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A Memory

Updated on June 19, 2013

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Memories flood my mind,

Floating through my thoughts,

Some beautiful, some glorious, others more spectacular still.

Vague and somewhat dim appears one not so grand and yet so dear.

A bright red tomato opens at the command of the sharp blade.

A stream of the fruits blood runs down the arm and my eyes follow,

A scarlet drop falls from the wrist but my eyes continue their journey.

I look into her eyes but she ignores my angry gaze.

My little eyes that barely reach above the cool tile sink blaze for attention.

"Why can't I have my way?"

"Why can't I play?"

"No," is all she would say.

"I don't love you anymore," spoke my pouting lips.

My fingers crossed behind my back; my oath they did betray.

Expecting her tears and attention as she turned with hands on hips,

"That's alright," she says, and continues her chores to my dismay.

Flopping down onto the kitchen chair I flush with anger turning crimson red,

For now I am the tomato, sliced to the heart, tears streaming down.

Yes, it's vague and somewhat dim,

But I remember the little tomato in mothers' hands.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      What a creative poem about a child getting angry for not getting his way. This is fun and touching at the same time. Memories are amazing aren't they? Hit many buttons and voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much. My wife told me about the memory and I created it for her. I guess because it reminds me so much of my childhood and my mother it has become one of my favorites.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Powerful ! I like it , We've all been there !......Ed

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks again, Ed. This one has become very personal to me recently. Words, like life, take on a whole new meaning as we accumulate age and experience.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Creative and beautiful and again, bittersweet... What a great woman she was!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Beautifully done!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...a lovely writer you are, Wayne, and life's little nuances and an unforgettable muse often makes our writing special and you make all of your writing special - and I am so glad that we met.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you epigraman. The more friends the Merrier!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Typical childhood situation, well portrayed. I like this very much as it rings so true. Thanks for the follow - off to follow you too.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the friendship and the support, annart.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and I love this poem. Thanks for writing and share with us.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, prasetio30

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Very nice peoem Wayne. Voted up and sharing :).

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you kindly Bake Like a Pro

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Interesting subject--a memory of your wife, interesting perspective. Very nice!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      How I love such little cameos of memory! Your portrayal is so real and vivid, I could almost feel it, though unlike my own childhood experiences.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Nellieanna.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Your mind seemed wholly taken up with reminiscences of past gaiety:)When I recall the bad things that I did when I was little kid really make me smile,How silly I was but how great my woman was:) Voted up

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      This felt so real vivid and perhaps tapped into the memories of most when we did the same thing.. what a wonderful write loved it bro :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you James. I appreciate your visits as always my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good morning Frank. Glad you liked it and glad you stopped by!

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      Erika 3 years ago

      Very Beautiful. She was a wonderful woman, full of such talent! I wish her a Happy Mother's Day up in the stars.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you baby girl!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      To a talented man with talented daughters....how proud you must be...and this poem is simply stunning! I traveled back to my own childhood, just long enough to FEEL the words.........UP+++

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Paula, thank you very much for the compliment to me and my daughters. and yes, I am very proud of them. They are my gems!

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