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...Moments to Remember

Updated on January 4, 2019

By: Wayne Brown

A light sprinkle of snow fell on the night of my birth

A rare and enchanting sight in that spot there on earth

Mom always reminds me of that birth time in December

She says that it was a special moment to remember

Grandmother said I’d go to school to study medicine

Admittedly I was smart but not near as smart as Edison

But off to college I went…I was the first family member

Got my degree in four years, a moment to remember

And then came Vietnam and war’s dreaded curtain call

My mama cried; my daddy told me to stand straight and tall

Off to be an officer and flyer in the late days of December

My family praised those achievements…moments to remember

Love found me on the coast; we formed our marriage bond

Thirteen years and two children; a family living as one

Then divorce arrived and tore up all that could be rendered

Painful moments to endure; moments still remembered

With marriage, military, and war on the long road behind me

I set upon a decade alone; no chains therein to bind me

A time of mistrust and fear that doused love’s little ember

Moments spent quite alone; moments to remember

For a decade I lived in a small circle without an end

Then when I was not looking, I found a special friend

She was that special one; a love my heart to render

Not to be alone again; a special moment to remember

My parents lived long; my sweet mother is still alive

Dad died at eighty-three; mom will soon be eighty-five

At times I hear dad playing his fiddle in slow timbre

The times I remember him here…moments to remember

Life has been good to me; a bit rough here and there

I’ve had some bad but the good is the weighted share

When the time comes to end my life journey’s splendor

I can look back and see those moments to remember

Perhaps it will lightly snow on the day that is my last

The moment that I can look back and see life has passed

That tiny second when the spark leaves the cinder

Will my life be forgotten or be a moment to remember?

©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

5 April 2013

© 2013 Wayne Brown


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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Thanks much, my friend. I do appreciate the good words. ~WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Excellent! Maybe one of my favorites from you, and YOU have so many great ones.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @sunflowerforests...So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you! ~WB

      @drbj...Thanks much, Doc. I did mean it that way...but I never thought it enough. ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      So tender and so beautiful, Wayne, and a tribute whether you meant it or not to your two loving parents.

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      8 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      Hey this is awesome. Love the way it feels.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @wayne barrett....Thank you for those kind words, Wayne. I tend to go with the inspiration that I feel in my heart at the moment. If the verse does not touch me, I doubt that it will touch others either. ~WB

      @The Frog Prince....A powerful praise, Jim. I'll have to struggle to live up to all that. I am really glad to find a poetic piece that touches you as I know poetry is not something that grabs your attention easily. Thanks much for the good words my Friend. ~WB

      @Faith Reaper...Tears are a high compliment. Certainly this piece was meant to touch the heart but the only one I expected would cry was my sister. Thank you for those goods words. ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for sharing. ~WB

      @SassySue1963...Thank you. I go with my inspirations. All I had to start was the phrase "moments to remember". With that I started building verses and this was the end result...first cut. Thank you! ~WB

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      8 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to the life lived and yet to come, ending with that eternal question. What lies beyond this life and all it's moments? Do we hold them forever with us? Splendidly done!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Passing this on.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Wayne,

      This is so beautifully touching, one cannot help but to cry at the beauty of your written words here of life as it passes along and takes us to those places.

      So lovely. Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      The Frog Prince 

      8 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - I don't cry often but having read and watched and listened to this more than once I weep for humanity itself. Very powerful and humbling. Sometimes we forget what we're about and how precious our life is. Peace.


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      The Frog Prince 

      8 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Brother of mine. To know you is to love you my friend. I have the pleasure of actually knowing you, getting close to you and learning who you are and what you are made of. You my friend are quality. If the world forgets you I sure wouldn't.

      The Frog prince

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      Wayne Barrett 

      8 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Wayne, this is one of the best poems I have read in a while. Such a beautiful yet powerful way of expressing those memorable times in our life.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Phyllis Doyle...Thank you, Phyllis. I hope that I can continue to keep up that standard. ~WB

      @Martie Coester....I think it does if we try. Life always has hardships and lessons but if we learn from them, we become far more that we ever could be. If we don't, we become "victims" or at least that becomes our perception. Thanks much, Martie. ~WB

      @Jackie Lynnley....So I'll remain eternal among the dead poets? LOL! Thanks much, Jackie! ~WB

      @dahoglund....We operate on autopilot for a long time in our youth. I think it would be amazing what we could accomplish if we just had enough awareness early on in life. Thanks much. ~WB

      @SilverGenes...Thank you, A', I was going for a contrast of emotion over the length. As in humor, truth in life has far more emotional shifts than any fiction we can create. ~WB

      @breakfastpop...Thanks so much, Poppy. I hope that I can keep you surprised for years to come! LOL! ~WB

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this beautiful story of your life. You aways surprise and amaze me with the breadth of your talent. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

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      8 years ago

      Wayne, this is beautiful... gentle and engaging to the point of tears (good ones!). The fiddle music, the snow in December - it's a life that carries others with it. Lovely.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It apparently was a confusing time to be growing up. Touching poem. sharing

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      May your life go on eternally where only the good is remembered....

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful. And so everything always turns out for the best....

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wayne, I must add to my comment that you are like a familiar and good place to be. Every time I come back here to read one of your hubs, I find something meaningful to take away with me. Thank you.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Annie Miller...Sorry for tears, Annie. It was not my intent...the words just came as I began hearing the phrase "Moments to Remember". Thank you! ~WB

      @Phyllis Doyle...So very true, Phyllis. The tough times especially thicken our fabric and helps us to face the wind. Mom and dad did a good job of teaching us kids to stand up on our own...for that I am always thankful. Thanks much! ~WB

      @rsspenser...That makes the compliment all the better! LOL! Thank you! ~WB

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      That was excellent! (And I don't care for poetry!!)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wayne, such a beautiful, touching poem. It expresses those times in a life that are treasured moments to remember. Even the rough times are to be remembered, for they are a part of who we are, where we have been and where we are now. Beautiful !

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      Annie Miller 

      8 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Your poem moved me to tears.


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