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  Encased in Memories
by Janet P Caldwell
Sunday, October 12, 2003
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I worry every time that I make this drive.
Afraid heíll be gone or barely alive.
Heís 96 years old and a friend of mine.

There he is though, smart suit and groomed hair.
As I got a little closer he gave a toothless grin.
I noticed his hands trembled more,
than the last time that I saw him.

Heíd been in this nursing home,
for more than twenty years.
His wife Amy, died at home. The
one the state took, for back taxes owed.

He regaled me of their life together.
They were married in Ď25.
He worked for the railroad, Amy was a homemaker.

She had a small garden of tomatoes onions and red peppers.
She sold hot sauce at the local market.

After church on sundays theyíd
go for a picnic.
Home-made rolls, potato salad
and fried chicken.

Today itís just a memory within
his heart. His rheumy eyes tell me
how he loved her when he speaks of his Amy.

I know that soon, heíll be with her
and Iíll be left behind.
Encased in my memories
and his, this wise old man.

Janet Caldwell
October 12, 2003-2008†

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Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 8/16/2008
Grand piece old friend

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/27/2008
Vividly imaged character sketch in verse - well done, Janet.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 7/21/2004
I have always found it very troubling whenever a state takes possession of someoneís property for back taxes. Thatís a whole different matter and one I have battled different states over. Anyways, JC, on the merits of the write, this is another shinning example of how easily one can be drawn towards your timeless creations. I wish you continued success, and look forward to drifting this way many more times in the future. Outstanding, well-written, heartfelt story/poem, Poet.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 2/3/2004
Tearfully beautiful sentiments, Janet!
I know the feeling, but you have put it into
eloquent words.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/31/2004
It is so good when someone has left such a positive influence in your life. Wonderful tirbute, Janet. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 1/31/2004
..I love old father is 91 and Mom is 84..they live in Australia ( I live in Croatia)..I miss them so much. I love talking with old folk...they have so much to say..I have so much to learn..WE have so much to share...
thankyou Janet for this touching poem..

Vesna *smile*
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/30/2004
What a beautiful, heartfelt work of art.
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 11/9/2003
A heartfelt write that touches deeply.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 11/8/2003
Vivid. . .touching. . .and so, so good. Amazing!! Phyllis <3
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/4/2003
What a heartfelt write.This moved me
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 10/18/2003
A heartfelt read filled with wonderful imagery, I could just invision his "rheumy eyes" when he spoke about "Amy", thank you for sharing such a memorable poem! Gwendolyn
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 10/17/2003

Reminds me of the stories behind the wrinkled mask of my neighbor. Wonderful reflection.

Cynthia Borris
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 10/17/2003
A tender, wonderful write!
Reviewed by Frank James 10/15/2003
Moving and memorable.
Reviewed by Debra Conklin 10/15/2003
Beautiful and compassionate. Full of deep feelings of love. Simply lovely. Debbie
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 10/14/2003
Janet this is such a delightful write of love and compassion. Thanks for sharing :0)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 10/14/2003
This was beautifully moving and a great pleasure to read, I loved this very much,

Reviewed by Trixie Love 10/14/2003
Hi there stranger,
So nice to see you
back again...
Ohhh Janet, This write
is so precious...
Made me get all misty

Hope all has been well
with you...
Congrats on winning
lastweeks contest...

Love & Hugs,
Trixie :)
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 10/14/2003
This is so tender and touching!!!! You have excellantly penned another's memories and tho sometimes memories are all we have they can be as beautiful and sweet as the real thing!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*ģ 10/14/2003
A beautifully written and moving piece!

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 10/14/2003 have penned another heart touching write my friend...I loved the whole write but the following verses were outstanding...Today itís just a memory within
his heart. His rheumy eyes tell me
how he loved her when he speaks of his Amy.

I know that soon, heíll be with her
and Iíll be left behind.
Encased in my memories
and his, this wise old man. n luck.....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 10/13/2003
Extremely beautiful and so touching.. Jenni
Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 10/13/2003
Excellent work. Your friend will appreciate a really nice tribute.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 10/13/2003
Very touching write Janet...we should be more like the Chinese who honor their elderly...this reminded me of my mom and dad before they passed on...good write...floria
Reviewed by L M (Reader) 10/13/2003
Beautiful tribute.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/13/2003
Beautifully written tribute to love and friendship Janet!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 10/13/2003
Great tribute, Janet. Very well done.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 10/13/2003
You are a very good person as well as a good writer.
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 10/13/2003
Thanks for making a shrine in words for this noble, ordinry man Janet.
And great to see you confounding your critics in such fine style.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 10/13/2003
Oh Janet this is a precious write. I have had wonderful elderly friends like this. You have perfectly captured the bittersweetness of such a friendship. Congrats on your contest win, well deserved.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/13/2003
You are a wise woman to enjoy the stories this elderly is sharing with you. Beautiful write!

The taking of the home got to me. I am furious with both of our governments lack of resepct for our elderly and lack of acknowledgement of all of what they have given us through out their lives, just to take it away from them when they are too old to fight for it. Burns me up!
Reviewed by James David Compton (Reader) 10/13/2003
For some, life is filled with excitement and beautiful surprises, each day bringing great expectation. For others, it is merely waiting...
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 10/13/2003
A great piece of sentiments. I like this.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/13/2003

Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 10/13/2003
Deeply moving and emotional piece. Thanks.
Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader) 10/13/2003
This is such a touching and heartfelt tribute, Janet!

It makes me almost teary, remembering my own parents, who are both deceased.

Thanks so much,

Richard Vallance,
Ottawa, Ontario,

Reviewed by jude forese 10/13/2003
beautiful appreciation of old age and its wisdom...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 10/13/2003
Love that you care Janet
You have a sweet soul
Reviewed by Dale Clark 10/13/2003
A loving and beautiful tribute!
Reviewed by Transcendental Poet (Reader) 10/13/2003
A touching a wonderful poem Janet!
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/13/2003
Janet, I felt the tears welling, as I read this. For to me there is nothing as beautiful as the stories one can tell of a love gone first.
I adore talking to the aged, for they are not only wise but they've seen so much, and they are willing to share it when they find somebody that will listen.
I just loved this. Thanks Janet. Lisa
Reviewed by Taylor Trenton (Reader) 10/12/2003
This is so touching and a wonderful poem.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/12/2003
A superb poem Janet, beautifully expressed...deeply moving.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 10/12/2003
This is so splendid, and too me somewhat sad. Fantastic write of the memories of this dear man. Thanks for sharing this with us all.
Reviewed by Kijuana Henry (Reader) 10/12/2003
Nice poem Miss Caldwell. Full of emotions and heart. It makes memory of what happens today and as he recalls the yesteryears. He shall be with his loved one soon,very soon,Amy. Please give him my love from Kijuana(Becca's friend).
Kijuana in Roanoke,Texas a Rural community
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 10/12/2003
This is touching. That last stanza is excellence in every way. The emotions in this quite heart string tugging material! Fine work Janet. Memories are quite wonderful instruments. Was a pleasure to read the story. Range my good woman...IS THERE ANYTHING you can't write about?!!!

Teresa Emilie
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 10/12/2003
What a MOVING and TOUCHING write and MEMORY YOU MADE TODAY! It is just magnificient! I know you shall cherish the times you have made with this man. It brings back memories of how well I work with the elderly. (volunteering at the hospital and nursing home)

Brava my dear! A contender for the next contest I agree!
Becca in Roanoke,Texas a Rural community
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 10/12/2003
Such a beautiful and touching write! Most moving.

Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 10/12/2003
super great poem Janet, told very well from the heart, in detail, Al

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