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It Was the Third of June

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It Was the Third of June

June Second at the beach we played scrabble He protested the use of “ode” I told him of the “Ode to Billy Joe” With friends we laughed the entire way home And when they left, Daniel proposed He tied a string 'round my finger, said it would be replaced by a ring It was the Third of June (another sleepy, sandy Florida day) When Daniel picked me up for a dip in Dog Lake I suggested we swim across He was reluctant, but swam anyway Reaching the middle of the lake “I can’t make it,” he called to me “You’re kidding,” I laughed, turning to see Daniel splashing futilely Although I tried to pull him to shore, We crossed underwater plants He must have thought they were snakes and broke away Dark water with tannic acid Where did he go? I screamed for help The search was underway when paramedics arrived Linking hands, everyone walked into the water But it was Daniel’s friend Art who found his hand “It was like he was reaching out to me,” he said Of course, it was too late My sweet man had met his fate And I made a vow Every June Third, I drive out to Dog Lake Remembering the good times we shared And praying Daniel found eternal rest
*Entry for Joann’s contest. True story.

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 6/2/2012 10:01:00 AM
    Very sad Write here Carolyn.Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 8:12:00 PM
    Congrats, Carolyn. Awesome. Great job. Nice going. Kudos. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 2:31:00 PM
    I missed this one somehow. With June 3rd coming up I will think of you and your sorrow, hoping for a smile to come your way on that fated day. Love, daver

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:34:00 PM
    Carolyn congrats on your great win..David

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:12:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Memories of June" contest Carolyn although it is such a sad memory for you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 10:23:00 AM
    Such a terrible thing to breed such a good seems some of the best are that way. I tried to write one for the memory of may contest that was about something happy....but all I can remember of May is something terrible. It seems you have the same problem with June. I can relate to this work in a big way.

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 10:38:00 AM
    Heartfelt and heartbreaking write. Thanks, ladies - enjoyed the contest : )

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 12:12:00 AM
    Sad and heart wrenching write my friend Carolyn. This has only wet my eyes. Hats off to your courage and for writing such a heart touching write. My good wishes for your contest entry and thank you my friend for your wonderful words on my new Poem. Love and best wishes always...Ravindra...Carolyn Devonshire

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 9:21:00 PM
    Terribly sad, Carolyn... a heartbreaking experience. Wow...this poem changed my mood...

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 5:45:00 PM
    Heart wrenching Carolyn, a powerful write, deep deep memories, love to you, VIe.

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:33:00 PM
    This is so sad my dear friend.You brought tears to my eyes with this write..Yep,its an absolute winner.Hugs and Love,Arild

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:13:00 PM
    Carolyn it starts quite merry, then the overwhelming sadness hits you full force, you really are a very strong lady, absolute David

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:04:00 PM
    Reads like a winner..The story told again helps to honor the one you love..Thanks for stopping by my blog..I will consider tea for the contest and am still deciding on the forms and rules, etc..Good luck in the contest..That would be a hard loss to get over..Sara

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 3:28:00 PM
    I had to come back and read it again... Terry

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 3:24:00 PM
    Oh... Awonderful description of a terrible thing... I'm speechless... good luck in the contest... Terry ( and many thanks for your kind comments :)) )