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Lazy Old River

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Memories of days spent at Hillsborough River State Park near Tampa, FL. 

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Lazy Old River

There’s a lazy old river in the back of my mind
Our family would visit from time to time, 
Where the waters ran gently through countless miles
Of live oaks and woodlands, placid and wild.

Wherein one such place I still can trace 
The vestiges of those days
Filled with watermelon fights and blue herons in flight
And mom’s apple pie, homemade.

With wheelbarrow races and so many faces
Of friends long gone like the rain…
Cool, clean and like a dream
Disappearing, just like they came.  

Playing Tarzan and fly from a rope we would tie
On a limb hanging over the bank
With a loud whooping yell and smile as we fell
Into old man river and sank. 

Down to the bottom and touched the sand
And popped back up once more
Laughing like crazy ‘till the sun set lazy 
Ending our day by the shore.

With our dad and a book and that one special look 
That it’s time to start saying our prayers
Of goodness and grace and thanks for that place
Where my heart still lingers back there.  


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  1. Date: 3/14/2013 6:39:00 PM
    i was able to picture it all so well and it made me wish i was back there with you! great write1

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 4:47:00 PM
    what lovely memories, nice write ...Seren

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Terrell, it sounds like fun.... :-) thank you for taking me into the memory of your childhood. I especially like the image of you swinging like Tarzan,,, humm them good o'days... always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
    You certainly have a way with words so as to make poetry sound easy. An enjoyable, delightful read that held me from start to finish. Nice one, Terrell, as is your wont. Licia :)

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 2:23:00 PM
    This is such a good story...very enjoyable and brings back memories, and warmth.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 1:54:00 PM
    Sounds like a great place, you have a lot going on in the back of your mind.