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Below is the poem entitled THE SIXTY-FOURTH REUNION which was written by poet Leonard Kleeman. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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By Leonard Kleeman

We held our 64th reunion just the other day.
We were the best class of 1949 we'd say.
Just us guys alone (we were not co-ed),
The girls came later after we all were wed.

Those of us who were left after all the years
would remember those gone and then shed some tears.
We lost some in Korea and some just passed away.
And some we couldn't find even to this day.

But of those who were left, we had a good core.
And we'd meet every year, and now for 64.
Some couldn't make it this time because they were ill.
Others would just forget as we elders commonly will.

A few came with walkers and then some with canes.
We were all old friends but couldn't remember some names.
We'd look around and see lots of white hair
and then there were others who had none to spare.

We ate and we laughed and some even took pills
We listened to each other and knew most had some ills.
The ills weren't discussed because it wasn't quite polite
and we wanted to think only of our high school day's delight.

Those were the years when we were just starting out.
We had health and vigor and had no reason to pout.
We were students and athletes and musicians too.
   Our futures were bright and life was still new.

We lived so many years since we left our great school, 
It's now all in our memories that shine like a jewel.
We meet together to share those wonderful gems
And to see each other again like all good old friends. 
As we depart the reunion, shake hands and give hugs,
We stop to wonder with several deep shrugs
Who will be here next year and who will be gone.
We hope all will return and see the next dawn.

We are all octogenarians and still like to hang around.
We hope to be here longer and live to paint the town.
So for all you guys out there, we'll meet again next year.
Our 65th will be a blast and for that we'll give a cheer. 

Copyright 2013 by Leonard Kleeman.  All rights reserved, including reproduction in whole or in part in any form.

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  1. Date: 12/26/2013 4:49:00 PM
    a wonderful poem with excellent rhythm and rhyme. i hope you got to share this poem with the members of the reunion - you've summed it all up so beautifully!

    Kleeman Avatar Leonard Kleeman
    Date: 12/26/2013 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your wonderful comments. Most of my classmates have read the poem and were delighted. Your input very much appreciated. Len
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 5:14:00 PM
    Leonard this is one great poem my friend. I absolutely enjoyed every word of it. it is so nice to read good verse with a good theme too. Well done, glad I found you...peter

    Kleeman Avatar Leonard Kleeman
    Date: 12/21/2013 7:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Peter. I am new at this and read some of yours and loved them. Rhymes, lyrics, ballads - great. I am also a vet (Korea) and served for 7 years. Merry Christmas my friend.