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Senses of My Summer Play

I have swept the sidewalk and watered the flowers- the yard is perfect you see
Afforded the time to swing in the rocker and drink southern sweet tea
As I sip from my favorite old fruit jar- a steady northern breeze accommodates
 My thoughts wonders back to recall the best remembered days-
 of youthful summer s gone by 
What precious memories to an old man like me- whose senses have dulled – now denied
I gladly endure and believe in the best of cures- the wonders and joys of youthful age
So I will tell you heartedly what cannot be forgotten- senses of my summer youthful play
The sting of my palm while playing catch with my older brother-
 who died when I was thirteen 
Or the flicker of lighting bugs caught in a Mason fruit jar –imaginative fairy queens 
A croaking daddy bullfrog while fishing on Pine Lake – just Tom, Dad and me
The earthy aroma of freshly cut grass before playing ball at the little league
The sweet watery meat of a stolen watermelon-the farmer knew it was me
A dip in Pear Creek wearing nothing at all- with a summer’s kiss from Mary Ann-
- when I was fifteen
Playing pirates and Tarzan in the back yard- under the laughing- weeping willow tree
Or the July Ozark Mountain visits to grandmother’s house - I still believe she loved best- only me
The carefree rides- wind in my face- on my new Schwinn bike with my best bud Steve
The mournful tears as I watched Old Yeller- when I thought I was too old to cry
I will stop for now- there are reddish clouds with filtered flashlight beams filling a dusking night
For it’s time to eat my bread and wash for bed- I hope my dear wife will not be snoring tonight

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 5:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Frank's "A Summer Memory" contest Mark. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/1/2012 9:06:00 AM
    Oh how you made me remember you will be my muse for today ;) Congrad's on your BIG win SO nice to meet you. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 12:22:00 PM
    congrats on the placement.......~sashi

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 11:41:00 AM
    Where would be without our memories? Very well done. Congratulations on your no. 1. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 7:47:00 AM
    Congrats on a lighthearted write about eveyday life...tis so sweeet! :) Gwendolen

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 2:56:00 AM
    my hands are tied...a generic sweet cheers to you for a great win... :) huggs and love, mark!

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 9:43:00 PM
    wonderfully descriptive piece, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 9:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Mark!! Wonderful write and memories for us all :) Well Done...big hugs,love~deb

    Goodson Avatar Mark Goodson
    Date: 4/29/2012 9:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Deborah!
  1. Date: 4/29/2012 8:51:00 AM
    Oh, wow....I love this poem so much, Mark. All these memories, somehow make me remember my own...similar times, and quite much like your own. A wonderful recollection!!

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 8:19:00 AM
    Thank You all very much- the honor is muchly appreciated.

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 7:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest with this remarkable memory filled poem.

    Goodson Avatar Mark Goodson
    Date: 4/29/2012 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for having chosen y as a winner. It is an honor to be recognized and have my words thought of as worthy.
  1. Date: 4/29/2012 5:07:00 AM
    Hi congrats on your win, sorry this is a cut and paste congrats, I am on my hols with limited connectHi ionXX

    Goodson Avatar Mark Goodson
    Date: 4/29/2012 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for having chosen y as a winner. It is an honor to be recognized and have my words thought of as worthy.
  1. Date: 3/28/2012 5:56:00 PM
    What an awsome write!! Thank you for sharing Mark! I think everyone cried when "Old Yeller" died ;) and I still catch lightening bugs...I just don't put them in jars anymore...lol thanks for the mem'rys...bighuggsss,love~deb

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 1:47:00 PM
    The perfect poem to finish a summery day with! :) Thanks for sharing it.