No Longer There (poem)

All around he searches

Streets which now are bare

This poor and lonely fellow

With so much to share


Once people laughed as children cast

Magic in the air

But now an echo answers

They’re no longer there


Those moments wrapped in Joy

Endless was its flare

Neighbors knew their fellows

Helping hand to spare


All life’s richness they were blessed

Passed on him to bear

But thoughts within his mind

Were no longer there


So in his time he left

Tearful was their prayer

And all which he had learned

Heightened life’s affair


But as he grew in wisdom

Soul became aware

And now the Joys he sacrificed

Are no longer there

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

This is thought provoking and meaningful. Does the point come where we finally notice what we can no longer reach. Very deep.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Time flies by and one you realize that is it you can't go on anymore a lovely poem with lots of thought here.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Life is like that, some areas become desolate when there is no sign of those past years.

Up and more and sharing


Blessings, Faith Reaper

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Martin, lovely work to begin my day. Happy Holidays my friend.

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breakfastpop 3 years ago

This is an interesting thought provoking piece.

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

There are many things in life that have a way of "hollowing out" over the years. Good poem.

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DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Thought provoking and deep.

Our past becomes unreachable at some point in our lives.

All that are left are the memories.

Beautiful but sad thoughts.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Beautiful as always my friend!

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Honestly M...your poetry is making me forget those hilarious ditties of yours!

I have goosebumps, and for some reason - your poem reminded me of all the poeple who's world's are completely destroyed SUDDENLY - think hurricanes, tornadoes etc..

Everything they KNOW is just gone...just not there anymore, and - it's not due to time gone by..

i remember watching the news during one of these storms - and a man was videotaping their HUGE front tree just being uprooted and blown away. I heard his wife crying that it was her favorite tree - and it put it all in perspective for me.

People lost a LOT more than trees - including them...

We must appreciate what we have - when we have it..and hold the memories dear..

i loved it. sharing

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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Very moving and thought-provoking. I am reminded of the old saying, "You can never go home again." It's not there. So very true.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, shared and pinned.

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Powerful piece, Martin. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you Martin for your poetry. Jamie

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vkwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

This is a very meaningful piece.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Touches the heart and I've always love that song

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