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An Independence Day memory fragment - my husband and I along with our daughter and her small family have just set up our lawn chairs and blankets for the little ones along the crowded avenue from which we’ll view the parade. As the big event gets underway, we realize to our dismay the sun shines directly into our eyes making it difficult to see, but it’s too late to move to another spot. The sun beats down; I feel unexpectedly exhausted as my grandson gleefully shouts: Grandma, look at this! Grandma, look at that! A float like I’ve seen a dozen times before passes by my heavy eyes. . . The sun caresses my face so warmly, no other time have I felt so relaxed or so removed from everything around me in the midst of such a large mass of people. Knowing I should show interest for the grandkids, I still keep sinking into sweet oblivion while the world simply fades away. . . Written Sept. 10, 2013 for the Fragment Poetry Contest of Broken Wings

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  1. Date: 1/18/2014 2:33:00 PM
    Lots of inferrance here I see Andrea, the attention holding family... The great efforts that go into the occasion, 'the sun' that maybe is the reality check..? against that garish illusion about to focus crowd awareness..' a bit like the elections i suppose..'

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 4:58:00 PM
    lovely experience, lovely poetry,,

  1. Date: 10/17/2013 4:26:00 PM
    I can relate to this poem. The kids sure love to watch a parade. Took the girls and now will be time to take the boys. Wish the kids would have had kids 10 years ago when i had more energy. LOL love phyl

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 8:20:00 AM
    Been there for the children myself;It's worth it for their bright eyes and smiles. Life takes that wonder of things away to soon!

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 3:04:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your poem. It was lovely and "the world simply fades away" was brilliant. Best wishes Linda x

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Aww, they should move Independence Day to January, that's January 2095 lol, yes those floats zzzzzzz, bin there Petal haha. Congratulations on the win. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 10:55:00 AM
    My kind of relaxing day.

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 10:13:00 PM
    always enjoying your poems . Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 11:38:00 PM
    Such a beautiful memory, Andrea. Lainie

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 7:40:00 AM
    Great winning work....congratulation!

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:15:00 PM
    nice winning poem...LINDA

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 9:21:00 AM
    Another world. I recall the Independence Day parade with the sun shining off soldiers silver helmets and the bass drum pounding in my little chest. Good thoughts. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 7:31:00 PM
    I was laughing myself i get your point very clear Congrats on your win. Morgan

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Congrats! Hmn...GL

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 8:00:00 AM
    a beautiful life can be.. congrats on the win, Andrea :)

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:01:00 PM
    Lucky to be a Grandma! ;) Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 8:54:00 AM
    The sun is beaming in the east window of my study at this very moment, making me squint to see the screen with only your poetry to open my eyes. Congratulations on this nice piece.

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:27:00 AM
    appropriate poem from a sun worshipper, andrea! such a relaxed, sleepy feel about this one; congrats on your win! oh and thanks for the birthday blog you did for me, I was trying to keep that quiet! haha but it was nice of you all the same :)

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 8:33:00 PM
    Congratulations......quite a reverie you were in...blame the warm sun and being very tired.... SuZ

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:17:00 PM
    I was not surprised that Constance loved this one........ a fragment of time to slip away into one's own peace of mind. I loved it!! Congratulations!