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when i was younger

Updated on February 11, 2013

I walked into a dream

I tried to scream

but my voice dropped like marshmallows

churning milky sighs into butter cream skies

had visions of rainbows

four leaf clovers and lies

the stark naked truth

wouldn't let me close my eyes

Saw the light

and called it love

peeked into the shadows

seeing metaphors dancing

the winds of change

blew over

the seasons came over to my side of the pond

Spring came crawling on toddler's hands and band aid knees

crying in the lavender breeze

Summer came shortly after

running with strength

we became friends

and remembered

the rains

We learned of each other

and how grown we've both become

Autumn came gently

with wrinkles in her forehead

wisdom in her footsteps

She was growing cold

and the tears

would not stop

She tried to tell me

I tried to listen

her teeth began chattering

as her hair turned winter

her memory grey

her vision failing

and soon

her mind

became white

I cried that night

as my best friend

passed away

I carried her child

in my arms

for days and weeks

taught her to crawl

how to walk

nurtured her

until she learned to talk

I named her

after her mother,

when she was a child

and I called her



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    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      My pleasure!

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Nellieanna... so wonderful to find you here :) thanks so very much for your time and kind words my friend... always love finding new friends here :) Blessing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Surely one of the most outstandingly beautiful poems I've run across. I cannot quite finds words to describe its effect, but it involved 'goosebumps' up and down my legs. Your imagery & mastery of language are singular and lovely, Eric!

      Thanks for sharing. - I'm going up to cast votes up and across.

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      hey Poetic Ink... always good to see you :) Thanks so much for taking the time and for the kind words... I wasn't sure where this poem was going from the start... but happy with the ending :) Hope you are well

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      DJ... thank you so very much... such a beautiful comment... I am humbled and honored by your kind spirit.... appreciate you coming along the journey with me :) Much Love

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Such a lovely heart felt poem here, I love the ending where he or she names the child "Spring". Nicely written and very passionate about the love of a good friend. Thanks for sharing, thumbs up and out.

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      D.Juris Stetser 

      5 years ago from South Dakota

      My gosh, this is utterly amazing. stunning imagery, heartfelt, so poignant it bring a lump to the throat, and tears threaten just behind the've written more than words here, you done what I've always tried to do, and failed more loften than not - you've created an experience, vital and real, for us all to share. Perfect!!! Sharing, Awesome, Beautiful....Voted Up... Thank you So much for this!

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Gypsy, thank you! I've always loved how the seasons seem to be a metaphor for birth, adulthood, middle age, then finally death... only to be reborn again :)

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Mhatter... appreciate you coming along the journey my friend

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Faith..,. thanks so much... really appreciate that :) it's why I love places like this so much, that poets and writers can share their work and take us to places we haven't been :)

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Ratihegde... thank you so much for taking the time my friend... I've always wanted to go to India :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. What a wonderful, heartfelt and expressive poem Loved this and passing it on.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for taking me along your perspective. Very enjoyable.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Amazing heartfelt poetry! You are truly gifted, as I most likely stated before.


      Voted up +++ and sharing

      (have to come back later to share)

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rati Hegde 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      touching ..


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