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I Recall

You'd never know to see me now
that I was ever young,
and never found myself alone.
My songs were all unsung.

I didn't know my life was rich
with full measure of love.
I wasn't born with silver spoon
but with blessings from above.

The sunny days came oftener
than they seem to come today.
I didn't need expensive toys
to be happy in my play.

Those childhood days are over
and will never come again.
I remember them as full of joy,
can't recall a single pain.

I don't remember times when I
felt lonely or alone.
As middle child of large family
I was never on my own.

I remember happiness
in arms of the man I'd marry
as well as those two children
and the other one I carry.

I'm widowed now with children grown,
and I'm living on my own.
Even though I know I'm cherished
I spend most of my time alone.

But I recall togetherness
and happily running free
and all the good folks I have loved,
no longer here with me.

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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 8:14:00 PM
    I love your poem filled with rich memories. Sometimes it is nice to be alone as we get older...I really enjoyed this one....peter

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 6:57:00 PM
    such good memories. and I know how you feel. Even though I am not up there quite yet, I am mostly alone with my kids and their kids off doing their own thing. it is wonderful to touch base with them now and then. But that's why we have our friends and Soup, to keep ourselves happy in life!

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 5:03:00 PM
    You are rich and blessed with memories Joyce, more than most have in a lifetime, I am glad you have a positive attitude towards aging, and the quietude that inevitably comes with growing old, big hugs, are being sent to you xxx

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 8:30:00 AM
    I feel the same way Joyce. All the happy childhood memories seem so far away now and the knocks life gives you make those memories even more special in a bittersweet way. I am alone a lot on weekends because I am still working but enjoy writing and reading poetry. This poem touched me. Hugs Betty

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 3:12:00 AM
    We of the older Gen Beautifully written Both Sad and happy, joy and tears Life is made up of all Bless you Joyce

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 12:38:00 PM
    Beautiful, it sounds like you have lived a blessed life. One day you will be reunited with loved ones lost and youthful vigor will be gifted to you. As for seeming old, that is not apparent in your writing, you express yourself brilliantly.

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 11:48:00 AM
    Joyce, :) CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoyed your win............... Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 7:41:00 PM
    Joyce, , nicely done.... congrats in Frank's contest.... xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 12:50:00 AM
    poems i read from joyce always carry a great grace. people who desseminate love can never ignore joyce's love. to read joyce, pleasure one never looks for leisure. I love you and Suzanne as long as i am sane.

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 7:27:00 AM
    Wow! I feel like crying but I won't because d only thing dat is constant in life is CHANGe. Am happy u had a wonderful childhood experience,its gud to nurture it. Ur poem gave a vivid picture of ur life from cradle to present! You are not alone! We the SOUPERS are here for u,we are part of ur family,be strong. Love, Bob-based on belief

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 7:11:00 AM
    a charming piece, joyce, telling of a life lived to the full - congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:10:00 PM
    Congrats on the win in the contest of Frank, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 9:03:00 PM
    Dearest Joyce... I would take Frank's comment below and double it and feel even then I did not do you justice... I value your love as a friend and love you with the heart of a poet..... Jake

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 8:06:00 PM
    What a beautiful life and family....don't be afraid of being only gives you more time to do artwork and write poetry

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 2:38:00 PM
    There is such pleasure in reading a poem from someone who has made joy out of life, regardless of circumstance. I love your positive outlook on life, and the poem is so uplifting! You are an inspiration!

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:06:00 PM
    beautiful nostalgic write, Joyce. Carolyn said you bought a copy of Shades of Darkness & Light and also Ghost Hunt - thank you so much for your kindness and support xx

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 8:33:00 AM
    Happy to know that once you were a beauty and would be still the same, joyce

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 5:01:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your creative work..When someone created the term "empty nest" they labeled it correctly for that is what it feels like when all of a sudden the children are all gone..You did a great job of creating that emotion of the position that so many ladies in America find themselves..Soup mail..Sara