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Wildwood New Jersey

as i sit and watch the ocean
the waves tumble along
lick the sand and drop
treasures behind...

the sky blends
beyond the horizon
everything seems as one

an advertisement 
from a plane barely heard
catches my eye

the salty spray
kisses my cheek
and mingles with tears
as my memory recalls;

i remember the long rides
that seemed like forever
the board games, the shoving
to see out the windows, the 
are we there yet from talkative lips
silenced only by the smell of ocean air

the walks down to the beach
that seemed to take forever
(but are much longer now)

the walks down the boardwalk
“watch the tram car please”
echoing behind our backs
as we tried to see through the cracks

the amusements piers, the golden nugget,
the log flume with the ocean just beneath
the lights reflected back as we laughed

it’s changed some now
the piers and rides differ
and the walk even longer
the ocean no longer beneath
reflecting lights back as it did

i go often as an adult
watch the ocean, listen to her
as my silence falls with her waves
my memories tumble along
like lost shells, i gather them
and treasure them the same...

i sit alone, wish you here
feel you near, pretend it’s the same

walk the boardwalk
from beginning to end
and back, with the tram car
echoing behind my back

i gather fudge from “Laura’s”
taffy from “James” savor the moment
as if it were the same

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  1. Date: 11/28/2012 5:23:00 AM
    Recalling the child mind always seems to set me free in a melancholy sort of way, and your poem captures the magic of it beautifully, I particularly like your verse that begins, "I go often as an adult", it gives great perspective on life now, as an adult. Fantastic write. Read ;{>

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 3:30:00 PM
    well Sandra, different country, yet the sentiment is just the same, this is a lovely of memories...

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 1:49:00 PM
    Well Sandra, my family did the same!! Playing the arcade games for a 25 cents back then lol... all the cool rides like the log floom and haunted house.. and that annoying "what the tram car please" lol thank you for bringing back some nice memories.. luv n hugs Michael

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams
    Date: 11/25/2012 1:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    have you been there recently? the ocean used to come close to the piers at night...i remember it feeling like the rides swung out over the ocean, but's sooooo far away, the beach grows every year in wildwood! Thanks for reading!
  1. Date: 11/25/2012 1:05:00 PM
    You almost brought me to tears with this one.I love how you put so much into it it.. I kinda felt like I could see it all as I walked with you.Very emotional... <3

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams
    Date: 11/25/2012 1:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Dan...we always went there as a family, my whole childhood...i go every year still, often day trips, often alone (my kids go sometimes, but don't always want to) i always go back in memories...wanted to post for the new jersey contest and it took a turn through memories...