very privileged to be able to benefit from such beautiful words. Rated up and beautiful, my friend.

Well done...

Will


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Awwww, gosh, Will...made me slap blush! I feel pretty priviledged to share your words and heart too, my friend! It is a lovely dance indeed! Blessings!


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Cracknutcase 5 years ago from India,bangalore

Tender and sweet this poem is.

Just like the beautiful,charming writer who wrote it.. ;)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Cracknutcase, Thank you, kindly! Your sweet comment rendered me shy!


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Plarson 5 years ago from Alabama

As always, truly touching and uplifting. "..of bitterness tinged with sorrow like an ancient sacred rune.." Loved this line. Greek and Roman culture and architecture is my favorite and your comparing old memories to old ruins, I think was simply genius. Loved it. -Paul


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Paul, I ancient Greek and Roman culture fascinating and sacred...one of my favorite eras...one of a few...lol I am thrilled that you like it! Thank you! As you can see, we are in a bit of a philosophical, nostalgic place today! LOL


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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

I think the oler we get the more we reflect upon our lives, and all the joy and sorrow we have had within them.Yet another perfectly sublime Prose my friend. Thank you and Thank God for your gift with the written word.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I really like this one.

Well done. Up and beautiful!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

PA, perhaps you are right. I am not feeling my best physically the past few, and this is where I wander...lol! Its a good thing, tho...Keeps me grateful...Me thinks that is God's purpose...Hugs, my friend!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, WillStar! Your comments give me a smile!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nostalgia is uplifting and a nice play to go and play once in awhile, this poem was uplifting, I floated through the air like that butterfly reading it. Well done, now cheer up:0))


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

saddlerider, you made me chuckle! Believe it or not, I am pretty cheerful, in a nostalgic sorta way!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I simply adore the ballet - and I simply adore you - you are a lovely lovely writer and have inspired that side of me in my writing endeavors - so you see - lol lol - you have exploited the soft side of the epigramman!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Its so funny, Epi, I have always loved dance...but was always such a clumsy little lass...no dance classes for this "Grace"...It seems that the verse that flows from my pen these days is symbolic in ways I discover after the fact sometimes...such as now, when I read your comment about ballet...I remembered how I yearned as a young child to take dance lessons...smile...I guess that exploitation can be a good thing, sometimes...You are awesome!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....I've had the good fortune and pleasure to see most of the great dance and ballet companies perform live over the years ...... and I also 'dance' in my heart and mind for you and your writing too!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

hugs to you, Epi!

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