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by L. G. Figgins
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Where were you bound Jimmy,
some southbound train
or thumbing it
down Ventura highway?
You always loved the sun
a fair weather bird
your wings a bedroll on your back
stashed behind my couch
just like the song

You loved this barefoot flower girl
as much as you were able
wove a crown of daisies
and violets for my hair
strummed lullabyes
when the sun went down
head in the clouds
and eyes on the stars
restless as the wind that blew you in

You liked the holes in my jeans
played with the strings
drew circles on my bare skin
as if you didn't know where to go
that dreamy look in your eyes
sleepy for having to stand still
ready to move yet wanting to stay
You buried your nose in my hair
breathed patchouli oil and incense

I watched you go one day
to strains of "Knights In White Satin"
watching your cool laid-back stride
boots happy to be touching pavement
all roads leading to somewhere
Where are you bound, Jimmy?
Hope you found where you belong
Or are you still riding the wind
trying to find your place in the sun?


(c) Linda Gayton 2006





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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Vivid and emotionally compelling. Encore! ENCORE!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by jude forese
sometimes people don't realize when the sun is right within their grasp ... the imagery and voice are just great ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
A most astounding cameo that many of us will be able to relate to with a fair degree of nostalgic pleasure, Linda! :)) You have painted this character portrait so very well with so few images and yet he lives and breathes as both the unique "Jimmy" that he is and as that fanciful youth that so many of us girlies fell for. I don't know what it is, but both you and Dale have such deep cinematic qualities that are also journalistic in the sense of a rolling reportage - you more concrete and narrative than Dale who is very conceptual. But your "flavours" affect me in similar ways... or is it the glass or two of Valpolicella that I've just drunk?! :)) How I love that image: "a fair weather bird / your wings a bedroll on your back / stashed behind my couch / just like the song"... says so much and lines I would love to snitch sometime!! Love this, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Gordon Rosenberg (Reader)
Wow! Lovely visual feast, Linda, takes one back to where we wish we still were or perhaps wished we were then .. and the band played on .. thanks for the memories ..
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
Linda, this beautiful poem sings; and it does so with the nostalgic, sweet melody of a tear that falls... only to be caught by a warm, irresistible smile. It is good to read you again.
(Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes!)
Reviewed by Aberjhani
Delightful portrait of a wandering romantic and a very special space with a very special time. Magic shines throughout FREE WIND.
Reviewed by A. Santo
Well I have to say, your choice of "Knights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues is the perfect compliment to your writing. I read a review below by Mr. Felix Perry and I so have to agree. I think so many of us who grew up during that era remember just as much of the good as we do the bad.

You have represented a very fair balance to life with this poem. And a marvelous theme of reminiscing.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Wonderful narrative, Lin. This is worth a few rereads for enjoyments sake alone. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Quite an intriguing and bittersweet nostalgic piece, Linda - and it probably brings back many memories for many of us.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
I think we've all known at least one Jimmy in our lives. And I also believe we've all wanted to be Jimmy once in a while.
There are those that possess free spirits, and those that do their best to free their spirits.
This is beautiful carefree work, that all can relate to, in one way or another.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Beautifully done Linda!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega
I cried when I first read this, took me back to a simpler time and made me think of the Peter Paul and Mary song "We'll sing in the sunshine" Peace to you. Thank you for this. Really enjoyed. Pierre.
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader)
(((( Linda, this was beautiful and great imagery))))

love and hugs, joanne
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well done
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Free wind, free spirits...beautiful poetry.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Williams
A very effective reflexive piece of nostalgia Linda.

Paul;-) (Gods I'm tongue tied tonight lol)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
You have recreated memories of a "wistful" time, Lin. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Felix Perry
Oh LInda this one really touched at the heart of an old hippie. So many good things came out of that period in history and it is a shame that most only remember it for the Vietnam war and burn the bra. Romance lives in your heart and soul and is so well expressed in your writing. Great work.
Peace & Love
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Lin, this is a fantastic look back and oh how it resonates! Beautifully done!methinks we all have had Jimmy's in our lives and you portrayed it with all the vibrancy it deserves.

Reviewed by Dale Clark
Listen to his boot heels that's why he's free. ;)
and oh flower power and who can resist holy jeans.
I like Lin.
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra
What a lovely bittersweet write.
Reviewed by Peter Paton
Poignant and bittersweet, Linda..
The pangs of love follow us everywhere..
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
You've created such an effective mood with this one Linda. It reads like a ballad. Great work!
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