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Key to my memory

Updated on July 6, 2013
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Under lichen covered stone

in its hard cold place

the key

brass worn green

lay sleeping

to gulls song

waiting for me

but no longer needed.

Wooden gate

hanging from one hinge

brass worn green

white flaked paint

sand blasted smooth

by ocean breeze

from path beyond

to our sea

green sea

under white flaked moon

where we danced

barefoot and free

leaving prints soon hidden

under high tide dune

and swam in waves

of white flaked foam

where your hair

was braided

in the deeps green grass

brass worn green

like your eyes

I remember

sinking into as we waded

in the jade moon tide

promising under

a key and a kiss

that we would always

meet here

under this hard cold place




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      shanmarie 14 months ago

      I like to go back every now and then and see what I've missed from the past. This is a good one, for sure. Glad I found it - even if it is a few years late! Better late than never, right? LOL.

      Green just happens to be my favorite color, so you had my attention there. Although, the green of old brass maybe not so much. I like emeralds and hunter. . .deep rich greens. Anyway, the green and the white contrast in this poem is brilliant and effective. The picture is stunning, too. Did it inspire the poem? To me, it has a haunting quality to it.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the nice compliments Bobbi!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Awesome--I could feel the heat, emotions rising and the desire of the words not spoken. Great poem.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the visit and the kind words Lurana.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I love the sensory images...they add much tangible character. Truly excellent writing. ~Lurana

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Why, thank you, Wayne. I guess I'm just the eclectic kind of sampler. I truly enjoy sampling variety and contrast, & I especially admire those who can effectively contrive & write across the board, as you do, when it's obvious that some of it just comes from a vivid imagination, not merely writing about what you know about. It says a lot about your wide range of talents, besides just excellent writing. (You must be a Gemini, if not as sun sign, then 'in there' somewhere.)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you so much, Frank.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The beauty and intrigue of the sea. It always seems to draw one there...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this was very well written wayne barrett.. awesome man

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Valleypoet.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I'm trying, Wayne (I still have notifications buried from months ago that I'm 'working on'... I don't know if I know HOW to catch up... lol)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks again Cat. Looks like you're doing some catching up.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I love poems connected to the sea...this was very visually impressive..great job:-))

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      I absolutely love what you've done here... I was so lost in the piece for a moment, I had to refer back to confirm the connections. Simply loved it, you truly create some magic whenever you lift that artist hand :D

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Nellieanna. You're a dear to stop by my hub and leave such wonderful compliments and feedback. I've found that when I notice I have comments and then I see your name, I get excited. I truly admire your work and the fact that, whether I am penning on the inspirational side, or the creepy side, you do not shy away, and you seem to really take in what I am expressing, (although I'm sure that is at times hard to discern.)

      Again, I thank you. -Wayne

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Docmo. I appreciate hearing kind words from such a talented poet as yourself.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Great imagery. Enjoyed.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Captivating, Wayne. The sense of a dream-like reality almost seen through a pane of green glass somehow occurs to me, though it's presumptuous, I'm sure. Your weaving of a warp of color and a weft of flaking is what teases and intrigues my fancy, along with the romantic key elements! You're so good at painting with words!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you very much Anna.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again Kathryn.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      The imagery painted by thee words is eerily real, it pulls the reader in through those sand blasted, flaking, shiny white and jade ... i love those last lines ' that we would always , meet here, under this cold hard place. beautiful.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      A great use of recurrent colours and also vibrant full imagery. Anna

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you cleaner.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey, my number one fan; Thank you Beth.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Jackie.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Faith.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tony, thanks again for stopping by my friend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I really enjoyed the imagery, and the way the lines were repeated in a way that still made sense. The photo is also very pretty.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      beautiful imagery Wayne .. like the flow.. and words .

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Awesome as always...

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the way you weave back and forth between green and white, Wayne. Beautiful!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Amazing poetry here, Wayne. Yes, your words do paint visually so well. Lovely imagery.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nice imagery, with well painted words. Congrats Wayne. On fire today!