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We picked out things we wanted

A rug for your house

A sofa for mine

Pictures and too personal things

Crystal from friends

Silver from family

Beds the kids jumped on until they sagged

Jewelry and tools

Paintings and piano

Things I bought for you

Gifts from you to me

We divided our history

Along sentimental lines

Financial lines

Practical lines

Choices we had once resisted

Made right again by the tastes we no longer shared

Content to see the dimensions merging

Monochromes of yours and mine

They were only things

Mirrors of the way we once were

Records of our times

We argued less now than when they were new

We can get others now

We picked up our things and said goodbye

Like acquaintances at camp

Best of friends for summer

But the bus is leaving

And we follow

With our things

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Comments 24 comments

Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Wow. An emotional read packed full of memories and lessons for the future. Two thumbs up.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Phoebe, I hoped the feelings would come through. Even if you haven't experienced it, everyone of us has watched someone we love go through it.

Thank you for the very kind and much appreciated comment. =:)


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Was it someone you loved or yourself that went through it?


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You convey a sad feeling of emptiness standing among all the things that represented joined lives, yet the need to now move on. "But the bus is leaving", yes, I know that feeling. Beautifully, eloquently stated reality of two separating lives.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

I originally wrote it after observing a friend's experience, but my previous one most certainly colored the final draft. Thanks for asking. =:)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Amy, thank you for the thoughtful comment. It is strange, when the fervor of that first passion subsides, how a relationship can get lost in things and schedules and simple responsibilities. It is only in the eye of the storm of separation that we look around at the things we thought so important and realize how trivial it all is compared to what we've lost.

Ahhh....all fuel for the poet's fire. =:)


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sheila b. 5 years ago

And a lesson we might learn is things don't matter. In fact, things might keep us rooted where we cannot survive.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Sheila, I like your illustration. There is a place in the sun for all of us and we owe it to ourselves and each other to find it--even if it means letting go of a few things.

Thank you so much for the visit and insightful comment. =:)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You certainly picked the best song to go along with your poem. Such a sad poem but beautifully written.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Susan, thank you and I know it's sad but that time of sorting things out has always seemed particularly poignant with meaning. The little choreographed dance around the things that are really meaningless themselves but pregnant with history and emotion yet circumstances dictate they stay nothing more than personal possessions.

Thank you again for the read and kind words. =: )


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PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Lost love. Been there, Done that. Sad ending.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Very succinct PB, but so true. Thank you for the visit, hope your current relationships are happy. =:)


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Beautiful, nostalgic, poignant, heartbreaking.....very well written poem. This may be my favorite so far. When will (or is it already) a volume of your work be available in the bookstores. Seriously.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

PH, you are very gracious and I appreciate it. You did say you preferred it dark. This is about as dark as I get. So far I should say--life is tricky that way.

Thank you for the kind words and you will be the first to hear if a volume arises. =:)


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

My heart is on your side...


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Very thought provoking. Great writing.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi RA, so good to see you. What a wonderfully sweet thing to say. Like Carol King says: "It's good to know you've got a friend." Thank you. =:)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hello my friend, Hello--I'm glad your thoughts are stimulated. In both humor and sadness we react because it hurts and when things are gone, we often begin to appreciate them.

Thank you for the kind words. =:)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Heartbreaking. It strikes me. Things we work so hard to get and fight to keep in the end are meaningless. It's the people we share them with that mean the most and what hurts the most to lose. Sadly beautiful.


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi PV, You are so right about the people being the most important. All the angst taken out on things when what we really want to say is "Why couldn't you love ME enough?"

We work hard at changing each other and all we succeed in changing is addresses.

To put a couple of Lennon's lyrics together--"..and in the end, the love...is all we need..."

Thanks for reading and for the thoughtful comment. I'm so glad I totally approve of you, it makes relating so easy and satisfying. =:)


csheal6249 4 years ago

Winsome, this expression you've written about is indicative of house hold living. You've done an awesome job at showing how people value certain things over others. Clearly written and a pleasure to read, Winsome.


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi C, you are working your way to a level 8 commentator judging by your travels. Please write a profile bio so we can know who the gracious commentator is.

Thank you so much for the kind words and visit. =:)


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JBeadle 4 years ago from Midwest

Long time no read, Winsome. I'm very impressed with what you've done at Hubpages! 500+ followers? Wow! Hubnugget award? Well deserved. Poetry? Loving it!

That poem fits for the death of a loved one... reminds me of sorting through my mom's tuff after she passed - which is now over two years ago. But obviously yours is about a different kind of separation.

Very proud of you Winsome and envious! I'll check out more later. I did get employed again and working in IT again so my writing output has dropped. You take care and keep it up!

Your first fan!


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

John my friend, wonderful to hear from you and it is so good to hear you are back at work. We can only take so many life changes at a time and honest labor can help keep us sane. I expect to see some gems from you now that the anchor of steady employment quietens the noise a bit.

Thank you for the gracious words, like an oyster,I'm just trying to fashion treasures out of the bumps and grinds and inexpressible joys life has given me. All in the name of the pearl of great price, I might add. =:)

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