Oh , But We Tried..........

Memories times and troubles ... they always
exist hand to mouth
The dining room table adorned for
thanksgiving but it's all gone south

The singing of old tunes from some
place in time over grown
The dance so unfitting and drunken
in towers some castle unknown

The clinking of glasses on a shelf.....
and the crooners drunk by now
As I stood quietly in the corner and
made like a ghost somehow

If I could go back now ....I wonder
what just I'd do to quell
The growing pains within .......the pains
that hurt like hell

No .....no we will never relive or forgive
misjudged conceptions
But we can remember the epiphany
with forlorn expressions

Do we ever recover ........or just cover
in a new coat of paint
Can we only reminisce in imagined
pleasure .....tired of constraint

But I ... I only reach out once ...and yet
there were no comers
She too...... shied away all too quickly
autumn release in summers

Now there is only the memory ...everything
else is moss on a stone
And a grave misunderstanding
And I ......I am alone




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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

A loved one passing. Such pain and remorse?...maybe..


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is so sad and has brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful poem.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , Just a quick creation out of memories. More about time passing I guess. ....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hello Susan , Thank you !I didn't mean to bring tears .......:-} When anyone cries it breaks my heart.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

You will never be alone ahorseback, you have us...

Sad yet beautiful.

Best wishes MM


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Wow, what a deeply poignant piece! I can relate to it, entirely. So much, so very much. It really struck a chord with my personal past.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a memory of an unhappy celebration, whatever, it was sad and you were a little boy standing in a corner. This is a thought provoking mystery. I'm sitting here in deep thought, what could it be?


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie Master , now that is sweet ! Thank you , I should know that !........:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , We can never forget our past ! But we can learn to live now ! Yes? I hope all is well with my northern tier friend.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Always , Memories of our pasts , thats all thier good for ! to grow away from !.....No worries ! Its all good!.....Thank you!


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

ahorseback, I have a few of those too, the memories that are best "growing away from." Things feel much better the more distance I put between me and them, lol.

But, now and then, I find those small corners I like to go back to, just to remind myself of a lesson learned.

Excellent work! Thank you!


PJ Jones 5 years ago

You may not believe this, but as I was reading, a lost memory just surged through me. It was a good memory but also sad. My memory ended with the death of a person. I had buried this feeling. Thank you, it's something I should relish. Good on you.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Femmeflashpoint, Thank you ! For sharing this , thats what we have to do isn't it! Save the little corners!......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

PJ Jones , What more could I ask than to trigger a healing memory, And if we are lucky ,then we get to heal through them all. In a song once someone sang ,"A cowboys born with a broken heart ", and I wondered about that often . Yes it seems that some of us are. Cowboys or not !....Thank you for sharing.....:-}


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

"Do we ever recover" Yes we can and we do. You have as you became a caring and compassionate man who shares his gift with the world. We thank you for that.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird , are you always so nice ...:-} Seriously thank you !.....And take care of you!


daddysgirl 5 years ago

I can relate very well with this dad... It's funny how sometimes you write things that I feel or have felt sometime in my own childhood. I don't know, maybe we are more in tune then we both know. Great write, I love you bunches always!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Daddysgirl , I Love you sweet girl! oxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Yes you and I are connected on a level never before know to mankind! lol ....love ya too ..Dad!

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