An Old Lover......

Poem -story

He sits calmly on their bench with one knee crossing the other on a pathway along the shores where he grew up . He looks out to sea and deep into his memories as they swirl one by one past his inner eyes . His thoughts run on of getting older now , yet he remembers one night after the next of one long week . So many years ago now . What has it been twenty, Twenty five ?
"My God ! , has it been that long ?" he speaks out loud and then quickly glances around him to make sure no one hears him. Then just shakes his head ......and smiles.

But yes , it has . And yet it's just like it was all last week too . He thinks of his age and of hers , she was twelve years his junior and yet that mattered not one bit . But what a week it was . They spent the days and evenings making love like a couple of kids , but kids they were not . late , late into each night they fell asleep in each others arms . Always , always he would remember the soft cooing sounds that she would breath into his ears as he pulled her up and onto him again and again , the memories replaying in slow motion , and slower still again and again.

As he sighs and looks down at the rocky shore below him he knows , yes life and its memories can grate on the inside of the heart untill there is nothing left there at all , but the smaller stones , smaller know and the sand beneath them . Just the same , he reaches inside his chore coat and pulls out the last letter she sent him . The envelope older and faded now and beginning to wear thin at the edges . Carefully he opens the flap with shaking fingers and slowly unfolds the letter , and in the sweetest voice of all that he still remembers , still rings silently in his heart.
In his mind
In his soul

In it she wrote :

I feel the heat in your breath even now
my love and think selfishly of only me
But then what about you ...Do you
understand ... Do you see

I will be leaving this city soon
I'm coming to you again
WE can build a life... I'll be your wife
I will be your friend

Reach out to me now write me
and tell me we can
I'll find a way to leave this life behind
to come to you and take your hand

Can this really be happening can
love happen again at this age
Write me .......tell me yes
welcome my calm ..my rage

Good bye my love , but only for now .....
I will be flying in tomorrow! To you!
All of my Love
Emmy .........


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As he refolds the worn pages and carefully tucks it back into the envelope he touches it breifly to his nose , yes , he can still smell ther perfume . It's scent is still there after all these years . Sliding the envelope back into the inner pocket of his coat , he reaches down to the pavement and picks up the other page . The newspaper clipping , It too would go back into the pocket of his jacket although he knows the words to the story by heart .

"Today in New England , a small plane went down in the Kennebec river , killing the lone pilot. The eyewitness said that it sounded like the airplane may have been having engine trouble The investigation is ongoing and the name of the pilot will be released after the immediate family is notified................."














Comments 31 comments

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Truly heart tugging and beautiful my friend.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful gem on here.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Sadly beautiful. Voted up and awesome.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

A serene heart break, to find love again only to lose it, a sweet sweet torture


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

How sad! You convey the feelings and reminiscences so well. Voted it up.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh my, This made me so sad. You have lost so much, yet the memories live on to relive again in your readers. Thank you for sharing...


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

So beautiful and so tragic. I could see him sitting on the bench, looking out at the sea as he remembered his love of so many years ago. This brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written! :-)


Daddysgirl 4 years ago

I love this and all the hairs on my arms stood straight...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. So sad and in its own way beautiful. Like a loving tribute to all of those who have ended their life this way. Fantastic.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Interesting creation, ahorseback.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Sickening! Sooooooooooooo sad!

i feel how torn up this poor man is! You have such talent, my friend..

voting, sharing, tweeting..


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

touching, emotional, keep writing..


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

OMG, Ed. . . . I'm bawling like a baby.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ed, This poem story is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever read. Tears are heavy in my eyes at the bittersweet tragedy of this love story.

I need to visit you way more often. Voted UP and AB. Hugs, Maria


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

OMG, Ed. . . . I'm bawling like a baby.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

The story may seem sad but you have crafted it so well, impacting love and the life that could have been...

Pleased to meet you ahorseback. Good read. I am voting up, beautiful and definitely sharing.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Eddy ! Thank you , but YOU are the Jem!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Sweethearts , Your soo nice !Thank you dear


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nighthag , A "sweet torture "? ! ? ,,,,,NOOoooo! .......lol Thank you for sharing .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Blossom , I wish I wrote as well as you though !......:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always Exploring , Just a story my dear , just a story !!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Genna East ! Thank you , that means alot to me !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

There's my baby girl daughter ! Love you bunches and forever !oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo ! Dad


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thank you Gypsy ! You are so nice !..........:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Ruchuria , Just a try ! thats all !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

IMKarn And YOU are so nice for this and more !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

girishpuru ! Hello ! Thank you my friend !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nellieanna ! NOOOoooo! Don't cry , its just a story !......Here's my hanky my lady !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Marcoujor ! Thats so nice of you , no ! Not the tears again !.......:-} smile for me !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

CrisSp, and you'rw so wonderful !


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

You have a gift for pulling an ache from the heart, a tear from the eye............I held on to see what would happen only to be plunged into the river. Aaaaaagh!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Exotic hippyQueen ! hello , Oh no she got wet ! lol.....:-}

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