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Sandalwood Girl

They are playing that song again,
The one that always reminds me of you,
remembered from some dim region of my past.

The radio weaves the lyrics
like sandalwood incense curling through the air.

       "All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey
        I've been for a walk ....On a winter's day"

There is a picture I've kept, that wrestles with my envy
You at twenty-one, wild and beautiful in a way
I had never been

I  only knew you then, as that hippie girl that lived next door for awhile 
Playing a flute, tambourine, and your guitar... 
A gypsy skirt, a peasant look that took one's breath
A frizz of strawberry blonde hair that streamed thick of ribbons 
and the scent of sandalwood, that floated into my yard
from your wide-opened windows
as I hung bleached-white sheets on a clothesline

I had often wished I were you, ..... flitting about, barefoot in the morning sun
But, I was teaching my toddler to tie his shoes
Both of us twenty-one,.... on two sides of a cedar fence...
a thousand light years apart

       "All the leaves are brown, and the sky is blue
        I've been for a walk......on this autumn day
        and wonder what became
        of you" 

9/18/13 By Carrie Richards

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 7/26/2015 1:16:00 PM
    Carrie.. many congrats on this wonderful winner in the Gals Only contest! Loved the sentimental look back.. A fav!

  1. Date: 7/16/2015 8:48:00 PM
    A beautiful, nostalgic piece, Carrie! Love it! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/16/2015 5:56:00 PM
    Oh Carrie, the sentiment in this poem is so heart warming it made me misty eyed. I once had a friend I admired like that. She lived in back of my little one bedroom with her husband. She was a fashion model, unusually short for a model, but filled with the New York glamour from whence she came. She was so genuine and kind. I have always remembered her. I loved your poem! Congratulations on your win! 7

  1. Date: 7/15/2015 9:11:00 AM
    My absolute favourite so far! Congratulations Carrie.

  1. Date: 7/14/2015 11:42:00 PM
    Carrie, congratulations on your win. **SKAT**

  1. Date: 7/14/2015 11:20:00 PM
    I love your poem it certainly takes me back and makes me think of all the women I had wished I could be like : )

  1. Date: 7/14/2015 9:46:00 PM
    I love the wonderful, nostalgic quality of this poem. It makes me wonder what happened to the friends I've lost contact with... Congrats on the win, Carrie!

  1. Date: 6/3/2014 12:41:00 AM
    Carrie, this lovely nostalgic piece transported me back in time when I was surrounded by the hippie generation that began the movements to take better care of our land and ourselves. Mahalo

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 2:08:00 PM
    i do not like insence but if its sandalwood burn it. congradulations on your first place win. you go girl.

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 8:18:00 PM
    as always...lovely win..Linda

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Different paths in life and both your poem...Congratulations Carrie on yet another awesome win

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 4:24:00 PM
    With your poetry Carrie, I can always hear the music, congratulations on your super win xxx

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 1:22:00 PM
    Knew it was a winner...Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 11:26:00 AM
    Oh Carrie! I feel like you wrote this for me, thank you. So sweet to read your consistently marvelous work, Rock on, Carrie, you're poetry grooves me more than I can express.

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Lovely poem and a deserved first place ...Seren

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 9:03:00 AM
    i am also honored to share this spot with you, your poem is well crafted and beautiful...your hippie girl comes to life! Love this one, congrats on your awesome win :)

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 8:15:00 AM
    well done on a first rate win Carrie well deserved congrats Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Wow, I love the mood and emotion you have created. I also like the nostalgic feel. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 5:55:00 AM
    A stunning & excellent write my dear fried Carrie! I love it. Big hearty congratulations on your well-deserved super win! (I'll also include your other recent super wins). Cheers and super big hugs! Thank you so much for sharing! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 5:54:00 AM
    Wow..And Wow...A definite beauty from beginning to end dear