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The Stage
by Joyce P. Hale
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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When days were bright and nights were long
we knew that we were wise and young.
We loved away the days and nights,
we sang the songs and tripped the lights;
believed that friends would always be
nearby to join in our revelry.

Now days are short and memories fill
the dark of night when cold winds chill.
We thought that wisdom came with age,
but all the years were just a stage
where we were actors, courting time,
trying to paint our own design.

We glance behind at years gone by,
at how the hours did laugh and fly;
we think of friends we walked beside,
the web of love and joy cast wide;
and wonder when the heavens' turning
changed all our dreams into a yearning.

I look back into my lifetime's haze -
when did they become the good old days!?
         Joyce P. Hale

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/7/2005
Wonderful expression of the "dance of time." Compelling verses, Joyce. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/5/2005
Written with great skill.
These are the good old days in the future. As good as we make 'em..
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 12/4/2005
Beautiful rhyme and rhythm ... the "good ole days" are here and now!

Love & Light,
Reviewed by jude forese 12/3/2005
an excellent reflection on the passing of time ... great rhyme & meter ...
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/3/2005

The dance of wisdom under the music of beauty is on "The Stage".
Each verse-dancer performs its finale to give pass to the next to complete the performance.

I have enjoyed a wonderful show.

I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Apprentice-Poet by the Grace of The Mother-Poet.
Reviewed by F William Broome 12/3/2005
Good one! But during your time on stage you got great reviews, and we'll remember you for all time. You pen wonderful lines to make me sad and glad at the same time. Thanks! - Bill

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/3/2005
Excellent offering....though bittersweet!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/3/2005
Joyce this is one very splendid poem! How beautifully you tell of how swift go the years. Superb rhyme and rhythm!
Reviewed by Aberjhani 12/3/2005
This bittersweet dance of remembrance shines with the warmth of love and wisdom that fill every line. If the meaning of life truly is in the journey, then certainly loving "away the days and nights" is not a bad way to make such a trip:-)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/3/2005
A very good question, Joyce - I often wonder the same.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/3/2005
I don't recall either. Do you suppose the children of today will grow to our age and look back wishfully on THEIR good old days? If they will that can only meant that the world has sunk to untold of lows. Nice poem.

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