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To all the boys

Updated on May 2, 2014

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To All The Boys

If anything, I am an oxymoron, an accurate estimate of what once was, what will always be

I dedicate this dark victory to all the boys I have loved before

From the ones expected to those I never suspected for even one minute

To the sons I love best, who suckled the evaporated milk from my maternal breasts

To the cousins who teased me with jest, were battle ready and now have balding hair

To the boy in first grade, who others made fun of, remember how I, the little giant stood beside you

Threatening to dethrone any kid who said another cruel word or threw another jagged rock

To all the boys who stood on their heads just to get my attention

Or who showed me how to tie a loose knot

Knew how to hold me while letting me go

To the one who shoved his fist in the tree

To the one who said he would always wait for me

Who could not have been more perfect

I dedicate this dark victory to all the boys I have loved before

From the Hell’s Angel to the hopeful pessimist

To the one who followed martial law

to the one who did not know any way other than the ways of the honest crook

I will never forget you

Even as your hairlines recede,

guts no longer disguise your taste for beer

or smiles light up your faces when I remind you of the first days we met

I dedicate this dark victory

This roaring silence,

Thinking out loud

Bitter sweetness to the gone but not forgotten

All the boys who sang me songs

who had special ways of making me laugh

who I knew would be friends for life

This song is for you

This wise fool will never stop loving you

will never ever forget how you held me

when I needed holding the most


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kim,

      :) to you for all of your kind and caring words. You are one terrific writer and I thank you for the comments on the outhouse hub. I appreciate YOU so much.

      And you following me is a GREAT blessing and I will try to produce hubs that you will be proud to read.

      Have a quiet, peaceful night.

      Love you Much!///Kenneth

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      I am thinking perhaps you did dip my pigtail in the inkwell. That could potentially explain why I am so lopsided. : )


      I can remember being told that when a boy was annoying me that really meant he liked me. Smiles. Hope you are well.


      So glad you could relate.

      Kenneth Avery,

      I will definitely check out your Abstract/Prose--glad to finally have a name for what it is that I write. You have made my day. Thank You. Thank You for super kind words. Please consider yourself followed.

      Also, please know how much I enjoyed your piece on the outhouse and commenting on it as well.

      To All, please forgive me for taking so long to respond and know how much I appreciate all of you. Each time I get back in my hub groove, life takes over and I find myself once again attempting to re-groove. Love to all.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      WOW . . .ocfireflies!

      Do you know what style of poetry this edges upon? Abstract/Prose! I thought I was the only one on HP who did that. Thank God I found you. This was so the type of poetry that I love and write if I am in depression at the time. Honest. No Joke.

      "Losing her . . ." "And Old Dreamer's Dream" and "Dangerous Sheep," are only three of my hubs like this.

      I voted up and away on this and would again and again.

      I am so impressed with your work.

      "Please," check my work and then follow me. I would love that.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Al.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Very well done, I had and have some boys like this in my life.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Kim, as a teacher I see boys behaving strangely at times in front of girls. All to attract their attention; standing on hands, telling silly jokes, making strange sounds, and so on. Your words reminded me of this and how we later appreciate those innocent first impressions from boys.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beautiful work, Kim. I regret never having dipped your pigtail in he inkwell. :)

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Faith,

      No apologies necessary. I certainly can relate to the contrariness of the net. Thank you for all of your kind words. Hugs to all the boys in your life, too.

      Love Always,


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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kim,

      Forgive my lateness in commenting to your beautiful tribute to all the boys in your life! My Internet has been down since Friday.

      You have captured your relationship with the boys in your life so beautifully in your poem. I really enjoyed reading it and the wonderful music and photos as well.

      Up and more and away

      Hugs and much love to you and the boys in your life.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for the vote and kind words.

      Wishing you a wonderful week.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. A wonderful tribute to boys and men as such.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You. I hope you have a great weekend, also.


      Thank you for your kind words.


      Thanks for loving this piece and voting it up.

      So thankful for all of you and appreciative of your support,


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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful tribute to all those who left good impression in your own life.I love it.Voted up

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kim, beautifully done! a quintessential expression of all the wonders of the male/female relationships we make along the way. I also love the song.

      Profound and very touching poetry.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Only one word needed here Kim : Beautiful !!!

      Enjoy your weekend .


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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Your comments move me to tears.

      I am honored if I brought back good memories.


      Thank You. Thanks for feeling the heart and honesty that went into this poem.


      I believe you are so correct in that love is truly that which is filled with heart and vulnerability.


      Thanks for allowing me to feel safe enough to reveal parts of me.


      Thank You. Best wishes to you as well.

      Many Blessings to all who left such kind words,


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      Sam 3 years ago from Ireland

      Beautiful heart felt poetry -Best wishes to you Kim

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a beautiful combo! I could never these two singers together but love them both. Thanks for sharing it and another part of you. Love and best wishes.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So much heart and vulnerability here Kim--and isn't that what love is? Really a wonderful piece!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Absolutely moving and beautiful and all things good. I love this poem Kim, within your words is so much heart and honesty. Thank you for this incredible poem. Jamie

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Kim: This poem moved me to tears. This is a beautiful tribute to all the boys in your life. I love the Willie Nelson song and your poem is just as beautiful as the song. I so enjoyed reading this poem and it reminded me of 'all the boys' in my life also. Lovely!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for the vote.


      Thank You.


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was beautiful, Kim! Those boys were lucky to have you in their lives.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poem Kim, dedicated to all the boys... I love the song by Willie and Julio "all the girls I loved before" too. Nice pics also. Voted up.