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Tender Years

Connie Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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Tender Years

Wet snow just for packing they say
Friends all hyped, full of grins, on a cold day
Four buddies daring one another to take aim
The smallest one made the first throw
Dodging and ducking trying not to be hit
Snowballs bombarding each other in play
Four rosy cheek boys all covered in white
Within laughter, a sound of great pain
The smallest one screamed a very loud cry
A snowball hit him squarely in the eye
Tears flowing, freezing on red streaked cheeks
His glasses were broken, a nose bleed had he
A snowball truce ended our wintry play
All three of us walked him home, chattering away

Today we sit together, thinner hair and a bit gray
Watching snowballs flying by our children at play
A memory we share, friends we'll always be


By Connie Gildersleeve
For Gail Angel's contest, "Tender Years"

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  1. Date: 12/18/2012 2:11:00 PM
    this wonderful Connie, brings back heaps of memories.... another a bit gray and a lot thinner,, harry

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 12/18/2012 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry for your comment. That thinning and a bit gray is from life experiences and wisdom we store up their in our heads. LOL Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 12/17/2012 7:22:00 PM
    this is just delightful, and I love how you ended it with those same people now older and just watching their own children at play. I hope it does well in the contest. I sure like it.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 12/18/2012 7:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks you Andrea for your wonderful comment. The last three line I had a hard time to form. I knew what I wanted but kept getting the count wrong. I couldn't get it to flow, but just I crawled into bed the words came clear. So out of bed I flew, penning before I'd forget. Thanks for the good luck wish. Warm Smiles Always, Connie
  1. Date: 12/17/2012 7:15:00 PM
    We are so blessed to have memories, Connie...they enrich our lives so! Thanks for the kind comment on "Loving You". I'm glad you enjoyed it. And best of luck for Gail's "Tender Years" Contest. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Love, Annalise

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 12/18/2012 7:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your good luck wish in the contest Annalise and it's always my pleasure to read members' poems. Happy Holidays to you and yours my friend. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 12/17/2012 2:14:00 PM
    Love it and remember it well Connie love xx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 12/17/2012 3:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mandy for your comment. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes in the New Year. Warm Smiles Always, Connie