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Song #51
by Robert E Blackwell

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
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Memories triggered by song

My computer’s dancing.

I swear, I can see it
Swaying to the music of
The 5th Dimension.

Quintuplets of the heart,
I close my eyes to
Their quintessential harmony,
And the bird’s eye view
Of my mind
Shows reruns of 1966.

The Mt. Vernon bus
Turns the corner on High Street,
Driving past the old Clock Restaurant
With the grandfather clock on the sidewalk
That looked as goofy as my big brother.

Department stores
Named for strange people like
S.S. Kresge and H.L. Green
Had two shops each on the street…
I never knew what that was all about.

“Those were the days,”
The song goes,
When the center of town remained
A destination,
Especially during the Christmas parade
When you could see the Santa twins;
Lazarus had one and
The Union did, too.

It was forty years ago,
But I think of places like that
In a time that seemed much simpler;
The warmth of those memories
Lets the sunshine into my heart,
Just like The 5th Dimension sang
So long ago.


© 2006 by Robert E. Blackwell

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/19/2006
:) You take me back...thank you for the memory jog. :) The 5th were one of my very favorites. :) I miss the good ole days...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 5/17/2006
Good write!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/16/2006
I want some of what you're smokin'...great memories, I remember Ocean City NJ and its Woolworths and Murphys and great banana splits the Woolworths soda fountain made...damn, but I miss those great times...Ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/16/2006
Wow Robert, you took me there! Fantaastic imagery! I loved the 5thdimension and of course aquarius etc.but everything they did was great!Thanks for the memories!


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