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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: old friends
By Jim McWhinnie
01/23/11


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after all these years
we are still best friends,
wiping away all the tears
and making amends when amends can be made,
arguing our stand, whatever it was,
sharing our doubts,
defending our land against all our foes,
always, always,
there for each other,
through good times and bad
and then back again.

after all these years,
we are growing closer and closer at heart,
probably because we were seldom apart,
drinking our coffees, stirring our lemon into our teas,
remembering our days,
rethinking our ways,
forgiving our past and braving our future
and only half-believing what each other might say.

after all these years,
weve grown wistfully old,
like grey weathered oaks by the river Im told,
mossy and misty,
with little more to do than cast a soft, mellow shade.

now that the ending is near,
we have both turned to gold,
for weve grown deep in our years,
you and I, old friend.
weve grown deep in our years, you and I, old friend.


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Cheryl Harrison 01/31/11
This is a beautiful picture of life-long friendship. Thanks for writing :o).

I liked the word picture of "nothing to do but cast shade".
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/31/11
Lovely poem. I especially liked the comparison of the friendship to the oaks.
Kate Oliver Webb01/31/11
It is exactly like a mental stroll down memory lane and evaluating the experiences along the way. This was a warm, long friendship, life-building and memory-sustaining. Thanks for sharing.
Rachel Phelps01/31/11
Easy going and evocative. Very nice!
Laury Hubrich 02/01/11
There's nothing like a good friend who stands the test of time! Thanks for sharing.
Shelley Ledfors 02/02/11
Beautiful. A great tribute to friendship through the years. I really enjoyed this.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/03/11
Congratulations of placing with this really well written poem.
Rachel Phelps02/03/11
Congratulations on your EC. This poem was so great.
Henry Clemmons02/03/11
Jim, I loved the flow, the ebb and tide of your poem. Excellent. Congrats on EC as well.