Reliving Memories

She almost didn’t stop

She hadn’t been this way in so long

But there she was in front

Of the bar where she and her friends used to meet

The last time it was when her last girlfriend

Announced that she’d be getting married

Now all her friends

Were settled down with lives of their own

They still kept in touch

But nothing was the same

So impulsively she walked on in

The bar was just the same

Rob the bartender waved to her

Giving her his most brightest smile

The piano player was still keeping everyone entertained

She walked on back to what was their table

And sat down with a sad smile

As she sipped her glass of wine

She looked about at the place

There was a young woman sitting at the bar

She was splashing tears in her martini

A couple sat mesmerized by each other

Their drinks untouched

Then she noticed an old man

He too was sipping some wine

With each sip he looked like he was going back in time

So she leaned forward and took a sip of her wine

Then closed her eyes and saw it all

The faces of her friends

As they were carefree and happy

Just having fun

The piano player began playing some nostalgic songs

And her heart began to ache

She had had no luck in love so far

And loneliness overtook her

When she came out of her thoughts

She noticed that the old man

Had been watching her with curiosity

He lifted up his glass to her and she to him

Then making a spontaneous decision

She got up to go and join him

They introduced themselves

And the old man told her

That it was the bar where he and his wife had spent their first anniversary

When money was short and it was the best they could do

Twenty years later the angels had come to take her

And today was her birthday

Her eyes misted over with tears

And they ordered another glass of wine

The piano man played all of his special requests

And they sat exchanging some thoughts

After the wine was finished

The old man got up to go

She followed him out the door

To see that it was a magical night

The stars spread far and wide

The moon full and lovely

She was about to ask which way he was going

When a young woman

With a friendly smile hurried up to him

Turned out she was his daughter

And that her dad came here on special occasions

And on evenings when his heart was full

Mostly for the songs that the piano man played

And so linking her arm though her father’s

They turned to walk home

The old man looked back more time

To wish her luck

And perhaps they’d meet one evening

In the bar again

She watched them walk away

And knew that she wouldn’t come back

It had just been a moment of nostalgia

And it was time to be getting back

As she walked along

She looked up at the night sky

And thought of the old man

Of romance and of what a wonderful world this was

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thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

This is very good writing that touches the heart. Thank you.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

it's so nice sometimes even though she felt sadden to reflect.. remember times past... I like this account Gypsy voted up :)

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

A very sweet poem.

Valleypoet 3 years ago

This was a little sad but uplifting was a story wonderfully told...thank you for sharing it Gypsy:-))

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Very well done and interesting story! I was hearing that old song in the first part, "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end...

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

Wonderfully painted picture with words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, your words were worth a thousand pictures.

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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful! Spellbound from beginning to end. A great story. Voted up.

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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Beautiful and sad poem Gypsy. Very nice and I love the photograph of the bar. :)

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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Poetic storytelling with a touching plot. :-) Lurana

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Piano Man is the perfect accompaniment to this nostalgic piece.

I guess we all sometimes feel time is running out at some point. Then we sit back and wonder what the rush was for...

Thought provoking and well penned. Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Aah took me me back to a perfect week Arlene and I spent in Savannah. thank you

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this thost.

Glad you enjoyed this Frank. Thanks for the vote.

Glad you enjoyed this wetnosedogs.

Glad you enjoyed this Valleypoet.

Glad you enjoyed this Jim. Yes, Those Were the Days is one song for this poem but in this case my inspiration was The Piano Man.

Glad you enjoyed this Eric. Nice to hear I was able to paint a picture with my words.

Glad you enjoyed this Vellur. Thanks for the vote.

Glad you enjoyed this Theresa. Yes, that first pic comes from Google I was searching for something like that.

Glad you enjoyed this Lurana.

Glad you enjoyed this Maria. Piano Man was the inspiration. Thanks for the vote. Hugs.

Glad to hear this brought back pleasant memories Martin.

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

An excellent narrative, Gypsy!!! Wonderful, unexpected place where memories were relived. Thanks for sharing!! Passing this on!!

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Reliving memories a road down memory lane and so many questions and not still not many answers

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful one, thank you for sharing with us.

Voted up, beautiful and sharing!

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Very heartfelt words here of reflection. I love BillyJoel's "Pianoman"!

Voted up ++++ ans sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Sad but beautiful, too.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great read Rasma and thank you for sharing.

Here's to wishing a wonderful day my hub sis.

Lots of love


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A lovely, thoughtful poem. Thank you for sharing it.

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Sigh..i have a special place just as you described here, Rasma...where the girls used to go to have fun and where now - i would NOT feel comfortable

i can just see it - ducking in on a random afternoon - and everything coming back in a flash - and a glass of wine!

Very much enjoyed this melancholy visit!


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Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

There is just...something...about going back to old haunts after having been (far) away for so long. I really enjoyed this...thanks for sharing :-)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Midget. Thanks for sharing.

It can be nice to sometimes go down memory lane Devika but yes, it doesn't always answer all the questions we may have.

Glad you enjoyed this livingsta and thanks for the vote and share.

Glad you enjoyed this Faith. Piano Man is one of my favorites by Billy. Thanks for the vote and share. God bless.

Glad you enjoyed this shanmarie.

Glad you enjoyed this Eddy. Hugs and hope you're having a great day.

Glad you enjoyed this Blossom.

Glad you enjoyed this Leslie. Nice to hear it brought you down a pleasant memory lane. Thanks for the vote and share.

Glad you enjoyed this Darryl.

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wonderful work Rasma. You took me on a journey!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Wayne. Hope you have a great Memorial Day

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