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  Fifty-Eight Years Past
by Mark M Lichterman
Monday, May 30, 2011
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 58 Years Having Passed

 

 I’ve heard it said,

first true love is

love never to be

forgotten.

 

If this be the case,

though fifty-eight

years having passed

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

seventeen.

 

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

absurdity,

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 past,

the lady in line

could not be the girl from out my

past!

 

Yet...

 

Yet, 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 having passed

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 forgotten.

 

The lady in line...

this old lady in line

could be the girl

this now old man has never forgotten.

 

This old lady in line

could be the girl

this now old man has always loved.


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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/2/2011
I think our very first love is never forgotten. It is always in the back of our mind.
hug
Kathy
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/1/2011
LOVE is NEVER forgotten not even after FIFTY-EIGHT years, True Love is strong Markie to never be forgotten or set aside.

Your #1 Newfie Friend Hugs, XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/31/2011
WOW! FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS PAST...THAT'S A LONG TIME TO CARRY A 'TORCH' FOR SOMEONE. I THOUGHT I READ THIS BEFORE BUT IN THE ONE I READ BEFORE, I BELIEVE IT MADE MENTION OF BEING MARRIED NOW AND I THOUGHT OF HOW HIS WIFE NEVER REALLY RECEIVED 'ALL' HIS LOVE. BUT IN ANY CASE, I AM NOT WORTHY TO JUDGE ANYONE AND...IF YOU HAVE LIVED WITH YOUR MEMORY OF YOUR 'FIRST LOVE' ALL THESE YEARS AND NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY IT, THEN MAY THE COMFORT IT HAS AFFORDED YOU, CONTINUE TO BE YOURS. I TELL YOU ONE THING, MARK, YOU ARE A FAITHFUL MAN AND THE GIRL FROM THE PAST REALLY LOST A 'GOOD ONE' WHEN SHE LOST YOU BUT I AM SURE, IF YOU'RE MARRIED, YOUR WIFE CAN ATTEST TO THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/30/2011
Somehow love is strong in the heart and the images that once were real remain close, never to be forgotten. Beautiful piece...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/30/2011
Love is never forgotten only put on the back burner sometimes.
fee
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/30/2011
Might not know the face but you always know the eyes. Nice one Mark. Patrick
Reviewed by Richard Orey 5/30/2011
I've been married to my "lady in fine" for 59 years. And I know her well for in my eyes, she has not changed one bit. She looks in the mirror and sees deep lines in her face. I look at her face and see nothing but the woman I have loved all my life. We are so blessed.

A poignant bit of poetry, Mark. Thank you for sharing your deep and unchanging love. I understand completely.

Richard
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/30/2011
A charmer, Mark!
You give eloquence to aging, first loves and to those secrets we hold in our hearts forever. xx
Christine
Reviewed by Connie Faust 5/30/2011
The story is well-told, with such sad longing in each verse. I almost said longing in your voice, for that's how it seems.
The encounter with the lady in line was an interesting interlude.
Who knows? But now, it's time to move on. There are other old ladies out there, waiting and hoping!
Connie
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/30/2011
Words spoken so dear and heartfelt well done and told wonderfully Laura
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/30/2011
Aw! This is so sweet, Mark! Time sure gets away from us fast, doesn't it? And yet...memories of ones we loved so deeply....are as fresh as the day they were created....

Your friend
Anna

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