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Simple Moments

Updated on September 8, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

What memories did I leave in your mind?

Maybe, maybe not, only you can say

Do you still remember my face or name?

Or was it all discarded along the way?

Moments in time seem so important in our past

But they are just moments left behind

Life moves ahead for us and we move along

Seldom reaching back for ties that bind

Love finds us given the time and space to try

But its timing is not always the best

Two people in the same space and time embrace

Yet only in that moment; not the rest

Thoughts of yesterday seemingly from nowhere

Reminding one of those days so far behind

Simple moments yet memories which endure

Brought back anew by just a simple song line

Were those just romantic forks in our life road?

Put there to test our choices; to see where we turn

Landmarks along life’s highway in time

Sometimes in darkness, like a candle they still burn

Maybe it was just the pandering of our youth

Experimenting with our emotions turned asunder

Casually cast away as nothing in their time

Now returning to our mind; causing us to wonder

I guess we were only sailing ships passing in the night

Bound for other destinations in other times

Passing so close yet never quite stopping

Continuing on our plotted path ignoring all the signs

Whatever we were, we will probably never really know

Too much time and life has past us by to really say

Do you really still remember my face or name?

Or was it all discarded along the way?

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @acaetnna....Thank you...just writing what my heart says! WB

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      7 years ago from Guildford

      Simply beautiful. To have loved, truly loved - always will that love be remembered.

      Wonderful words, awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Just Ask Susan...The universe seems to turn on the smallest of things. The slightest shift of weight changes the directions of the future and the course of life. I think that is the part that causes us to look back and remember....and sometimes wonder "what if". WB

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Memories of past loves are so special to hang onto and I often wonder if I am remembered as fondly as I remember them. Beautiful poem!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @haikutwinkle...Thanks much. Old memories sometimes have a way of shaping themselves toward the fond side of our bias. I suppose that makes them more palatable! LOL! Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

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      7 years ago

      Carpe Diem!

      Living in the moment

      Taking time in the now

      Enjoy the day ;)

      Nice poem!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Poohgranma...Oh yes..."Unanswered Prayers"...I have been to a few reunions when I realized the meaning of that song...very clearly! LOL! Thanks much. WB

      @dahoglund...Yes, it is part of the landscape of life I am afraid...will be here as long as mankind in here. WB

      @drbj...So true, Doc and my ship has run aground a few times and needed repairs! LOL! WB

      @Hypenbird....Thank you. You speak of exactly what I was hoping to capture with this one. Glad to hear that we all suffer from the condition. WB

      @breakfastpop...When you are mad, Poppy...that's when you really second guess your previous choices! LOL! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Amen to that, Amen! WB

      @RealHousewife...Your prediction seems to be accurate based on the comments which have come in. Thanks much! WB

      @saddlerider1...Yes, I have experienced a very myself but reflecting back there always seemed to be a reason that things did not fall in place. People have a way of being on different timetables. WB

      @fiddleman...Thanks much...certainly close to mine! WB

      @marellen...Thank you, so glad you liked it! WB

      @suziecat7...I think you are right. There certainly are few moments in mine which have faded. Eventually they all return for one reason or another. Usually it an enjoyable memory. WB

      @Suburban Poet...Oh yes, many tears have been shed by women all over the world for me! LOL! Thanks much! WB

      @Truckstop Sally..."Do Overs" might be interesting and then again, we might just mess everything up even moreso! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      I think we remember all our encounters. And when we are mad at the one we're with our memory sharpens drastically! Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is indeed lovely and dings the heart with longing, regret and wondering. I often go "there" and wonder just what you wrote. Wow. Just an amazing read.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      You reminded me, Wayne, with this beautiful poetry that we are all at times like those sailing ships of old, Sailing past rocky shoals to reach the shore and whatever promise it may hold.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Well told.Too many times I fear.

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      7 years ago from On the edge

      heart aching, looking back sometimes .. but don't forget that song, "Unanswered Prayers" ;)

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      WB - This is lovely poetry. I think our past very much makes us who we are. Memories cannot truly be discarded. We are all touched by others and we affect others too -- by our actions and words. Sadly, when we are young and immature, we make poor choices - often behaving selfishly or impulsively. But do-overs are few and regrets are often counter-productive. Every day that we are blessed with a new sunrise, we have the opportunity to improve our lives and those with whom we come in contact.

      I love the video too. The sound of water is refreshing and cleansing. I think of rain as heaven's tears of joy.

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      Mark Lecuona 

      7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I guarantee she remembers you... You're too deep for her to not remember the swim to the bottom of the sea man...

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      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I don't think any encounter is ever discarded. They make us who we are and who we become. The older I get the more I remember. I guess life unfolds as it should. Wonderful musings.

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      7 years ago

      Love it Wayne and I think we can all relate to this. It certainly had me remembering past loves....

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      7 years ago

      Great writing Wayne on a subject that is close to all our hearts.

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      7 years ago

      Simply beautiful, I enjoyed this so much, listening and reading over and over again. It took me back in my time, to the encounters I had, shared, loved and departed to seek another adventure in time,another chapter in my unwritten book of life experiences.

      Yet I remember so fondly many ladies who walked in and out of my life, we had fond moments, shared dreams together, looked to our futures together, yet never ever materialized into a solid foundation. When one finally did, it crumbled after 18 years, one could ask how can that be?

      Is it me? well I asked myself that question time and time again and found the solution. Yes it was mainly me, I was not surrounded by a loving family as a boy and I truly believe today that had an impact on my destiny, my encounters with ladies and marriages. I had to come to realize that I had to stay single, I was one of the UNLOVED of the world, therefore how could I possibly share it truly, when I really didn't know what it was.

      Great write Wayne and the video accompanied it was fit for the words, we all have secrets, that was mine. In order to give love and show love, you must have it in your own heart before you can share it with others. Now I reflect and accept my destiny and journey in my life.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - this was everything but funny. So true we rarely do think about these things - yet this actually I bet, makes everyone who reads it reflect for a moment.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A sad song far too many of us have had to sing.

      Well done, Wayne!


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