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Ode To Pamela Jane

Updated on May 1, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Along about the 7th grade, thoughts and feelings changed

I began to notice the girls; at first it seemed rather strange

The curve of the leg, the sway of the hips, movements in time

The soft skin, lips, and eyes; all now seemed so sublime

What do I do with these new feelings; how should I react?

Was it love or just Memorex? I actually did not know, in fact

Like a blind man herding sheep I wrestled with my direction

Totally unaware that my new emotions were related to affection

She was a new girl in school and she was quite a cute looker

Hard to believe that no one yet had stepped up and took her

But my youthful reasoning was flawed; unknowing at any rate

I never stopped to think…she was not yet old enough to date

She never really noticed me for I was invisible in her dark eyes

But I noticed her each time she passed; such a wishful prize

I was in lust or thought it so at the time; miserable up on Cloud 9

I cast fate to the God of Love hoping things changed with time

The gods failed me in my efforts; my infatuation lived on as before

Rekindled with each passing in the hall or her coming through a door

She grew more beautiful with each passing day; everything was right

I was still invisible; hidden far back in the shadows out of her sight

And so it remained like that as the high schools years ticked away

My infatuation held inside for all the years; never a word did I say

Now many decades later; my infatuations being subject to change

I look back and smile at memories of my crush on young Pamela Jane

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

16 September 2012


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      4 years ago from Texas

      @savvydating...As much as things change, things such as this seem to remain the same across the generations! It is probably for the best that we do lack that confidence at such a young age--probably get us in more trouble than we needed! LOL! Thanks much!

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      4 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful advice, Wayne Brown. I'll pass it on to my nephew. It's funny that my nephew is a way because he really is gorgeous. But I like that he doesn't know his "power" quite yet.

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      Wayne Brown 

      4 years ago from Texas

      @savvydating...I shared this with the real "Pamela Jane" a year or so ago--kind of a "bucket list" thing I suppose. Courage eventually comes with age but that does not mean that wished are fulfilled. For all the amazing advancements the world has seen since those high school days, modern science has still accomplished little to overcome shyness. Some advice for the nephew---many of those girls suffer the same shyness as he does--sometimes you just have to take a deep breathe and go for it. Even if it means rejection, that is better that wondering about it for the next 5 decades. I was quite shy in that regard. Many years later, one of my female classmates wrote in my high school annual...."Too bad that you never knew that I had a telephone." Thanks much for the comments and glad you enjoyed the poem. ~WB

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      4 years ago

      Sigh...young love is so sweet. This poem brings to mind my young 14-year old nephew, who is starting to notice girls and develop crushes---but he's oh so shy and hasn't a clue what to do to get a girl's attention. It's really cute. By now, he's had a crush on a couple of pretty Pamela Jane's.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore....It is amazing to look back and remember the agony and ecstacy of pining away with one's unrequited love! LOL! Thanks for sharing, VM! ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Oh I remember grade school so well. I lost my heart a few times to Pamela Janes. I look back now with a smile knowing how lustful I was for these fair maidens. Its funny I didn't really find my first love until I left HS and she was six years older than me at the time. It was fun falling in love or should I say puppy love:-)) Fun write my friend about your Pamela Jane. Loved the video, one of my favourite singers.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23....It might not be as romantic but I'll bet you could make it funny! LOL! I am grinning now just thinking about the possible lines. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      smiled all the way through and still am! First love - how it sticks, eh?

      My first 'love' was in grade 6 and his name was Ronnie..yes..Ronnie..


      20 years later found out he was gay...

      not quite as romantic as yours...xx

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @drbj....That would be her, Doc! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @drbj....That would be her, Doc! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I think I know your beautiful Pamela Jane.

      When last I saw her, she asked, "How's Wayne?"

      Just kidding. :)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Thank you, Chris! Glad to conjure up a few memories for you. ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...She lives in Texas and the last I knew she was still quite the looker. We met on a chance a few years back and I finally shared that crush with was a good laugh for both of us. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was delightful. Wonder where Pamela Jane is today? Passing this on.

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      You had me reminiscing as I read this one, and can so much relate....those were fun times. As always, very well done buddy!


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Eoddwem...Thank you! So glad you liked it. ~WB

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub;I thoroughly enjoyed it and here's to so many more to come.


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince....As soon as I get through all the true stuff, I can begin writing fiction! LOL! Thanks much, Jim! ~WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Been there myself Wayne. I actually made my move years later only to have it turn out badly. That's a whole different sorry :)

      Great poetry. I have come to expect it from you.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48....I think it is truly hilarious when we find out in later life that the person we were so in love with was probably as parnoid about rejection as we were...Thanks for the good words! ~WB

      @rcrumple....That's true! When your love's on the line, you may only get one chance and one of two choices....fulfillment or rejection. Like asking for that first many things going through your head that when she actually says "yes", you cannot believe it! LOL! Thanks much...I think you might have a hub there yourself. ~WB

      @suziecat7....Very of those fond memories. That one to the best of my knowledge is still a looker but the good Lord protected me from a few others that turned out less than hopeful! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      We never forget our first true crush. Great poem, Wayne and enjoyed the video too. Thanks.

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Wayne - You gotta speak up, boy! lol Great poem of love memories. I remember bringing candy and other little tidbits to a girl in the 3rd grade in hopes she'd be my girlfriend. We stayed friends all through high school, but never dated. We had both found others to love. And, yes, this was way back in the 60's! lol Great Job!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      How cute... Doesn't EVERYone remember that first young crush? Sure we do! It's a curious

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Ericdierker....Hmmmm...hit one of those tender spots, did I? I love it! Glad to know I wasn't the only fool in love! LOL! ~WB

      @34th Bomb Group....Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! ~WB

      @Angela Blair....Thanks much, Sis! I guess we all suffered a little at one time or another. ~WB

      @William Young...Wow! I guess we were a generation of deaf mutes when it came to affairs of the heart. Back then, I could handle just about anything but the thought of rejection....wooooo! That was scary! Thanks much! ~WB

      @writer20....Thank you, Joyce. I was looking around for something in the Tom Petty vein when I struck gold with Tom and Stevie. ~WB

      @Glimmer Twin Fan....Ha! Ha! Looks like I've stirred up a hornet's nest of emotions out there. Enjoy! LOL! ~WB

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful...Now I'm thinking about my high school crush...and smiling.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderfully told poem. I love Steve Nicks and thanks for putting that on here.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      William Young 

      6 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      Great hub! In my high school years that girl's name was Julianne. She was the love of my life, but she never knew that. She accidentally spoke to me once on the way out of a classroom, and I carried that moment with me for an entire year! I was too much of a wimp to even speak to her! Your hub brought back all those memories for me!

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Delightful and clever work, Wayne! A place where all of us -- male or female -- have been at one time during our younger years! Best/Sis

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      34th Bomb Group 

      6 years ago from Western New York State

      I enjoyed this - well done!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh if only that your prose did not my heart hit so close.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @SommerDalton...Thanks much....just dusting off a few old things! LOL! ~WB

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      Sommer Dalton 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! Voted up, awesome, and interesting!


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