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Where The Sycamore Grew

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Where The Sycamore Grew

The house seemed smaller, now seen with older eyes...
The street seemed narrower, the trees taller..
Where once were open fields across the road
New construction had bloomed
The small fruit orchard had disappeared

But somehow we knew it would still be there....
Strangely different, ...yet much the same

There was an unfamiliar young child's tricycle
On the flagstone path that we laid...
In front of this little house that lies
Beyond the curve, where the old sycamore grew...

Suddenly, thirty years faded into that autumn day
And quickly had become a springtime of our lives..... 
...of first Christmas trees,..of first anniversaries...
            ...a place where I cried night after night when mother died...
                       ...and spent long, starry nights holding newborn babes....
Yes....it is all still there, in the little yellow house

Funny, but I'm glad they kept the yellow...
It has the same white shutters...
The little yellow house, with a flagstone pathway that we laid
That sits beyond the curve, where the old sycamore grew...


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  1. Date: 2/21/2014 8:46:00 AM

    Congress Carrie on another wonderful win with this gorgeous poem

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 6:56:00 PM

    Well-penned poem and congrats on the win, carrie

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 3:32:00 PM

    Ah!! The Sycamore poem! How many times I've visited this poem? : D You already now that I love it, that it's in my favs, that I'm going to steal many of your lines ... eventually. Congratulations on your win!! (One of the best in this winners list).

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 4:48:00 AM

    As always many congratulation are due Carrie xx

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 5:27:00 PM

    a lovely nostalgic piece, carrie, I have a similar piece 'moreton lodge memories' about the old house where I used to live...you always paint such vivid pictures with your words - congrats on your win in my contest! :)

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 10:49:00 AM

    I can see it...the little yellow house beside the old sycamore tree!

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 10:30:00 PM

    This reminds me of my home town and the cherry orchards that we rode our bikes through have been removed. I sometimes visit that town (now a major city) and drive by my small childhood home with so many vivid memories. Your poem is a gem :)

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 5:01:00 PM

    Very sentimental work..Congrats on being honored in Andrea's favs..Sara

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 2:19:00 PM

    This is one of the very first of your poems that I read on the soup. I'm still in love with it! RAY

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 10:26:00 AM

    Carrie, this is breathtaking...I LOVE IT!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 11:15:00 PM

    Debbie, this is a lovely write. I recently revisited the house where I spent fifteen years...I can relate to this poem. Cheers!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 2:44:00 PM

    Wow, this is lovely! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:01:00 AM

    Carrie...just lovely...I too have gone back to visit old places I have lived.both good and bad...congratulations

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 9:36:00 PM

    Hi Carrie, Congratulations IN HONOR OF Andrea's favorite POEM contest. *Always & Forever' @->- LINDA -<-@

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:30:00 PM

    Carrie, a sweet win~*~SKAT

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 7:54:00 PM

    Good memories portrayed in fine poetry, Carrie. I like. Congratulations on your top placement in Andrea's "fave poem" contest. :)

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 7:53:00 PM

    Many congrats my dear friend Carrie! This is indeed great and amazing ! I love it & so enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing & the smiles here! Have a grace-filled day! Love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 2:51:00 PM

    Such sweet memories revisited with everythin in place. Brings back some of my own Carrie. A lovely verse to start the new year. Hope yours is filled with more beauties like this one. Love, Lizzie

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 5:29:00 AM

    Love this poem, Carrie. Thank you for your very kind comments on 'Violin'. I am alive and well - working on other writing projects at the moment. I will return to the soup when time allows. Hopefully at the start of the New Year. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Elaine

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 11:44:00 AM

    a master crafts person..Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 2:33:00 AM

    Congrats Carrie on this Excellent poem being placed in the top 100 of poetrysoup.

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 5:12:00 AM

    A belated congratulations Carrie on your win in Brian Strand's "One Off" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 8:02:00 PM

    I remember this one very much Carrie..it is a Fav of me.Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 9:52:00 PM

    HOw well I remember THIS one. a fave of mine and always will be. Congratulations in Brian's contest!

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 6:23:00 AM

    Congrats Carrie on your first place win in this contest with another elegant entry .. we are all first placers in this one ..enjoy with luv.. my friend.

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 12:15:00 AM

    sunny congrats on your top win in brian's "off , one" , carrie... we are all no.1 here in the contest! :) huggs

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 6:55:00 PM

    congrats on the HM win in the contest and very moving poem...enjoyed!

  1. Date: 9/15/2010 9:33:00 PM

    Very "relateable" poem. Reminds me of Miranda Lambert's hit country song, "The House that Built Me." If you haven't heard it, you should. It's a great song. Congrats! --Susan

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 5:43:00 AM

    WOOHOO CARRIE!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRILLIANT WELL DESERVED WIN!!! love & hugs, shar xoxo

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 12:36:00 PM

    Congratulations on a well deserved win in the soup contest.

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