Sentimentally Yours

She was tired

So very tired

Carrying the burden

Of the love for him

In her heart

Twenty years ago

The war had stolen

Him from her

And ever since

No other love compared

There were friends

Who told her to go on

There were lovers

Who wanted to make her

Their own

But there were always things

That would remind her of him

And there were her own souvenirs

Finally she chose

To walk the world alone

Sadder but wiser

Able to go on loving him

There came a most handsome guy

Who swore he would accept what she could give

And not every ask for more

They stayed together for awhile

But when she realized

She could never give him her love

She told him good-bye

And so the years like doves had flown

But every time she looked at the albums

The years no longer mattered

In the mirror she saw

A sadder and more care-worn woman

But with the same sparkling eyes

And smile of yesterday

It was an old friend

Who made her heart flutter one day

When she told her

She had seen a man

Who was the mirror image

Of the her lover

Who had died in the war

Her first thoughts were hope

Then resignation

Surely she thought

It must mean

That he’d never searched for her

Survived and gone on with his life

That this man must be his son

And it was then that the pain came

It was like losing him all over again

She didn’t want to face the truth

She didn’t want to see this man

Then one day she turned about

And ran into a broad chest

Catching her breath

She gazed upwards

Instantly she recognized

The sparkling blue eyes

The smile so very dear, so near

And twenty years just melted away

They stood for a few moments

Then he swept her up in his arms

Twirled her about

His first ten years

Had been overseas

A survivor with no memory

The next ten spent in rehabilitation

Until he remembered the girl

He had left behind

And they could begin their life

Just where they once left off

Young once more

And very much in love

© 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee

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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

A lovely hub Rasma. We all wonder what might have been. If only we knew what happened to past loves.


Dorothy Saltel. 2 years ago

I thought that it was sad for that woman to mourn for so many years over a love. I think someone would have reached her over so many years to inform her that he was alive, She missed out on the best years of her life in mourning. Wonderfully written so very explainable.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

And not every ask for more.......Of the her lover.......(short fixes for the readership which follows.)

Good short story in poetic verses. Running "into a broad chest" would make me catch my breath, too, if the right kind!

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Senoritaa 2 years ago

The story brought tears to my eyes, truly sentimental!

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I needed a touch of beauty, and you delivered. :)

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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

How beautiful! If only ... Voted up and beautiful

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Gypsy, beautifully done! Some people love deeply and only once in their life time, sometime love gets a second chance. In her heart, she knew he was alive and out there.

Great writing, take care and my best to you.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Graham. Yes, we just never know we either move on or someday just perhaps meet again.

Glad you enjoyed this Dorothy.

Glad you enjoyed this Demas. Yes, I have too had the experience of crashing into someone and it does leave one breathless.

Thank you Senoritaa.

Glad to be of service Bill. Always nice to hear from you.

Yes, if only MizBejabbers and thanks for the vote.

Glad you enjoyed this Jo. My best to you too.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

A beautiful love story Gypsy. Wonderful song by Chris de Burgh also. Voted up.

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

This beautiful story gave me goosebumps. I love happy endings. Thanks for sharing this love story.

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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Gypsy, your poems at times leave me speechless. This is one of those. I, too, like Minnetonka, love happy endings. This would make a great movie!

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Totally awesome! What a great ending! Love Ya! Peace.

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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado

A very beautiful poem about the one in a million match.

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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Most endearing - I didn't expect that ending - a happy one. Hurray.

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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed lovely poem. I love happy endings!

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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Delightful story in a poem and with such a lovely happy ending, too!

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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love the stories you tell with your poetry...beautiful and inspirational. :-)

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

So delightful specially having a happy ending. Very calming music too. I always enjoyed your work anyway. :)

Up, pinning and sharing.

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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for all your love stories and poems I enjoy every last drop. Jamie

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Hope you're all having a good Memorial Day weekend

Glad you enjoyed this and the song. Lots of his songs inspire Jodah.

Glad you enjoyed this Linda. Yes, happy endings are the best.

Glad you enjoyed this Ann. Sort of like an old Hollywood kind of film.

Glad you enjoyed this Manatita

Glad you enjoyed this Juneaukid

Glad you enjoyed this and happy ending are the best travmaj

Glad you enjoyed this Vellur

Happy ending always the best Blossom

Glad to hear you enjoy them Genna

Glad you enjoyed it Cris. Thanks for the vote and share.

Glad you enjoy them Jamie

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Gypsy, This was very entertaining with a wonderful happy ending after all. Thank you!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this word55.

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