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Essence of Youth

Updated on November 6, 2011


used with permission. Strangford Louch, Co. Down
used with permission. Strangford Louch, Co. Down | Source

Sunday Morning Thoughts

These are my Sunday morning memories of a very special friend, a soul mate, who is as precious to me today as he was so many years ago. I was the luckiest girl to have met him, and I am still the luckiest girl, to still know him. I hope you enjoy.

White Christmas

Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough | Source

White Christmas

Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough | Source

White Christamas

the lough at night
the lough at night | Source

Christmas morning

Christmas morning. Strangford Lough
Christmas morning. Strangford Lough | Source

Friendship and Love

Images of love lie next to me on my pillow

Memories of the scent of you linger still

We were friends you and I

From the very beginning of time

Our journey spent together was sublime

Do you remember the walk in the park?

I still do, arms entwined eating an ice-cream

Yours was chocolate flavoured, mine vanilla

The swans on the lake, necks held high

Cygnets frolicking on the lake side

Some black feathers but beautiful

Others pretty colours of grey

A sunny day to remember still

Sipping delicious Columbian coffee from pretty cups

Yours was cappuccino, mine was latte

You had chocolate sprinkles, mine made from skinny milk

How we laughed as our hair touched

Our eyes sparkled like lovers engorged, together

But our friendship meant so much more

Innoncent and pure, just a white aura

Everyone thought we were a couple

Such delight we shared in each other’s company

Do you remember our days on the shore?

I still do, sand between our toes

Wind in our hair, ripples of ice cold water over our feet

A sunny day to remember

Christmas time great moments to treasure,

we made a challenge not to spend more than £5.00 each,

The one who could buy the most for £5.00 was the winner.

You searched all the low cost shops,

I searched the market, flea it was called.

Do you remember the blue elephant?

I still do, you said it was filled with love,

It would forever keep me safe.

The aroma of Christmas turkey,

the temptation of after dinner mints.

You ate until you couldn’t move and I laughed

I ate my fill of you, and was oh so glad,

that we never crossed the boundaries of friends and lovers.

The crescendo of flashing lights,

that was Bonfire night, 5th November each year.

we walked the town alone you and I.

Do you remember the children’s laughter?

I still do, they made me smile.

Arm in arm we stood in awe

of all the beautiful colours,

the Catherine wheels and rockets,

the simple little sparkler held in a child’s hand too,

true friendship, it never died.

You gave me away on my wedding day

dressed in your smart grey suit with the pink tie,

twenty five years ago, and I love you still.

A friendship over twenty five years did span

you and I together shared as one.

Do you remember the one night at the cinema?

I still do, you ate that disgusting hot dog with tomato sauce

I shared my popcorn,

and my heart with you.

The chilling night air when we left

stung my cheek, and you offered me your scarf.

You walked me home although it was only around the corner.

I still remember your smile,

always happy just like a child’s, simple and pure.

We almost broke the boundaries of friendship,

You and I, but I am so glad we didn’t, my one true love.


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    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful Thebluestar. What beautiful pictures you have taken that go perfectly with this beautiful written poem. Such a wonderful tribute to love.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      What a Beautiful Read of BlueStar in Love, and it sounds like Forever to Me. I Loved it, and gave it my Vote UP!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Annette, your golden memories are truly to be treasured. This is an evergreen poem, revealing the feelings of many-many in this world. Voted up and beautiful.

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      6 years ago

      ...well my most fabulous BLUE STAR - you truly are one of the brightest stars in my sky - absolutely adore your new picture (some day - perhaps - epi will get a 'girl' in his picture as pretty as you) and love your writing here - so heartfelt and endearing - just like the lady who wrote it - actually it's one of my favorites by you and so very worthy of a posting to my Facebook page with a direct link back here .....lake erie time ontario canada 10:09am and please give my best to your 'Gordon'

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      mar, my dear talented and beautiful friend. As far as friends go, you are one of the best. My morning coffee and my soft pillow at night. Without you in my life, I am just an empty shell. Love ya girlfriend. x

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      movie master, you are welcome to my little space in hub land. Maria speaks fondly of you, and I am so pleased to have the chance to get to know you. Thank you for reaching out. I will visit shortly.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Mike, if I have provided just a glimpse of friendship my friend, then I bow to the master of friendship, and will be visiting Emerald Wells Cafe for my breakfast again. We have many many lovely friends who visit daily.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ruby, thank you hunnie for the lovely comment. You are a truly talented lady and I am the one who appreciates all you write. Take care.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Sal, how are you hunnie. Thank you for the lovely comment. True friends are as precious as diamonds. And we all know that diamonds are a girls best friend lol

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hillybillyzen, thank you for stepping into my corner of hub land. I am so pleased that my story telling could help you to visualise my friend. Did you see his sparkling Blue eyes? lol

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Cardissa my dear friend. I just could never imagine life without this person popping up all the time. He has played every role imaginable in my life, from friend to my son's Godfather. He is truly precious.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My dear friend Mary, little did we realise when we first met, that such a wonderful friendship has happened as to stretch the length of time. Thank you for your lovely comment.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Becky, thank you for stopping by. I so agree with you. We all have friends, but the going gets tough how many stay the distance?

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Annette, Net, & bluestar,

      Some relationships are just "right"... as is, man, have you bottled it up neatly in this expressive package.

      Love the flowing story and the woman behind these words.

      Voted UP & ABI, don't change a minute, Hugs,Maria.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful introduction to your writing...

      A beautiful and moving verse for a beautiful relationship.

      Thank you, best wishes MM

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You show us a glimpse of a rare and beautiful human condition, true lifelong friendship. Thank you

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This one made me feel warm and fuzzy. You write so well. True friendship ( The soul mate kind ) is precious. Thank you..

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      "true friendship"

      Beautiful verse for such a beautiful relationship!

    • Hillbilly Zen profile image

      Hillbilly Zen 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      This gave me goosebumps, but from warmth, not a chill. I was blessed to have a friend like this too, and your beautiful words have conjured him as clearly as a photograph. Thank you. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Memories of beautiful moments and, the memories are now history. A history of two hearts and souls that have surpassed journeys and testing to come out still...soul mates.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Mary thank you my dear friend. It is lovely to have a soul mate. We were so close to stepping over the boundary, but I am so glad we didn't.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Becky I am truly honoured to still be his friend and soul mate. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      How wonderful to have know a friend like this. You were very fortunate indeed. Nice..voted UP, etc.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      So amazing to have a friend like that. We don't get many.


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