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Winding  down wrinkled bumpy lanes , halting steps not taken back 
Barefoot strolls over hot rough  streets, skimming across smooth asphalt tracts 
Friends,  neighbors and lovers  after  all turned their backs 
Life shows once again its  cruel wrath, onward down these same long paths 
Those  cool dark shadows touched, the small pools quickly douse the burning feet
Plodding slowly thru puddles devoid of rage and grief ,cool rest stops to beat the heat
 Life is green and vibrant all  along these ways 
The lush green grass and tropical flowers all welcome happy stays
A momentary pause to quench the ire ,Onward down  these paths as I  retire 
to the sea I go at long last and till it passes, will time recall these lonely treks 
Treading  the smooth velvet of white burning sands
piled high with jewels , cars and houses upon every  land 
White capped waves pushed by careless winds  rushing madly to meet the sand
 A pipers fluttering  feet , seeking food for winter  times, dances between the  rolling surf 
 Invisible riders ,catching  waves sailing over  warm gentle breezes, marking their turf 
 Points of light , growing smaller as they march down the sand , disappear amidst the hazy skyline 
 Orange orb ,rising moon, merrily  shows it face, sitting between diamonds and black ,eerie and sublime 
 The deserted beaches of mid September, all full of life s remembrance
The laughter , the playing children , the sun at your back
 The cool waves lapping toes and feet,  we  run to these quiet little pools to momentarily quench  the heat
And finally plunge head long into the salty deep
Life once more is given back , the wealth, the friends, and boring jobs
 ,the ones that  rob  life,  love and sleep
Where are those days , those first halting steps taken full of strife 
 I long for the cool places and the short dark shadows reached full of life

Copyright © jim joyce

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  1. Date: 3/6/2014 1:04:00 PM
    ... "the ones that rob life, love and sleep" - know them so well. You have a way of capturing moments with words.

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 5:06:00 AM
    Great writing, Jim! Welcome to the Soup! Cheers Jack!

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 11:56:00 PM
    Very nice wording here!!! Good job.