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  Waiting in Line
by Mark M Lichterman
Monday, October 19, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Waiting in Line



I’ve heard it said,

first true love is

love never to be



If this be the case,

though fifty-eight

years having gone,

I then am living

testament insomuch

as not a day has passed

where my mind

has not imaged,

no matter how swift

the thought,

not a day has passed

without the remembrance

of the girl, then sixteen,

that so entwined the

heart of this boy then



Fifty-eight years of absence,

I know,

changes the sound

and sight of even one so

dearly loved that::


I and the lady in line,

 oh, a year or two younger

than me, speak of the

headline of a gossip rag

and both laugh at the


as who really

cares of the ridiculous

antics of this or of any

out of touch celebrity?


I and the lady in line have a

friendly, comical conversation

then she pays what is due

and the lady and I say our

goodbyes and with not a

backward glance,

the cart she holds wheels

from out the store and I

and the lady part,

more than likely

for ever more.


A year or two younger,  

the departing lady brings

thought of the one that

had never left my mind

and though I know the lady

in line 

is not the girl from out my


The lady in line

could not be the girl from out my



But, in truth,

the lady in line could be the girl from

out my past as she,

then sixteen,

and me,

then seventeen,

as now,

fifty-eight years are past,

how would I know her face?

How would she know my face?


The lady in line?



The old lady in line

could be the girl

from out the past.


The lady in line

the old lady in line

could be the girl

from out the past,

when she,

then sixteen

and me,

then seventeen

this lady in line 

could be the girl

from out the past.


The lady in line?


As she would not know my face

as I would not know her face,

this lady in line could be the girl

this now old man has never forgotton.


The lady in line,

this old lady in line

could be the girl

this now old man has never forgotten,

this old man has always loved.



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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/22/2009
First love is never forgotten and I was one of the lucky ones that re-connected with mine at my 50 year reunion...I will see him next week in Florida...great write, Mark!

Reviewed by Walt Hardester 10/20/2009
Understang I read in these lines.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/20/2009
First love is nevwer forgotten Mark. Great write.

Your Newfie friend Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/20/2009
WONDERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/20/2009
I don't ever want to see her again, want to have that beautiful soft face in my mind until it is time to go, can't, won't, imagine her old.
That will be the same as the proof that love does wither.


Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo 10/19/2009
First love is a full circle in life. I enjoyed this poem.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/19/2009
Wonderful memories make for sweet poetry.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/19/2009
Wonderful write, Mark; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)

I have never really been in love, so I don't really know what it's like.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/19/2009
So beautiful, remembering your first love - I remember mine. He was ugly as a mud fence LOL, but Oh, he treated me like a lady should be treated. I miss him ... well done, Mark.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/19/2009
I, of course remember my first love. Things didn't work out, but neither of us ever forgot or lost that love we had for each other. I had two more wives after Marionette -- Nanette and Dottie. I loved both of them, which means I have loved and have been loved by three wonderful ladies in my life. I am grateful for that. I am not grateful that I have outlived them all.

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