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While Searching for a Memory
by Susan K. de Vegter
Sunday, September 26, 2010
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I went up to the mountains
Looking for a memory
I learned that simple air
Isn't what it used to be
The constant rush of everyday
Distorts the facts of life
There I just let... it go
Releasing pent up strife
My muscles suddenly talked to me
When before they burned complete
Tension had me combustionable
I was my own defeat
My smile was much more generous there
I think I broke my face
I enhaled without coughing up
Old city smog's after-taste
My eyes were much more greener
The redness was all gone
My step had spring
I scaled the blue
Recalling this , my home
You've heard of mountain magic
As far as my eyes could see
I found what I'd been missing
While searching for a memory
I lost myself, as I recall
When living was more pure
Since man became responsible
It's worsened now, I'm sure
I flew right through working hard
To gain the material boon
The material comes to own you
It happens all too soon
We want much more than we can keep
When we are called away
We leave the same as we came in
It's life we need to pay
The simple joy of fresh air
Nature's green abyss
Is all coming to an end
Then this will all be missed
The sky's so blue in Highlands
As far as one can see
It's what we take for granted
While searching for a memory.

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Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 1/18/2013
It's true, too many of us have let the material world come to own us, It's time to make the trip back to nature. Great poem Love, Pierre
Reviewed by A PAX 2/23/2012
so true....the memory of ourselves, and our environments....and written so well.....applause....Pax Anita :)
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/22/2011
Well composed poem, Susan.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 10/10/2010
Let us all take a deep breath and contemplate "Nature's green abyss"...
A well-scribed ode to awareness, Susan.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/3/2010
Very lovely indeed sweet lady....stay safe and well..Hugsss
Reviewed by Dark Knight 10/2/2010
great imagery in your words as always Susan
Reviewed by John Domino 9/27/2010
A great nature poem Susan! Yes, I recall the memory of fresh air and blue skies in upstate N.Y. when I was a teenager. Going back was like visiting a Hillbilly slum. We rarely drive backward - we only do it because we have to. I guess we need to keep on driving forward and keep out headlights on for safety first on that road of life ahead.

Love and abundant blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/27/2010
Enchanting journey. Your renewal and return was much anticipated.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/27/2010
This was absolutely beautiful, Susan, and I felt every word...nothing feels better to me than breathing the air one finds out in the thick of nature! Some wonderful phrasing here....

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/27/2010
finding a memory and regaining sense and sensibility : win-win-win!!! Fabulous, coherent (and humorous!) philosophising in tightly woven verse. You never lose your style or your generous touch, Susan. So good to see you here again. Love it when you seamlessly weave your urbane and free-spirit sides to bring us such presence, such balance, such wisdom. Bless you, xx
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/27/2010
Susan this is exceptionally well done, you drew us in to your country like a moth is drawn to light except in this case you allowed us not only to live but to enjoy,
Reviewed by stan nassano 9/27/2010
something about the mountains........"while searching for a memory"
keep ahold of those memories....nice write
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/27/2010
love the truth and depth and beauty!
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/27/2010
Susan, this is stunning poetry! I am so glad to see you back here, I have missed you so much.

It certainly seems you have taken a mental health break..I need to do this soon, but my choice of sanctuary is the ocean. Perhaps Tahiti or some remote quaint island retreat...

Come back again very soon, don't stay away....

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/27/2010
Simply beautiful, Susan.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/27/2010
"The material comes to own you..."
and once we've made that realisation, Susan,
we're in a position to move beyond and find ourselves again.
A gracious ode to what's best and natural and, in hope,
what will last a while longer if we're wise enough
to temper greed.

Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 9/26/2010
Invoking a search for happiness is something worth finding.
To secure them to memory get harder the older one gets.
But it's worth it.
I think poets live in a fantasy world anyway!!
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 9/26/2010
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/26/2010
I appreciate the philosophical perspective that you have shared within your verses here, Susan. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

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