When Young Dreams Die

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    When I was young, a pre-teen, there was a young man who drowned at Cotton Mill Lake. I have no true knowledge of the event, and, am not even sure of his name. I just liked the sound of his name and was inspired by the events as I envisioned them.

    When Young Dreams Die

    When Johnny Canfield was just seventeen
    He was six feet,five and raw-boned-lean
    If problems arose, Johnny was slow to anger
    Johnny had a keen mind that sensed danger
    When one of his friends was in frantic need
    He would not tarry, but was swift to heed

    His head was full of coal black hair
    That was combed back from his face with flair
    Saturday night, at the dance with a pal
    He sought out Judy, his very best gal
    Arms 'round her waist he hoped this moment could last
    Then Judy would swoon as he held her fast
    People watched as the young lovers swirled
    Two people lost in their own little world

    When the clock struck midnight, the dance was done
    John and Judy drove to the lake to be alone
    Along the lake road were parked cars full of steam
    Taking their place among scattered love's dream
    John and Judy discussed their future together
    To work on the problems they had to weather
    They swore their love with one, long passioate kiss
    In all of her life, Judy had never known such bliss
    Suddenly,  Johnny jumped to his feet, feeling so alive
    Sure their problems were solved he went for a dive

    As his head entered the water Judy drew in a gasp
    In the dimness floated a section of a tree collapse
    Friends later were told that his neck had been broken
    Stunned how suddenly life was gone, no words were spoken
    So shocking the story of the death of their friend
    That Judy was forgotten, never thought of again
    At the cemetery, I say goodbye, my mother is, now, also gone
    Her name was Judy and she was proof that life does go on









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    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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