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Satin Sheets
by Joyce E Bowling

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Just a quick write about a simple childhood memory that I suddenly remembered after hearing the song "Satin Sheets" What a tear jerker, but I enjoyed the warm and fond memory of time with my mother...

Satin Sheets


I was but a child…
but the memory still lingers…
almost as a dream,
a dream of days gone by.

I heard a song softly playing,
the volume turned down low…
behind a closed door.

A depressing message it did bestow.


Quietly I opened the door,
to find my mom lying across the bed…

Tears stained her cheeks.
Mommy, are you okay?
A look of shock…but nothing did she say.


Again, I asked what’s wrong…
I’m afraid…I begged!

She didn’t say a word,
but gave me warm hug instead.

That song continued to play,
while I lay there with my mom.
Not a word did we say…
somehow I just understood.

While we lay there in our own silence,
those lyrics rolled over and over,
as the needle touched the old forty-five record,
time and time again…while Jeanne Pruett sang,
about those satin sheets to lie on…and satin pillows to cry on.


Written By: Joyce Bowling
April 14, 2007
Copyright 2007


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/3/2007
Joyce, you never cease to amaze me with your talented pen, you certainly have a poets heart
God Bless
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 5/19/2007
Nothing saddens a child more than to see their parent cry, for whatever the reason. Funny how a smell, a song or a sound can stir all those childhood memories. This was beautiful.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 5/15/2007

"Satin Sheets
Joyce so sweet of you to share such an intimate and emotional moment with us all her...yes I always remembered that song was touching. I guess it could and can conjure up tears especially of a broken heart.

Lots of love and enlightenments to you,
From the Heart...
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/30/2007
Joyce, you've brought memories of long ago alive and with images & knowledge that even though you were knew deep inside there was a sadness inside your beloved Mother. Your love shown to her that day, I'm sure she will never forget! The song, Satin Sheets, has touched many people's lives & caused their hurts to open to a wound. Thanks for sharing such a nice poem.
Reviewed by Butch Howard 4/30/2007
I love the bittersweet quality of this memory, Joyce, and the way you present it here in this lovely poem. I remember that song and how sad it was to me the first time I heard it as a child. I'm glad you were there with your mother -to be there and understand. Well done!
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 4/30/2007
Your reviews have said it all. Such precious memories.
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 4/29/2007
Oh Joy! IT'S BEAUTIFUL. Thank you. A few tears are good for our eyes now and again. Regards...Joyce
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/29/2007
I feel like that rippled vinyl with the needle playing across its grooves, Joyce... Killing me softly with your song here, strumming my life with your fingers... as another wonderful songster would say! I heard Mothers sang a good song... LOL Bless you for this, very powerful and vivid. K xx
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 4/29/2007
Wow Joyce, this is so poignantly written. Exceptional poetry. Thank you... Chanti
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/29/2007
SOme feelings I can relate to so vividly!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/29/2007
Such strong sad feelings are portrayed in this poem. It touches one heart! A great write.......M
Reviewed by Frances Lynn 4/29/2007
A lovely poem which to me signifies the reality of growing up. I got the impression (I might be wrong!) that the child who caught her mother crying was upset to realise her mother wasn't an invincible strong woman, but had emotions too. Joyce's poetry could be regarded as sentimental, but I think her work is beautifully old fashioned when life seemed more innocent and less jaded than it is now.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/29/2007
Some childhood memories truly do linger, and often last a lifetime.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/29/2007
Some we cherish with tenderness, some are forgotten for survival.
Thanks, its a beatiful poem.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/28/2007
Isn't if funny how a sound, a song, a television show will jog from our memories something long forgotten? This memory for you was a sad one indeed! Thanks for sharing it.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/28/2007
You have created images with your every word. Those Moments seem to remain in our mind for a lifetime.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/28/2007

Bittersweet, poignant memories...beautifully penned. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Cino 4/28/2007
Memories...that you for jogging my memory tonight. You have penned a lovely poem. I remember 45's. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/28/2007
A wonderful nostalgic moment, beautifully told in this poem!
Thanks for sharing,Joyce!

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/28/2007
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/28/2007
Awesome write...Joyce I read this one at the poets nest
And now here at the den And I just love it
We are just needing the song!!
But I think that we all try
to recapture a moment in time whips
of something to bring the memory back
Beautiful poem
Satin sheets memories of you and your mom
Just in time for mothers Day!!
Excellent job!!
Congratulations on winning the April contest
Love And Peace to you always
Your friend….Morning Star
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/28/2007
Joyce, this is lovely. You write so well.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/28/2007
Sad memories well expressed
emjoyed your outstanding write

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 4/28/2007
this touched a memory of me lying in bed with my mom and sister, right after my grandmothers death. We all just layed there remembering her and all the stories she told, was warm and cozy and we knew she was at peace...
Thanks for sharing this, Joyce and sparking mine...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 4/28/2007
It is a really sad song if you listen close.

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/28/2007
Dear Joyce,
What a lovely poem and memory and so very well written. I have so many memories of special times with my own mom; some sad some wonderful. Happy writing!
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 4/28/2007
songs do affect our moods and emotions, sometimes in the strangest ways. thanks for sharing this one and luck.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 4/28/2007
This is a beautiful, bittersweet memory, Joyce~
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/28/2007
A melancholy write.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/28/2007
Well done...Hugsssss
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/28/2007
Joyce, I love that song, "Satin Sheets" by Jeanne Pruett. I remember hearing it on the radio, and I saw her singing it at the Grand Ole Opry. I will never forget it. Wonderful experience; and what wonderful memories you bring up in this poem. I can see why your mamma cried; that song touched people in a way that today's country never can. How I miss the old songs..*sighhh*

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/28/2007
Heartfelt write..
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/28/2007
Now I'll always wonder why the song made her cry! Nicely written, Joyce. I recall that song, too, and probably shed a tear or two myself back when I used to listen to it. I really enjoy your poems and your writing style.

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