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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

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  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

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 5:05:00 AM
    Beautiful and lovely piece,Carrie.Great write.Congrats on your win in this contest.well deserving.

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 5:03:00 AM
    congrats carrie, I was so impressed with this the first time I read it, but didn't comment - thought I would leave it until you won (I knew you would) it's so evocative and subtly done, and paints a vivid picture of this fascinating and mysterious girl; I think we can all recall such people who leave an impression on us because their lives seem so different from our own! :)

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 4:26:00 AM
    Congrats congrats congrats!!!!! :) beautiful

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 12:31:00 PM
    - Ohhh so :BEAUTIFUL, Carrie !! - Luck in contest! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 12:09:00 PM
    Since I moved away after high school , I too have wondered what became of a good many of my classmates. Some of the boys went to war I know and didn't return. It ws a sad time. This poem brings responsive feelings. Thank you for your comments and concern about my daughter. She is very healthy otherwise and we are very hopeful but very nervous at the same time. Thank you very much. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 6:39:00 AM
    Wow, this is a wonderful and enlightening write here my friend! You have amazed me by the splendor of this incredible poem Carrie, what a supreme piece! I want to let you know that the surgery was a success and that I'm doing well! I will be online only for a short periods of time, and it's regulated by my wife! Thank you for your care and concern, I appreciate that! Thank you!!

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 5:55:00 AM
    Very descriptive and expressive work..Interwoven and captiviting emotion..Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara