Returning to Love

He hadn’t been to a barn dance

In such a long time

He knew it would remind him

Of the girl he once knew

She had been his love

And he had adored her

So many years ago

In a small town high school

She’d been the kind of girl

That you dream of for a lifetime

And you fall in love so deeply

That you think you’re in wonderland

But he was a kind of dandy

And as much as he loved her

He wanted to do some wandering

Trying to find some truth

So he bid her farewell

And knew that she’d be alright

For a girl like that

Wouldn’t be alone for long

He entered the barn and smiled

Here was the last time all those years ago

That they’d had their final dance

Before he went away

Yes, he’d come back

To the town he once left

Because now in midlife

He was looking for some roots

For a place to settle down

He just hadn’t thought

That she would be so much a part

Of all of his memories still

All he knew was that she was divorced

But didn’t know where she lived

And so that night he figured

He would dance the night away

With all of the small town beauties

Who grew up here and remained

The barn was a familiar place

The music a sad refrain

Making him start to wander

In his mind back to the days when he once loved

As he sat and watched the others dance

To the sweetest country music

He hadn’t heard for so long

He glanced up

And in the doorway

Stood the girl who had stolen his heart away

Suddenly he appeared startled

Seeing his reflection in the mirror

Which was hung up behind the band

For a moment he had thought

That all those yesterdays had been a dream

To him she looked as lovely and young

As she had the last time he held her

For a moment she stood there

Just looking about

And then she saw him

Her eyes widened in surprise

Slowly he stood up and walked toward her

And the band started a country waltz

He took her hand

And was pleased to see that her eyes still sparkled

Her smile took his breath away

And they began to dance

Softly barely above a whisper

He said, “Rosy I love you still.”

She looked at him with smoldering eyes

As she replied, “I’ve always loved you.”

And they began to twirl

As with each turn the years melted away

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee

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bluebird 3 years ago

Ah, so sweet my friend, so sweet. I loved this piece. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It really is lovely. Good job!!!

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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

An interesting story of Paradise regained, G.R.L; wonder why he couldn't have taken her with him on his journey first time round, but a happy ending, and no regrets! A pleasant daydream.

Best Wishes,


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

I love happy endings.

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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Gypsy Rose Lee , beautiful, bittersweet ballad to love lost and found. Thanks so much! Shared!

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

A beautiful story. A love never really lost.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful way of expressing ones thoughts and the photo make sit all so well-presented.

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What a lovely story-in-a-poem! And with a happy ending. Delightful.

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sweethearts2 3 years ago from Northwest Indiana

True love conquers the years. Wonderful story and song. Thank you

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very nice, Rasma.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

So glad you enjoyed this bluebird.

Glad you enjoyed this Romeos Quill.

Happy endings are the best wetnosedogs.

Glad you enjoyed this alwrites57. Thanks for the share.

The best thing when an old love is found anew Anna.

Glad you enjoyed this Devika. That pic seemed sunny and bright and full of hope.

Glad you enjoyed this Blossom.

Glad you enjoyed this sweethearts.

Glad you enjoyed this Wayne.

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