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Tangled Vines

I walk along the old familiar path in the wood of my childhood - the place that I willingly abandoned for the lure of new friends and activities that carried me ever farther from my simple carefree days. Nothing here is quite the same, and all that once was large to my child’s eyes has grown small. How can it be? The houses on the fringe of this old wood are the same houses we always came upon as children as we ran - exuberant wild Indians of our enchanted forest - away from our foes and into the safety of “clearings” - those back yards of neighbors whom we never really knew. Our small legs ran so quickly down that well-worn long-ago path in the days when we were soldiers hastening to secure our forts. Other times we searched for treasures in the wood's crevices, finding - one day - bed springs, metal pieces, and old mattresses and converting them into contraptions for jumping. I tread slowly, noticing how many spots along my way are now overrun with weeds and tangled vines. How did I ever not notice there were vines here at all? They must have been well hidden off our path. Perhaps a kindly neighbor kept the pathway clear of them out of consideration for all us kids. I cannot know. . . It was so long ago. I glimpse the raspberry bushes we used to happily discover each summer when fuzzy berries showed brightly red and plump. And there’s old man Miller’s house, whose fence we used to climb so we might quickly steal the juicy apples fallen from his tree. Sadness tugs at my heart. The tree has vanished, and in the place of old man Miller’s shed now sits a swing set looking barely used. I head toward the center of this miniature forest recalling how it used to hold such grandness in my young imagination. The pond where we used to skate in winter has disappeared as well. In its place is a broad high pile of dirt, and at the north outer edge in the distance I can see diverse machines used for excavation. Maybe soon the wood will be cut down. Though small, this place was once so wondrous! I think back to our Christmas vacations, looking for the perfect little hill to drag our sleds up- and the thrill of barely missing trees as we slid back down. Everything was magical, crisp and clean. Suddenly I trip on tangled vines I’ve failed to see. The vines are stumbling blocks that have blotted out the utter charm this locale once held for me. You’d think that being smaller to my grown-up eyes, the wood would seem even simpler now. But no, it’s lost the grace of my simple and easy childhood days; It’s become a labyrinth of too lush plant life. I think how - like my complicated life - this old familiar place is decaying and is overwhelmed with all these obnoxious vines and how one day - like the pond and Mr. Miller’s apple tree - this dear wood will have vanished. inspired by events of my childhood and the contest of Constance la France and now for Caleb Smith's In the Woods Poetry Contest

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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 8:36:00 PM
    sweet win Andrea...............SKAT

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 8:35:00 PM
    This poem was an amazing journey to read! I enjoyed it, and this brought back good memories of childhood. Excellent writing, Andrea! This was very deserving of first place in the contest! Congratulations!...Thank you for the nice comments. I really appreciate it!

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 1:16:00 PM
    Such great memories down memory lane, your mind so bright still invites us in with you, congrats on your win xxx

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 11:42:00 AM
    Absolutely awesome Andrea...congratulations!...

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 5:58:00 AM
    how come I've never seen this one before? it's an epic piece, andrea, with an undercurrent of sadness running through it...I like the personal take and the glimpse into your life and past - congrats on your 1st place win :)

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 8:30:00 PM
    Hi dear, have been out of town for a week or so, trying to catch up. congrats on a beautiful win..I meandered through your childhood with you. BG

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Awesome write Andrea and an awesome win as well...congrats! love this one! hugs :)

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 3:36:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Andrea

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Andrea, thank you for your wonderful entry in my contest. This poem was my favorite and it really struck a chord in me. I was happy to see that it was yours!

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 12:03:00 PM
    awesome win, Andrea. :-) CONGRATS!!! xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 11:37:00 AM
    Contest Winners: In the Woods. Sponsored by: Caleb Smith. - Congratulations on your wonderful poem in this contest, Andrea - Pleased to read your poem, well written! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 11:25:00 AM
    Congrats with your wel deserved (!) walkin stick... :-)

  1. Date: 8/5/2013 11:07:00 AM
    My big congratulations on your super win, Andrea! You always vow me with your brilliant verses! Thanks for sharing your poetry. Have a wonderful Monday. Hugs, Andrew.

  1. Date: 8/1/2013 8:45:00 AM
    I tread slowly, slowly, slowly. When is the next one?

  1. Date: 8/1/2013 3:43:00 AM
    Wow!!!!!!!! beautiful and beautiful.

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 2:53:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Andrea

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Missed this first time around..its stunning. I would love to see it published..Congrats my dear. BG

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 7:40:00 AM
    andrea - if ever a poem was deserving of a number one placement in a contest, it is this one! absolutely magnificent!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 3:55:00 AM
    Fantastic!Beautifully written...Congrats on your well deserved win in this contest,dear friend...Kudos to you...

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 7:36:00 PM
    Stunningly beautiful. I love nostalgia in story and yours is tops of the list. Very well written. I can see quite clearly the youth from yesteryear enjoying this paradise. The tangled vines seem more than just physical, but also part of the memories and the struggle to remember a time when this landscape held you youth. Well deserving a 1st place in Constance's contest. I enjoyed this so much - I have already read it three times!!