Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lifelong friends...













Karin at dversepoets.com       asks us to write slant poems today; also called
 half rhymes, there are words that sound alike but don't quite rhyme for a bit of surprise 
or variety.  Yeats was a master.



Lifelong friends found their way 
to my doorstep recently
We had lost track for more than a decade, 
familiar faces, voices dear
Touching again that special place
tucked inside my heart
since we first met in '68,
and their old pickup decked out
 with zebra art,
 black and white striped paint

Young marrieds with babies,
sharing walks with strollers to the zoo;
 and time passed after we moved away
Some Christmas cards in the mail,
then, suddenly, a wedding or two 
Now no longer in our prime,
now we laugh, talk and cry
a tear or two
It's humbling when lives cross again; 
guess it's true what's said of time 

So if your thoughts can travel 
through the wind across space,
 conscious desires can be channeled -
 soon to arrive at your gate

 









28 comments:

  1. i am in a season of parting from some very dear friends and co-workers...and some anx at life after them...so i look forward to paths crossing once again....and i know from past experience it is cool when they do...well done on the slants...smiles.

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    1. Thanks Brian..I like this form...and parting is temporary...until the final departure ;)

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  2. Kate, I love this - moving from Hippies and youth to aging in laughter

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    1. Thanks, Bjorn, for I've learned a thing or two from you ;)

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  3. It is wonderful when one can reconnect with former friends and the connection can pick up where we let off. "now we laugh, talk and cry" - this sounds like a great program!

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    1. It's wonderful when it happens as you age, as if no time had gone by at all.

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  4. awwww...this is such a beautiful write.

    :)

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  5. Ah, lovely- and the mix of rhymes works so well . Thanks. K.

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  6. The slant almost near rhymes blend like cream in expresso, adding sweet depth to the tongue, the ear, the heart. An excellent use of the form, but just a damn good poem presented, so much so, the form is irrelevant. 4 years ago I began to work with Facebook, and friends from 4-5 decades ago resurfaced, several of which have made in-person visits. You can't choose your family, but surely you can your friends.

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    1. That is really cool..plus, one has to then make the effort to contact them before anything can happen....thank you, Glenn.

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    2. ....be over there shortly ....

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  7. Connecting with lifelong friends again is a very special thing.

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  8. when you reconnect - it really verifies the depth of the connection. And that's a good thing.

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  9. Pleased the reconnecting of old friends gave you so much pleasure. Nice poem.

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  10. that is very cool to see old friends again after a long time... so much to tell and i guess the old familiarity will be back quickly

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  11. "now we laugh, talk and cry:...trying to touch that golden time and beyond...precious moments these are....

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  12. A surprisingly joyous use of slant rhymes (to my mind, they seem to fit in better with a sad state of mind) - there is a jauntiness and bounce to this. It sounds like quite a pleasure to meet old friends, dwell a little on nostalgia, slip back into the old comforting ways.

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  13. it is humbling... and a bit of maturity changes things... but the depth so much richer

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  14. A most wonderful trajectory.

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  15. Very true, very real sense of how time changes us, life changes us, and yet there are places neither ever really change in us at all.

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  16. Reunions can be almost bittersweet. Especially if you expect a goodbye shortly after. This poem was really touching and beautifully written. I think the final stanza was really poignant.

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  17. This is so good, love the journey you shared here.

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  18. It is so nice or have long time friends to keep one company through life's journey. :-)

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  19. Wonderful to have those old friends that are every bit as much friends now as they were back then!

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