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The Reunion - A Poem

Updated on October 18, 2011

The Reunion

Senior class

Fifty years

Familiar face

Remembered tears

...

“This is Tom”

Shake his hand

Handsome face

Wedding band

...

Rainy night

Long ago

Kissed your lips

Loved you so

...

Later years

Junior Prom

"Cannot go

Promised Tom"

...

Flowers sent

Can you go?

Senior Prom

"Sorry, no"

...

Passing years

Different roads

Separate ways

Heavy loads

...

Fifty years

Slipped away

yet it seems

Like yesterday

...

Greet old friends

Move along

Slap a back

Sing a song

...

Passing glance

Across the floor

Just old friends

Nothing more

...

Lovely still

Little dove

Wish you well

Wish you love

...

Senior class

Fifty years

Familiar face

Goodbye my dear.

 

 

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Crafty!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Beautiful and very touching!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Phyllis,

      Lost loves are the most remembered, even when they probably would never have survived.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A far different style from yours, but yes, I do write a little poetry now and then. Try this:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Ode-to-the-Sonoran...

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Will. Thanks to Audrey I saw this in the news feed. Great poem that brings back a lot of memories in my own life during school days. I like the poem and enjoyed reading it.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You write poetry too! Wow!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      You're ever so welcome Willy ;)

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you for the comment, Abby.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      hmmm that's just the way life is Will, doesn't always turn out as we want it to but you know what? LIFE GOES ON.

      Thanks for sharing

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, shiningirisheyes!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Will - So bittersweet and two ships that just never passed. This one brought tears to my eyes. I so enjoy your poetry.

      Voting up

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      I missed this one, Will but I can see you have the ability to twist poetry just as you do the tall tales! Good stuff...I'm catching up! WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Levertis Steele!

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      I am choking with tears. It is amazing how you pack so much imagery and feelings in those short lines. Crafty!

      I learn things about men that I did not know when I was young. Men have real emotions! Men hurt, too.

      During my childhood I only saw one man cry--my dad. A car fell on him. I was young and just wanted him to stop crying because men did not cry. It was years later that it dawned on me that he was physically hurt.

      I enjoyed it--the poem.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Audrey. It's a reflection on life.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I loved this! There is a sweetness and vulnerability about it that speaks to me!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Coach! I'll come by and visit!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Will - I'm linking this poem to my latest poem about fear. Hugs.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Sunshine625,

      They are both disappointing and fun at the same time.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very memorable Will :) My class recently had their 30th reunion in NY. I didn't fly up for it. No regrets.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Ebower, and thank you!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I love the rhythm of this poem! I voted this up and beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Diana, and thank you. I was impressed by some of your comments. Now I need to read your hubs.

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Beautiful poem, Will. It makes my heart ache...although not for anyone in particular in my far past.

      It's so sad your "loosely based" lady has gone through so much. Why is it that some people are so tested and tested and put through the wringer, and others just have a seemingly smooth sailin' life? I just don't get it.

      The flow of this poem is wonderful. Your words are wonderful. ...and it's an easy read...short, (bitter)sweet and to the point. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us, man with the golden pen!

      May peace be in your heart...always,

      Diana

      P.S. Thank you so much for the follow. I am privileged and honored. (:

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Twin!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Will-This hub so touched my heart. I think anyone reading this went back to that time. A time that lives on in our hearts forever. Your last line in the poem was painful but so true. I also loved your song video too. Talk about just making your poem even more powerful and sad:( LOL

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Mrs. J. B.!

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Will: So tender, so moving.... I had thoughts of the days gone by... This touched my heart. Thanks

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Bittersweet beauty. Right there with everybody-- Got Maggie- May's goosebumps and vocalcoach's split-lip w/laughter, and feeling everything everybody else is--you can so, so write!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, Ron.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hi, Will,

      Guess I should have finished the story. No, I tried many times as we grew. She was always "nice" to me, but I never won her over. Right now she's somewhere "out there" but I have no idea. She did set the bar, though, and nobody else has ever gotten past it, unfortunately.

      But, again, Will, beautiful poem, and I really liked the photograph at the beginning.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, SubRon!

      Can we assume you won her over? :-)

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Beautiful poem, Will. Yeah, there's always that one girl. I first met her in the first grade, I was in second. I fell in love with her on sight and have never changed my mind.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      There's always that one, PabstPenrose.

      Thank you.

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      PabstPenrose 6 years ago from Dardenne Prairie , Missouri

      I haven't really been in to poetry until recently after reading ones like this. Great flow to it. And I guess I can kind of relate, though I am young. There's always going to be that one girl from High School that I'll never forget.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, toknowinfo!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Your poetic words so nicely express a universal experience. Beautifully written, as always.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you TCM Specialist!

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      TCM Specialist 6 years ago from Glassboro, New Jersey

      AWESOME - Love it! voted up with a dash of beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you shimmering Dawn!

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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Beautiful. The flow the rhythm and the raciness fit so well with the theme ... God Bless!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you stars

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice, and true. GBY. Beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Lesleysherwood!

      It certainly does.

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      Lesleysherwood 6 years ago

      Love this poem. Makes you realise how quick it all goes though!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Twin

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      This poem touches the heart and flushes so many memories of old friends and loves. I love the picture you chose to use here, it fit perfect.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi acaetnna and that's a fine compliment coming from a great writer like you!

      Have you ever read 'Goodbye Tomorrow'?

      I'd like your opinion.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Gosh this is so wonderful Will. What a great way to tell a story in a poetic way. You are a very talented writer.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Bella.

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      Will, this was just awesome and brillant! I had my 10 year reunion did not attend sad face :(, but I have reunited with many many friends and at the time boys that crushed but I know this feeling and can relate....

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Cardisa, and thank you!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Will, I loved this, easy to read, very lovely.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi vocalcoach, and thank you.

      We'll be praying for your full recovery.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow!!!! Fantastic poem. Love the short style. How do you do that? My high school sweet heart contacted me a few years ago and we enjoyed sharing memories. He is married, of course, but it is always an amazing thing to hear from your first love. You are, Will, pure genious! I must be sure to read more of your work. Thank you so very much. I am such a fan! Rated up and awesome. :)vocalcoach

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi skellie and thank you!

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      skellie 6 years ago from Adelaide

      Memories of the past, expressed so well :)

      Beautiful WillStarr. I will return to read more of your work. Thankyou for the follow, i am now following you.

      Beautiful and up one

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Michael.

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Great stuff WillStarr. Really like this.

      Michael.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you!

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      dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Can't we all relate to that. Wonderful poem and pretty much says it all.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Docmo,

      I'm in awe of your own talent.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Wow a lifetime of friendship and lost loves in succinct verse. so much said with so little. well chosen words, lovely rhythm and gentle melancholy throughout. beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Granny's House!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Will, great poem. The video was cool too

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks toknowinfo!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great poem. I feel like I was at that reunion. Love your style of writing. Rated up and beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you kaltopsyd!

      By all means, read on!

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      kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I REALLY like this poem!!!! I read it twice! haha. I see you have some short stories here to. I'll have to come back and read more. :) Keep up the good work!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      LOL!

      Thanks Ghost.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Straight to the heart as usual, Will. Rings a few bells, too--except for the prom part. The girls in my small town knew me far too well to even consider tolerating my personality for an entire prom night.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you sligobay, for the kind comments.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Letting go of the past with reverie and nostalgia has been done through wonderful melodic verse. I enjoyed the read.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks you mslizzee, and yes, I have a lovely wife.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      This poem brings tears. Did you ever find a true love?

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you pol1ce!

      (Famous? More like infamous!)

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      Paulo Pta 6 years ago from the Right Place

      So many comments, Sir you are Famous, Cheers

      Ah! Nice poem!

      Voted Beatiful

      ;)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Sunnie Day!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Really nice poem..very sweet.

      Sunnie

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you twentyfive!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Simply beautiful! :)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Twilight Lawns!

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      This works nicely. Very evocative. I liked it.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks gr82bme.

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Very nice as always

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Ben

      The 'goodbye' is the final acceptance of love and fate.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Its amazing how, as time goes on, certain memories simply never fade.

      And how the feelings can arise over and over, no matter the stretch of time.

      Back in middle school, I had a 3 year crush on a classmate, and we always remains friends and nothing more. I still remember it like yesterday, and every time I see her, it's like no time has passed...

      "Goodbye my dear" at the end makes me feel like it's the last time you will ever see her. Its just a nice poem, and makes me think.

      Thanks Will

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Epi.

      The honor is all mine.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well Mr. Starr, in your profile picture there, you look like you just got out of high school ......and this is my 'reunion' with you catching up on a wonderful story of memories in poem form - it doesn't get much better than this - and thanks for your support - your comments always make my day!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      I think you touch something in all of us with this one...those little memories of special times in life that seem to linger in the mind posing "what if" questions along the way. Thanks for sharing, Will! Good Stuff...up and awesome! WB

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks coach!

      Coming from someone who writes so beautifully, I consider that quite an honor!

      And yes, sometimes the attraction of an old flame was strictly physical beauty, and the years can play hell on physical beauty, so if their personality sucked, they have nothing left.

      (Of course, I'm still pretty as ever!) :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Will - I shed a tear as I read each line of your outstanding, very clever poem...then I read on to the comments and when I came across your line, "Of course you can also meet an old flame and go away breathing a sigh of relief! ;-)"...I just about split my lip with laughter. This poem should be published!!! Just love it.

      Voted up and beautiful and awesome. You've done it again wonderful Will!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for the comment justom!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      This is great Will, I try not to attend the past any more than I have to, it's a sad place. Peace!! Tom

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks Paul!

      (BTW, when I was a small boy in Iowa, the next door neighbor boy was named Paul Larson)

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      Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

      I haven't made it to my 50th yet, but felt similar feelings at my 20th. Thank you for the reminder of those days. -Paul

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Hey Will! Another great poem. I tell you what, you are a great poet. Small lines rhyming so good, that is not easy. Great song by the way as well. Take care Will!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Thanks for your wonderful poem! I worked for years in the development office of my high school. One of my jobs was helping classmates plan reunions. Always bittersweet. Wonderful tales of marriages and babies, but also sad stories of problems and early deaths. And silly, but rumors often flew/grew around those who didn't show.