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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: Nostalgia
By Mary Hackett
07/11/08


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When I was your age,
The world was a stage
On which strolled the noble and good.
(With no one on walkers?)
No walkers--just rockers,
And most people did as they should.

Ah, grand was that time
(Though you hadnít a dime?)
Well, no money, but that wasnít much.
Our famíly together
Would weather foul weather;
The doctor bill payments and such.

And neighbors in plenty!
No less than twenty
Were ringing the old party line.
(Did anyone eavesdrop?)
You could have heard leaves drop!
But nobody caredóit was fine.

You know what was best?
(No, but tell me the rest!)
It was this: there was real learning done.
Mother taught me to pray
And to join in the fray
Till my own earthly journey was run.

I can look back with pride
Grateful feelings inside
For the blessings God gave me in love.
(I'm glad too.)
And for you,
Most especially you, every day I thank Heaven above.


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Sara Harricharan 07/17/08
What an interesting mix-up of memories and life. I liked the second to last verse the best! ^_^
Terry Walker07/21/08
This brings back memories of when life was so easy-going, have time to talk with the neighbor, and family dinners. That time doesn't sound too bad does it. It also brings to mind those whom we love and love to spend time with. Thanks for sharing.
Helen Dowd 07/21/08
Loved the lilt and the sentiment in this delightful poem. Good to bring levity into old age...Helen
Edy T Johnson 07/31/08
Mary! You're back, and such a delightful trip down memory lane with your darling poem. I too love your title and the idea of a conversation between (grand)parent and child. Thank you for leaving a comment on my "right now" story. I really appreciate hearing from you.