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by MissCJMonroe

The days will always keep passing
Just mere increments of time
Stacks of hours
That move from the front of me
To behind
As each one expires

How can I be expected to assign
Number values to streaming moments of my life
Following someone else's numeric system
Breaking up things I would rather lop together
And combining things
I would rather separate

Memories and moments carved up to fit
Into neat little boxes on the calendar
Each day with it’s number to distinguish
One from the other

This is how it was taught to us
How we were told to keep track of our journey
But my good mother steered me differently one day
I prefer not to remember this day as August 23rd, 2009
But as the day she and I
Sat in the grass next to the Beavertail lighthouse
Both of us in pretty sundresses
Enjoying the beautiful feeling of an early summer evening
The cool wind on warm skin
The breeze carrying with it the fragrance of sweet grass
Ocean salt
Barbeque and
The lavender smell that
My mother always had and always will have

I would rather remember this
Not as a time stamp or a calender square
But as a moment
When I still had my mother’s chin on my hair
And she still had me safely lying against her chest
And we were both smiling

She told me to look out at the beautiful ocean
And to remember everything about just right then
To take a picture of it in my mind
Of a time when we were together
And happy
Our bellies full with good food
And I was wearing that pretty sundress

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Re: HOW TO REMEMBER (Score: 1 )
by Khem on Monday, November 09, 2009 (02:59:43)
This poem is a pleasant enough read, but it is lacking in emotional gravitas. I appreciate that it is well written.

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    Re: HOW TO REMEMBER (Score: 1 )
    by MissCJMonroe on Monday, November 09, 2009 (09:15:28)
    Thank you for your honest critique, it is highly appreciated. I will take that into consideration.

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Re: HOW TO REMEMBER (Score: 1 )
by JPerry1980 on Thursday, November 12, 2009 (21:42:40)
Sometimes it is good to lose yourself in the bombast expression of passion within Wagner, flights of Valkyries and kingdoms and echoes of greatness within Valhalla. Other times, it is best to find yourself within the string of Mozart's peace, realizing that the tears and the passion will come within both expressions of that same spirit, that great elan vital, that burns within us all. Too often I lose myself within Wagnerian epics and the powerful opus, neglecting the peaceful beauty and presence found within a Mozart piece. Entirely too often. This was Mozart, saying what you wanted to say with great peace and yet that same passion, and is beautifully done. Great work, Carleigh. You have the all too rare gift of writing that many here assume, but few present, my new friend. -- j.

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