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Were You Ever Hit With Memory

Updated on June 1, 2013

Were you ever hit with memory

From scent of familiar air,

In a flash - in just a moment -

When time had stopped to stare?

Did you ever feel immortal

Erect upon a hill,

Amid the grass that hits waist-high

Imagine daffodils?

Did you ever see between

Two mirrors

A quiet infinity,

That stretched beyond all


Might be ancillary?

Did you ever love another

More than life itself,

That mourning made an object of,

An image, still

A giant,

At rest upon a shelf?

Have you ever sat in wonder,

Your face in photographs,

Only later to surmise

Him standing there, staring down,

Too unhappy to laugh?

Or ever hear the silence

Provoked in awe of sound,

A voice

Uncertain, abysmally shy;

You thought it was a sigh?

Or lose your life to find it,

Surrender, less refined,

That when you fell,

He saved it, answering,

Carried you all the while?

Have you ever lived a moment,

In distant scent of bliss?

Were you ever hit with memory


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© 2013 Cynthia Taggart


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  • cynthtggt profile imageAUTHOR

    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Thanks, Ben! Thanks too for leaving your compliments. I find poetry difficult, but then again I find writing difficult too. :)

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    Ben Blackwell 

    5 years ago

    This is a really good poem. I have just started reading and writing poetry myself, so I think I'll use a few of yours as "guides" so to speak.

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    MsDora, thank you for stopping here. I have yet to visit your space and explore but I was moved by a comment you made on Don Crowson's work. Glancing thus far I can tell I will enjoy reading and discovering what you have to say. I appreciate so much your compliment. Again, thank you.

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    Dora Weithers 

    5 years ago from The Caribbean

    Yes, I have and they create mostly good feelings. Still, I don't think I could put it in verse as beautifully as you did. Totally enjoyable!

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Mhatter - Thank you for coming by and your kind comments. Coming from you - a man whose humor in verse and limerick lightens not only my heart but also the whole Hubpage community, it means a lot. Thanks.

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Oh, Moon! I still don't regard myself a poet, certainly not of the talent you are. Your kind comment to me is so uplifting. I will remember it. Thank you. I hope all is well with you, wherever you are now. We'll remain in touch.

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    Martin Kloess 

    5 years ago from San Francisco

    Memories are very real to me. Fortunately, most of my life was awesome. Exceptional verse.

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    Clark Cook 

    5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

    Hey you! One of your reiterated refrains over the thousands of words we've fired back and forth is "I'm no poet." After this lovely can't say that anymore!

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Hi, janshares, thank you. Don't we all share a lot in common in the way we relate to events? Appreciate your voting up and kind comment.

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Thank you Blossom SB. Yes, I woke up one morning and the breeze through my window brought be back. Appreciate your stopping by and your kind comment.

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    Janis Leslie Evans 

    5 years ago from Washington, DC

    That was remarkable. It felt like I went on a journey and returned. I enjoyed the ride, expressed by your way with words. Thanks for a great read. Voted up and beautiful.

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Lovely poem and it's true that a brief breath of perfume or other scents can instantly transform us to a past world. Great imagery all the way through, too.

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    Cynthia Taggart 

    5 years ago from New York, NY

    Thank you, Faith, so much. I love poetry but I find it difficult when I am thinking too much on other things. I had some time recently, but it is fleeting, and now I am in angst again about what I need to do. I wish there were more silence, you know?

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 years ago from southern USA

    Wow, I believe this is your most beautiful yet!!! I love your poetry. You should write more poetry, as this is stunning in every sense of the word.

    The imagery is perfect too.

    Voted up ++++ and sharing

    God bless, Faith Reaper


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