Rear View Mirror - Poem

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Recently, I had an occasion to meet up with some of my old friends that I don’t see enough. We met up at, "Bobby’s Place" and had lots of laughs and lots of drinks. We watched the Cardinals win one of the series games and I spent the night at my sister’s because I have moved so far away from my hometown.


I woke up the next morning, half hung over but smiling because it was worth it. I had my dark sunglasses on and it was a beautiful sunny day and I was reminiscing as I drove down all the same country roads I frequently traveled when I was younger. It is about an hour away and while some things have changed – some things will always remain the same. The area has grown up and now has modern stores and a four-lane highway! But if you veer off to the left and follow a two-lane road – you’d end up right where you were 30 years ago where time really did stand still. At least it seems that way.



Took a trip to the old neighborhood

When I closed my eyes

Back to the dense and earthy wood

An unintended drive.

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Up the hills, the hairpin turns

On a map read from your hand

Many lessons that I learned

Where folks live off the land

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Two bad sides with just one life

How could I not give in?

Bad boys, fast cars, rebel, shame ground strife

Ruled the face with the Cheshire grin

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Me and you and Mary Jane

In David’s topless Galaxy

Escaping dusty dirty lanes

That tried to capture me

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The land where time’s so slow it’s still

Beneath the old oak trees

Breaking rules, out my window sill

Just dying to get free

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Strawberry wine with black beauty pie

Living fast where the water runs slow

Purple microdot in your eye

Watching the sweet corn grow

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No avenues, no big boardwalks

Just town square; the county seat

Good time Sally makes small town talk

Silk tongues provide winter’s heat

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Tammy’s brother? We stole his car

To get off Sugar Creek

Off the gravel to the tar

Left black marks on the street

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Mad Dog, Jim Beam on Saturday Night

Rockford Beach was fine with me

Beer from the keg if the tap works right

In the land beneath the trees

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Shirtler and his prized ‘69 Chevelle

Kent and his Corvette – the ’73

Debbie had the Pinto Wagon from hell

A ’72 VW Bug for me

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Race down the back roads, no speed limit

Watch out for cherries in ravines

Matching mile to minute

Squeezing at seconds in between

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I swear the time stood still

On those starry nights

Swimming down at the mill

Drunk under the bright moonlight

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I met the age of emancipation

That good law set me free

I took off with anticipation

Always a companion for me

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I’ve gone miles and miles since then

I’ve seen so many things

But when I close my eyes at night

I return there in my dreams.

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To the place where the air is sweet

And time’s just standing still

I’ll meet you again at Sugar Creek

Under the moonlight at the mill.

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Keep It Real!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

God kid,

I write so many songs about the "Sweet Summer Nights. and Fresh, Sweet Kisses from days gone by. I'll have to get some of these to you.

This was just freaking awesome. Purple Micro Dot, Purple Double Domes, 4-Way .. ahhh, the days! Out of know where you drop a beauty!! I love it my friend!

jim


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Jim - you totally get me don't you? lmao!! I knew some people would get that and others wouldn't but obviously we have been to the same parties:) lol

I am so going to look through your stuff for those....I love looking back - so many great times!! Thanks so much!! You make me laugh!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! There so much here. This bring back loads of old memories. It reminds me of Don McLean's American Pie.

This is superb work, RealHousewife.

(And yes, I get it!)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi WillStarr! Thank you so much! I do love that song! We actually listened to it one really sunny day (skipping school) - we drove to Illinois in David's Galaxy on the levees! One of my favorite memories.

And if you get it - you probably had some fun growing up yourself:)!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I remember a long time ago when you said you couldn't write poetry. Let me tell you, this proves that you can. It flows so well and tells a story that is coming alive in my mind. I recognize some of the names and I can just picture you having fun in your youth. What a great read!


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

You sucked me in . Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. There is a rhythm to your poem that makes you read faster as you go along.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I really enjoyed this one because you made it real. Nice memories and your words bring them back to life. There are no cars in my memories as none of us had them and I didn't learn to drive till I was in nearly 40. We did have fun though perhaps different to yours. Thank you.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - yeah I write a little bit of it - just messing around. I was thinking about all the good times we had and how we all thought we would never get out of that small town! We had fun - maybe too much of it but what the he'll can't go back now and change it! Lol. Hey and you are a poet so I will take that as a compliment! Thank you!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Rjsadowski - thank you - I hope you enjoyed it! I appreciate the comment!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi SW - well thank you so much! Yes I was thinking about all the fun stuff my friends and I did. No car? Omg! If we had no cars back then - well this poem wouldn't be so nice either! Lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting:).


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

RH - if you didn't have cars, you would have used horses, LOL. Riding with your hair blowing in the wind.

Excellent poem. Will and I have some serious competition here. May the best poem win!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Austinstar! You're too generous. I'm not in the contest! And even to be thought of in the same sentence as you and Will......that's just crazy. I love writing them - but I'm very ignorant about serious poetry. I do love it though! You two are serious and I figure I'm learning for free from you:). So thank you!!!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, Wow, Wow!!! You hit the ball way outta the park with this one!!!! Fantastic...I even saw many parts of my own life come back as I was reading this. GREAT JOB!!!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am upset because I don't see the contest tag on this hub missy! I absolutely love it!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You better put it into the contest...please put it in...


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey RealHousewife, you sound like you were a lot to handle. LOL! Small town country girl? looking to experience everything possible. Stealing a car? You, never. I wouldn't believe it. :P LOL! (j/k) I can believe it about you. Nothing would surprise me. LOL! Voted up! :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

How fun that must have been Real! The memories alone were worth every minute of your good old days! Excellent poem, I hope you write more of them:)


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

This was just beautiful! Although a lot of the words were foreign to me... like what is purple microdot? Still I loved the memory! Made me wish for some freedom! I wish I could just drive away and enjoy some beach somewhere or something. I'm not sure why, it just was the feeling you gave me. I've never been one to have too much fun and for as long as I can remember I was always the good girl... I never had true freedom. Maybe that is why you gave me that feeling. IDK. Anyways... now that my mind is officially thinking about something else I just want to say great hub :-)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Now you are just being silly. You write poetry very well. Remember there are no rules you can't break. Poetry is for painting a picture of life. You do that very well.

Now put that contest tag in!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - thank you SO much! It was you prodding me last night to finish it that actually made me sit down and do it:) too funny - I had it close to being finished for days....thanks again for the encouragement!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Cardisa - thank you so much! I really don't know how to add the tag:(. Maybe I'll try to figure it out. I am so grateful for your comments! I was thinking about how it would be to go back home.....such fun memories I have and I'm glad to share them:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - thanks so much - your really helping me work the nerve up:) lol.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Go over to where it says tags and add contest Just do it!!

:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Cagsil - yes I was quite a handful. My step father gave up on trying to "cure me" lol. I never really got in terrible trouble because I used my sense of humor to hide the seriousness of the stuff I was out doing;). We didn't have cell phones so my parents had no way to track me and I got away with a lot. But - what's a kid to do with nothing but miles of back roads for fun on a weekend? Cruising! Lol. I sure had a great time. And some very interesting times;) lmao


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sunshine! Yep I had so much fun - I was always afraid life would pass me by and I'd never get out of that small town. Lots of people are satisfied with one life - I want two:). Thanks so ,uch for your encouragement. Poetry is difficult for me!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - life was so different then, we had no cable t.v., no cell phone, no texting, the next town could be long distance to call. We didn't have Internet or pagers - just lots of time and you know what they say about idle hands doing the devils work;) lol

I miss those days when we had no responsibility except a part time job and 28 cents to buy gas to get home from school:) thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ok I did! Austinstar - Susan - everyone thanks so much for the encouragement! I have never entered a contest before.....ever with writing. I did put contest on the tag:). Thanks!! You guys made my whole week:)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Thanks for some good memories and some I'd prefer to leave in the old rearview mirror. Excellent prose.

The Frog


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Frog! Yep - I know sometimes it is hard to look back and think about the things we have done. I just say face your fear buddy! lol Thanks so much and good to see you hopping over this way:)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wow what a poem, this brings back many memories.

Oh those good ols days.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rosemary! Yes I think it's funny how we all wanted to grow up so fast - and we felt like all the good stuff was getting by us living out in the stix:) now I'd love to go back and recapture the peaceful serenity!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This is one of your best, Kelly. Trust me. Thank you for the poignant trip back to your old neighborhood. Really enjoyed the ride.

BTW - black beauty pie? Educate me.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Drbj - thank you SO much! I do love poetry but it is not easy to write, for me!

Black Beauties were "downers". Our school was a huge joke - I can't remember which magazine but I think it was People Magazine? They did a story about our school dubbing it smoke city. We had a guard - he used to show up at our parties! I couldn't wait to get out of there!!!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just did another read on the poem and it's so good that I'm still loving it. You really do have a way with words. Keep it up :-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin! I was just showing Mick your hub pages! We were totally laughing about some of the comments you have left:). Me, Dave and Mick around the breakfast table.....so hilarious! I was telling Mick about the time you wanted to kick a hubber out of the gene pool for saying they wanted to have Stan's baby! Remember that! Lmao!

You are a poet and artist and I am so grateful to have your help and guidance. You just can't know how much I appreciate your help!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

You were a bit of a wild-chile Kelly. Those were the days alright, and you've written on em so well with this prose poem. Who says you can't go back.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Alastar - I didn't think I was wild then at all! It's so funny looking back - because now I'm surprised I lived to tell sometimes! Lol. I was just biding my time - waiting to leave, you know? I knew there was so much out there - I mean the thought of living there forever was enough to drive you crazy:). You might end up working at the ice house or the grocery store for the future. I lived in the city until my step dad moved us out to the country......it was a major culture shock!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Your welcome Kelly. Living to tell about it and biding your time are two things we have in common about those times. Yep, the big city and the country-side are two different animals alright. You did very well for yourself!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I loved this one and thanks for sharing .

I vote up and look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care and have a great day.

Eiddwen.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Alastar - lucky for both of us! I actuallr read a ton too - the library was mu friend:) lol. I always wanted to be a writer so I did a bunch of that....but small towns are hard to grow up on;). As you know apparently;). I do feel like I made out like a fat rat! Thank goodness and thank you!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Eiddwen - Hi., thank you so much! I really appreciate the time you took to read and comment! I hope you have a great weekend also! Kelly


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Memories...whether good or bad always haunt us. I loved your blast from the past.

I also have fond memories of visiting country side where my mom's dad used to live.

That fresh air and crisp morning with dews seen on the leaves...priceless.

I have voted up your poem as awesome. With the contest going on...you should tag urself in the contest and I gonna vote for you :) Good luck my friend!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Aw Ruchira! That just made my day! Thank you so much!

I do have so many fun memories of growing up - I didn't even realize how much fun it was until it was over.

I did put the contest tag in - nervous and feeling humbled but I have taken many other scary jumps:) lol. It will be the first one I entered! So much fun with fellow writers like you to share our work! You're the best!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Wow! This gave me a flash back. I knew you could whip up some poetry. I loved it! I wish you luck in the contest. I am looking forward to reading more as time permits.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tip! Thank you so much! I am just proud to have entered the contest:) lol. I am so grateful for your encouragement! I know what you mean - it seems like there is so much to read and so little time. I am always like a kid in a candy store when I get my hub time - which flavor and what's first? Lol. I love it all!


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

This piece really takes the reader back in time. I can feel the angst of teenage rebellion creeping up within me! Great job!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hear Me - oh yes - I was a little out of hand sometimes:) it was lots harder for our parents to check up on us then too! Thanks so much!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...such a sincere, evocative and heartfelt hub and poem here and I do love your introduction and lead-in by the way - the poem itself reminds me of a Springsteen song or perhaps Bob Seger - either one I would imagine would be high praise to you - and epi loves giving it out especially when they come as great as you.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Epi! We are on the same work schedule! lol thank you SO much! I feel very amatuerish when someone like you reads my brand of poetry! lol That makes me feel great too - I love both Springsteen and Seger!

Thank you so much - you are a true poet - I am a learning wanna be - but Lela just explained to me a bit about meters and rhymes and I recognize that in yours too - seems to have a floating melody with it. I am so blushing due to your high appraisal:) Sweet dreams my friend!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OMG Kel, my life was so much more simple back then. And that included black beauties, pink somethins', mad dog, laced brownies and other stuff I'm sure. But yet, life was fun for sure. I remember sneaking mad dog in baby food jars and taking it to the park and hiding in the shrubs with friends. Why baby food jars I have no idea? We'd each take sips and then try to inhale cigarettes. I think I was in about 11th grade then. Too funny. Kind of reminds me of my Friday Nights poem. Thanks for the laughs.

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sharyn! LOL LOL! It was wasn't it? You just met up with your group and whas ER you. Ould sneak out the door. I once snagged a whole bottle of Jim Beam and stuffed it in my coat sleeve. No problem! Lol.

I have to check out that poem Sharyn!! I thought I'd read everything you wrote!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I loved this Kelly; what a great find first thing in the morning. Bravo my friend and I could sure associate with this lovely piece of writing. A trip down Memory Lane....yep, loved it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thanks for reminding me of this Bill:) I had to listen to Jet Airliner again!

Ahhh my hey day! I did have such a grand time growing up - never a dull moment when you live out in the woods! Neat place to grow up!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

I'm so glad this was shared on the feed today - I may have missed it. This means so much Kelly. There is so much here that grabs at our own respective memories of ourselves and friends - time sure has gone by. Absolutely incredible and a great read - especially touching after all that has transpired this past week. Think I'll jam to some old tunes today...look up at the sky...reminisce and smile. HUG


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi - thanks MO - I do have a sense of comfort knowing that my friends enjoyed it:) It was just about the most fun any group of teens living in the sticks could have! lol We all decided yesterday that we were living the dream back then.

Thank you so much!


writeronline 4 years ago

Great work, RH! I'm so glad you gave this another moment in the sun, I missed it before.

Real by name, real by nature, that's you for sure. I love the optimism, joy and freedom that fills this lyric (I call it that because, set to music, it'd be a wonderful song, imo). I love it. Maybe Austinstar's husband's band ....?

NOT to put a downer on it in any way, but it's possible, just possible, given your recent sad event, that a read of a poem I wrote a while back might help give you a little more insight to the effort that some people have to put into being a part of, while being 'apart' from, a normal happy life..., maybe help explain the unexplainable. You'll find it via the hyperlink in the R U OK? article I referred you to yesterday. Up to you whether you read it, of course. But it's a true life story, and although in a different way, it's also very real.. :)

Again, I love this work of yours. Love it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thank you SO much WOL...I do favor this piece because it was written from a fun perspective...reflecting on all the people and stuff we did that make it dazzle in my memories:)

I loved RU OK and shared it too:) I knew others could reap the benefits and it did go where I needed it to. That was so kind of you!! So needed too...really appreciate that and I guess I was so focused on it - (I actually read that twice) I didn't see a poem linked. I have to find that...thanks!!


writeronline 4 years ago

Ignoring the need to "read all the instructions through twice before cooking"?.. Haha.

Guys (if they're like me) are the same with 'man tasks' like car repairs, or making the new entertainment appliances work. My rule generally is, "when all else fails, try the instruction manual."


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That is so true Writer - you made me laugh! My husband is so like that - if it doesn't go toether then find instructions! Of course there will be 30 minutes of cursing before he decided to look at instructions or ask for directions! haha....yeah I think it's a guy thing for sure!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I can't think of anyone who doesn't swear by old times Kelly.

Great trip down memory lane.

You made me take a trip down there as well.

Voted all ends up.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rajan Jolly! Yeah...it's sure fun to go back and think about those fun times we had doing stupid stuff as teen agers:) What WERE we thinking?

Thanks for the visit and the votes!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

I like the reference to time standing still which was repetitiously placed fourth here to maybe place emphasis on being in love with such a moment in time of a past experience.

Lovely poem Kelly, I wish you can do more poetry, because you truly have a wonderful way with words and bringing imagery to the screen through such. Awesomesauce!

Thumbs up and out!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Lovely memories! Always in us to make us believe that decades ago were only yesterday.

I enjoyed this poem. Thanks, Kelly!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much for your support Mike! I really don't do poetry well but this reminds me of home:)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank YOU Martie...Poetry is an art and not my forte but I like this one...shame on me:) LOL


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Very enjoyable! ~WB


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

This is a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing..


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you WB! I was thinking about home today:)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

A good read. It takes me back, not to the same place but to the same state of mind. Voted up.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

HA! Those were some of the good old days:). Just wasting time, waiting to grow up and get out of dodge! Lol.

Thanks so much for the comment!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I absolutely love this, girl! So nostalgic. I love your rhythm and word choices (and mention of a Cardinals game). Sharing this one. Love it!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha! Ya know I had to get that one in there:) thanks so much...this is my personal favorite.

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