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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Better Than Anyone I Know
By Carla Procida
04/10/12


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Yellowed tissue paper,
lining department store boxes,
cardboard memories;
inside, candy heart reminiscences
continue to beat
in the back of my mind
and chocolate bunnies
melted over fifty years
mold a sweet recollect;
clay treasures, homemade cards
hid where only a mother knows
old spice and dime store ties
though worn, still cloud my eyes.

Fireworks reflected
in a little girl’s eyes’
light up the dark years ever since,
and forever summers
still linger through these laboring days
while maple and oaks
once more lose their hair
dressing the streets
in a costume of reds and gold’s
as death is so alluringly disguised.

Waking aromas of turkey and pumpkin pie
marching soldiers, floating parades
makes me want to go to sleep,
to go on where memories alone
fail to take me,
dreams of loved ones
still dancing in my head,
where you, Mom and Dad
do Christmas better than anyone I know.


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CD Swanson 04/12/12
Awww...I loved this, it made my eyes glisten with tears. I loved the last line the best. God Bless~
Donna Wilcher 04/15/12
Very nostalgic...lovely!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/12
This is beautiful. I like how you took me on a journey not only of the holidays but of life itself. nicely done.
Genia Gilbert04/15/12
lovely, descriptive, and well written. You did indeed cover a lot of life as well as some sweet holidays.
Mildred Sheldon04/19/12
I loved the last line of such a lovely poem. This was a trip through many lovely holidays. Thank you for sharing.