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Must You Go...So Soon?

Updated on September 2, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Must you up and leave so soon?

I’ve enjoyed your company this afternoon

The tea and the talk; the joy and laughter

It will be a time I will remember long after

I see so few people these days

Seems they're lost in their own ways

There’s not time to visit; no time for friends

Day is not quite over when a new one begins

Take time to smell the flowers

Mama reminded us in those rushed hours

Breathe deep of life; savor the minutes as they fly

Don’t run through it and let it pass you by

Us folks have that humanly ability

To find the joy in the things that we see

Gaze upon the moments that time brings to you

And know that they are rare, precious and few

Your company is a thrill and such a delight

I could sit right here and talk with you all night

Drinking in the joys of friendship and happiness

Shoving out the quiet hours and the loneliness

Must you up and leave so soon?

Why you only arrived here just after noon

Keep your seat and stay; have another cup of tea

Let’s enjoy our time here together, just you and me

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @stessily...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it. We don't share those moments as much as people...too busy checking Facebook and Twitter to see if someone we don't know is looking for us...missing out on the ones that we do know. Conversation will soon be a lost art...what a shame. WB

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      6 years ago

      Wayne Brown, Such a wistful reminder of the joy of simple things, of camaraderie, of "touching base" and enjoying the moments without watching the time.

      I love this observation: "Gaze upon the moments that time brings to you."

      Well done.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @femmelflashpoint...Thank you...Iguess I get lucky. We do create some ripples and they can be good for others. WB

      @samiaali...Thank you, so glad you liked this one. WB

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      6 years ago

      Hey WB, This beautiful poem helps to remind us that we spend so much time rushing around that we often don't stop long enough to enjoy important time with those we love. I will remember this poem the next time I almost forget! Very beautiful! :)

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      6 years ago


      Another sterling poem that's moving and motivating.

      One tossed pebble sends out loads of ripples in a pond of possibilities.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Movie Master...They might be. My mom and dad both were so strong at holding their tongue because they didn't want to be a bother. My dad made many visits to nursing homes to entertain. He was soberingly familiar with the condition of people there and the hunger in their eyes. It was a heart-breaking day when we had to take him there as well. His mind was still good but stroke had stolen all that was left of his physical dignity in the end. I could see it in his eyes the first time I visited him there. I'll never forget that. WB

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This made me think about my Dad, are these his thoughts when I visit him in the nursing home...

      This poem is simply beautiful, thank you.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Yes that is the is not about romance so much as companionship and sharing...that is what we are losing slowly as electronics take over our ability to communicate and be together.

      @Storytellerus...Security, Security! LOL! WB

      @Phyllis Doyle...So glad I could touch that emotions for you Phyllis. Cherish your time remaining with your mom. I went through a similar process with my father a couple of years back and I so wish for just a few more minutes with him at times. WB

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wayne, this is a lovely poem and so meaningful to me right now. Thank you so much for such a reminder of time spent with a loved one or friend is so precious. With my Mother not doing well (she has only a short time left with us) this poem of yours touched my heart in a good way and lifted my spirit.

      Up and Beautiful

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      6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Just put my youngest back on the plane. I totally get this. Thanks.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      We just need to slow down and make time for what(and who) is important. This poem makes me think of several Jim Croce songs - not any romance -- but the idea of Time in a Bottle ( or A Long Time Ago or Photographs and Memories . . . Thanks for reminding us of simpler times.

      If you haven't already read it, Sunnie Day's hub (inspired by you) is beautiful too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @truthfornow...So very true. We need to lay our own selfishness aside and share with others with real voices and eye contact rather than a text message. WB

      @Senoritaa...I wanted to write this from a perspective of a person who was isolated and lonely...longing for that human contact. Hope I achieved it. WB

      @Rosemay50...Elderly care faciities are very "sobering" places which echo with the loneliness of forgotten hearts. As a people, we are better than that I believe. Yes, there are those who really need the professional care but to put people there and forget them writing it all off to one's busy life is to wish the same upon yourself. We were put here to care about one another first and foremost and that fails the test. Thanks much. WB

      @breakfastpop...I am with you Poppy. A text message is something I expect from the wife when she needs that loaf of bread from th grocery. What a shame that our older generations have to learn our tricks to stay in touch with us. One day, we all become that generation and we all suffer the same destiny. We could change that if we think about it. WB

      @Dim Flaxenwick...I think it happened to America somewhere in the 60's. We lost the family unit...the nuclear family. We traded it for friends and selfish priorities then called ourselves too busy and important to spend time on trival matters. The yuppie generation of the 80's increased that effect so that we were not only busy but spent little time on things that were not "in". Now we put our elderly out of sight so our conscience does not hurt and we can tell ourselves they are being cared for much better. Regardless of the level of care, it does nothing to take away the loneliness and isolation of being cut off from family. We are better as humans than that result. WB

      @Just Ask Susan...So true! I have old friends back home that I while away hours with on each visit...they are always there and always so interesting to see. Thanks. WB

      @SilverGenes...You are so very welcome and thanks much for stopping by! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...I too never had much time for visiting family, etc., until I got involved in geneaology. Then, there were so many questions and so many reasons to see these people and talk. I got a little crazy with it for a long obsession!LOL! My mom always complained about visiting but she always had the best time of all of them...interesting! WB

      @Nell Rose...I think the one thing I fear of age is the loneliness and isolation. People treat you differently as if your mind is gone and you have nothing of interest to share with them. John Prine touched my heart with a song, "Hello In There" which touched on that very subject. It brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it. God bless you for those little moments with your mum. WB

      @mary615...Thank you. I am so glad that you took the time to read it too! WB

      @writer20...Thank you! WB

      @RealHousewife...Thanks very much, Kelly. Glad you liked it! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @My Minds Eye53...Back before there were too many telephones, folks just lived in anticipation of unexpected visitors...they would just show up and surprise you. The house was always kept as if someone was coming any minute. Interesting time. WB

      @Becky Katz...We are losing our conversation skills along with our writing and spelling skills mostly as a result of the this "cavemanish" texting which seems to be the basis of conversation these days. There are oh so many relatives who are now gone that I would like to have a long conversation with to know more of my own family. Things die with people and what a shame we let it happen. We should all be going to family reunions, etc. and gathering this information to carry it to the future.WB

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      6 years ago

      I'm reading this along with the comments as I listen to the music and I have to say, the experience gives me the warm fuzzies. I remember days when we always had something like cookies or little cakes on hand for visitors and the time spent together was a pleasure, not just an afterthought or obligation. Now, we may be scheduling ourselves right out of real life. Thank you for the tea and the wake up call ;-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There is nothing like connecting with friends, sitting and enjoying each others company. Beautiful poem!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Beautiful, all so true. Loved the video.

      What´s happened to us as a species? Sorry, that´s a bit of a deep question? l´m sure you know what l mean.

      Think l´ll throw the question to Cagsil, l´m sure he´ll have hours of fun answering it.

      Thank you for the reminders of days l miss. So Sweet.

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      6 years ago

      What a beautiful piece of writing. Imagine a face to face visit! How unique. Today most people opt for the quick text, something I deplore. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great piece.

      When I worked in a care home for the elderly, there were those that never received a visit, and those that had rare visits would talk about them for weeks. A visit can mean so much and bring so much joy. It is sad to see someone just forgotten about.

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Its true. We all in our busy lives often tend not to pause for a while, and enjoy the small joys. There is no time to breathe in today's fast paced life, and your poem is an inspiration for enjoying the fragrance of the companionship of people around us. Great work!

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      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Beautiful. I read this from Sunnie Day writing a poem you inspired. Everyone needs to take some time and visit and appreciate our friends and family. Captured the moment and everything it means perfectly.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi WB - yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about!

      Voted up and all that:)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful poem, voted up and beautiful.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      So glad I took the time to read this. Very moving and sweet, and SO true.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I remember doing this with my mum, just turning up and sitting drinking tea, laughing at everything, and taking home a bag of cakes and rolls, we should always appreciate those little moments, as they are soon gone, wonderful poem, you said it perfectly, nell

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      I am one of those - caught up in myself... Just no longer in the mood to visit friends and relatives. But I have to do it from time to time and then, to my surprise, I enjoy the outing.

      Wayne, you've once again managed to provoke the relevant emotions. One can write a story with this poem as the theme. Voted up, touching and definitely to ponder. Thanks.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Like Sunnie and My Mind's Eye, I miss the visiting days. People are so busy that they do not have time to relax. Right now, our vehicle is broken and we do not have a way to get around. We really would like to have visitors or go somewhere just to get out of the house, but no one has time. Our oldest son would but he doesn't have a vehicle either. Oh well, I guess things will work out. They have before.

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      My Minds Eye53 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      I miss those days when we used to go to someones house to just visit. Now it seems we need more of a reason than just visiting.

      I remember sitting with my grandma on her porch until late into the night laughing and telling stories.

      Voted up sir.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Sunnie Day...You certainly captured the spirit of it with that visit to your parents. We get so caught up in ourselves these days, we let others fall to the weigh side. It takes little effort to do as you did and as you feel so good afterwards. That's the spirit of humanity. WB

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Dear Wayne,

      This was so sweet! It just confirmed my feelings this evening. I was so tired and had given my parents a call. It is so cold and they have been inside..kind of bored..maybe a bit lonely. I hung up the phone thinking just go over and visit for awhile. I pulled out the left over apple pie and headed over. We sat and enjoyed warmed apple pie and coffee. Just that little bit of time warmed all our hearts..I am still tired but now I am tired and happy..Thank you for such a lovely hub,



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