WINTER OF 33

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WINTER OF 33

WINTER OF 33

  

WINTER OF 33

I looked and saw him; a handsome
young man with the swagger and gait
of innocence. A smile and laugh the
radiance of which could be seen and
heard for miles. A safe haven
On a dark lonely night.
He was an attractive soul
going his own way.

I looked and he was old.
I looked and he was older.
I looked and he was no more.

When next I laid eyes on him it was
cigarettes and gin; a new tattoo and pretty
ladies each in a flowered dress. It was an
afternoon in June, the kind that makes you
Sleepy.

I looked and he was old.
I looked and he was older.
I looked and he was no more.

When I next saw him it was in the winter
of ‘33. Huddled around a gin-joint stove with a lady on each knee,
no flowered dress misses these.
It was still cigarettes
and tall glasses of gin.
It was one-bed sleeping
Three. It was cards most nights until the luck
ran out. But there was still that smile and a laugh that could be
heard for miles.

I looked and he was old.
I looked and he was older.
I looked and he was no more.

When next we meet
he came to me as I sit
at a café table. There were no
Cigarettes; only a cough and morphine
had replaced the gin to dull the pain. The
easy smile was still alive though the laughter had almost died.
He took my hand one last time,
asking…
“WILL I LAUGH AGAIN?”

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79VETTE commented on WINTER OF 33

01-13-2010

Yes you are correct. Believe it or not this is a religious poem. I used three connecting lines of three lines each. Fathers on and holy ghost. Itâs about free will and that God keeps looking in on us But in the end he is always there for each and every one of us. Anyway thatâs how I envisioned it. Thank you for reading. Dave

Teardrops commented on WINTER OF 33

01-11-2010

the poem speaks of life and rencarnation of life and the way we throw it away great read thanks

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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79VETTE’s Poems (41)

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LOVE 1
SILENCE OF SNOW 0
MEMORIES OF A BLUE BUNGALOW 0
A TENEMENT ON JONES STREET 1
RED SKY’S IN THE MORNING 3
BLACK KNIGHT 1
SAINT ELMO’S FIRE 3
SUNDAY MORNING GUILT ENOUGH TO GO AROUND 1
NO MATTER AT $4.95 1
THE BOX 1
THE WHEEL TURNS 1
UP THE BLUE STAIRS 1
THE KISS 1
A QUESTION OF SLEEP 1
EARLY MORNING COFFEE 1
Crimson Leaf 1
A QUESTION OF YESTERDAY 4
3 A. M. 2
LOUIS 4
THE RIVER 6
FOUR POEM ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS 1
COACH 10 SEAT 12 2
In The Name of the Father 2
ECHOES OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT 1
MYSTIC DREAM 1
EARTHS BREATH 3
THE FERRYMAN 3
Winter Tide 3
SCARLET RIBBON 3
THE CROW 5
THE HOUSE & AUNT MILDRED 5
WINTER OF 33 2
Rain in a Tin Cup 4
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Crystal of Time 0
Invisible People 1
HOW I LONG 1
THE BOXWOOD TREE 2
THE EMPTY ROOM 3