Just An Old Memory

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By: Wayne Brown

Wheels came off; things fell apart

Over; finished; written in stone

As if it never happened; gone

Old memories of a broken heart


What once was love, now broken; sad

Lying in pieces like bits of trash

Remnants marking the lover’s crash

Old memories of a love gone bad


Was it you, me, or was it just us?

Stubborn and blind; not willing to bend

Wanting the other to give in the end

Old memories written in the dust


You went your way; I went on mine

Our paths to never cross again

Our fate cast out to a wayward wind

Old memories reflecting in the wine


Do you ever ‘what if or just wonder?

How different it might have been together

How different if only for what if or whether

Old memories of a love cast asunder


Life goes on; we find our different ways

Patch our lives together; heal and smile

Put our heartaches away in a closed file

Old memories stored of love’s early days


There are no answers; maybe it was fate

That our live separated; came totally undone

Now we don’t’ remember who lost or won

Old memories of love erased from the slate


I remember how it started; remember it broke

The love we shared; precious, precious time

Before the undoing; back when things were fine

Old memories of love gone up in wisps of smoke


Time long passed; gone way from love’s eyes

Hidden in dust from the view; filed away from sight

Long passed the point of who was wrong or right

As an old memory of love fades and slowly dies


©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

5 March 2013

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Sometimes it matters not where the blame goes..it is just over and that is difficult to live with no matter how long you live. Well done.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I reckon I am getting old. It is just that every heartbreak I ever did have sent me to a finer filly. If I would have done a thing different -- where the hell would I be today. And would my children not have been so perfect.

I like the low down, but I just can't stay there long.

Your writing here was like an August Monsoon on a tin roof on a line shack I held up in 1973. I was melancholy. My horse was Pepper. I imagine around that time you were sacrificing your life for me. Funny how you were fighting the rains of Hanoi while I was missing a days' wages -- same rain.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@carol7777...Well said, Carol. Somethings just have to be put on the shelf and left there as we move on. Thanks much! ~WB

@Ericdierker...Love your outlook, Eric and I would bet there more than enough book material there if you decide to write it all down. Sounds as if you did a little cowboyin' yourself. Thanks much! ~WB


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

This reminds me of a Willy Nelson song, "Is the Better Part Over" Your words are sad and beautiful. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Time long passed; gone way from love’s eyes

Hidden in dust from the view; filed away from sight

Long passed the point of who was wrong or right

As old memories of love fades and slowly dies

Brililant words and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Funny...I was feeling a little "Willie-ish" when I wrote it. LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

@Eiddwen....Thanks so much. I liked that verse a lot myself. I appreciate the good words. ~WB


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Absolutely loved this -- as who among us hasn't been there and felt exactly as you describe -- I know I have. Aside: I now, often give thanks for those loves that didn't work out -- something about unanswered prayers? Excellent work, Wayne -- Best/Sis


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Angela Blair...I am right there with you, Sis. I have thanked the Lord a few times for not answering my prayers over some girl of my dreams who in later years turned into....well, you get the idea. The Lord was good to me! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

That my friend is one of the better poems you have ever penned.

The Frog


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

There is one thing we can't do is turn back the hands of time, however we can linger in the memories of them for awhile. There are few of us who have left behind relationships with a brokenheart, we had to ride to mend for a spell. When we surfaced and our scars were healed we found another love, yet sometimes the past will haunt us still as we wonder about the "What if's" as our hearts skip a litter slower with a memory.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

What might have been? If you've lived any amount of time I'm sure you've suffered this emotional malady. This could make a nice country song.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince...That is pretty strong wording considering I have over 300 poems here...but, I'll take it! LOL! Thanks much, Jim. ~WB

@Vincent Moore...About all we can say for it is that it is good mental exercise...I suppose. We can certainly never predict how things might have changed if we our relationships had taken a different road. It really makes one think heavily on the aspect of "fate" in our lives. Thanks much, Ken! ~WB

@wayne barrett...I will try singing it as soon as I figure out the chords. LOL! Thanks much, Wayne. ~WB

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