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  That First Minute
by Charles B. Neff
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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While writing and recollecting, I tried to retrieve various events, and impressions about them, from earlier in my life. Soon I realized how much of what I remembered was contained in, or at least triggered by, by the first minute of those experiences.


 

                That First Minute
 
That first minute. How you want it
To last forever. Or to disappear.
It holds so much: a first impression
That never quite abandons you.
As joyful as a meadow full of flowers.
Or as painful as a loss for words
You discover later and wish you had used.
Everything collects in that first minute.
The seductive sound of a strange language,
Meaning just beyond the edge of your brain.
Smells that fix a unique place,
Which, as they touch your senses again,
Put you instantly back there once more.
Later you live with special people
And life gifts you other pleasures.
But those first minutes have a grip on you.
They are index, catalogue and cheat sheet
Our first and most-used references.
I don’t remember all of them all all the time,
But they’re there to refresh me,
Quietly waiting their turn in memory.
 
 
 
Charles B. Neff
7/9/2010

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 1/28/2011
Interesting poem, Charles. How I wish I had made a good impression on impressionable people over the years!

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Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/13/2010
Very well penned, Charles
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 7/12/2010
Well written! That's the best description I've read of senses working together to bring powerful memories back.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/11/2010
AND THANK GOD FOR THEM...FOR THE FLOOD OUR MINDS JUST WHEN WE SO DEARLY NEED THEM! WELL DONE, CHARLES AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING. LOVE AND BLESSINGS, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS

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