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  Dear Friends Home
by Mark M Lichterman
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Dear Friends Home


The walk past your home

this early morning

lonely to me;

so sad so lonely,

Kody's walk and mine

past what till yesterday

had been your home.

Though moved just over the hill

no more than sixteen miles away,

the walk for Kody and myself

on our green-belted walkway

passing what had been your home,

now saddened because the warm,

funny, sometimes sad spontaneous

conversations between

we four friends gone now.


Though moved just over the hill

no more than sixteen miles away,

the spontaneity of an unexpected

glass of wine for my lady,

or vodka tonic for me

along with warm conversation

now gone.


Though moved no more than

just over the hill,

gone now the knowledge that those I so like

now further...

much further than a short walk

spontaneously fills my heart with sadness.


Gone now the knowledge

dear friends were but minutes away,

upon our beautiful tree lined walkway

for the patio door opening to their home

now shows but empty rooms within,

and this fills my heart with sadness,

sadness and loneliness.


Passing what had been your home

this morning, Kody, going to the gate

listening for, looking for Lexi,

and when no bark came,

when no little white dog came,

cocking his head, I knew,

Kody missed you,

as I do.


Our friendship will continue,

this I know.


But when most aspects of life

are planned,

friendly spontaneity: our conversations,

the glass of wine for my lady,

a vodka tonic for me.


I know our friendship will continue,

but now,

Though moved no more than sixteen miles

away, now, though: 

“Hey, we’re coming over the hill!”

you will say to us.


“We’re coming over the hill!”

we will say to you...


But still,

the walk past your home

on any early morning

or any evening,

lonely to me,

so sad so lonely,

my dog's walk and mine

past what till yesterday

had been our dear friends home.

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Times change and often not for the better. Even though still close, minutes may as well be hours or days when spontaneity vanishes. Patrick
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald
Such a sad and longing work. I have had that happen to me. I had my friend move far away and made it impossible to see her unless I was on vacation.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
There is so much saddness in these lines as I can sense your breaking heart. Always sad when good friends reach the point of good-bye as it lingers as a dull ache...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
True friendship is indeed a treasure, Mark. Your verses are testimony to that. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
It's so sad when a friend moves away, but at least they are not too far from you. But, the memories of times spent as neighbors should be held dear and this is a melancholic walk with Kody as you remember your dear friends. ~Your friend, Lizzie
Reviewed by Felix Perry
I have known this feeling myself in the last year but from the other perspective. I have often driven by my house and felt a sense of loss, almost identity.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
This is a wonderful tribute to what must be wonderful friends. Well written.
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