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Memories Beyond the Door

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Memories Beyond the Door

One by one they have slipped away,
Beyond the one way door,
The friends who once were near and dear
Are not here anymore.

I don’t know why I am the one,
Who’s been the last to stay
As others take my memories
And go so far away.

Not one loved person who was there
When I first came to Earth
Is still around to share with me
The wonder of my birth.

And when I found this lovely place
Where I could share my dreams,
I made new friends who treated me
With kindness and esteem.

But now it seems so many leave
Without a backward glance.
I am afraid I’m doomed to be
The last one at the dance. 


Written:  April 30, 2013

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  1. Date: 5/10/2013 10:52:00 AM
    Amazing. My heart felt and believed every word. So sad and yet touchingly beautiful. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 9:58:00 AM
    congrats on a fine win Joyce

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:20:00 AM
    Interesting way to bring out the sense of melancholy. I feel your poem is not one that pierces through the heart but leaves a curious, long lasting pang of bitterness in the reader. Well written, Joyce. And I really appreciate your kind comment on my poem too.

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 1:36:00 AM
    So touching. Many congrats dear Joyce.

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 12:28:00 AM
    Very sad but very beautiful, Joyce. Congratulations on your win.-Red

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 11:07:00 PM
    oh Joyce this is just lovely, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 6:30:00 PM
    I really fall for this emotional poem Joyce, sad, tender, yet beautiful :) thank you for your congrats and kindly visit before :) wishing you a lovely day :D g, Yanny

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 6:02:00 PM
    Oh sweetie....its because you still spread joy to us....congratulations

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 5:53:00 PM
    thanks for stopping by and congrats on your win as well.take care

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 1:30:00 PM
    This is such a great poem, so emotional and so real. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 12:48:00 PM
    Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 2:16:00 PM
    joyce, my parents like you lived to be in their late nineties..They made friends with younger people at church which helped them to have friends even though their family and friends had gone on..Great work about a timely topic which touches on the lives of so many elderly..Sara

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 1:23:00 PM
    You are SO good..Keep dancing my dear...BG

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 12:23:00 PM
    Terrific Joyce!!! So well written and so sad. The flow, rhyme and rythmn all help in setting the tone of this sad refrain. It should do well in the contest. Joe

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 2:19:00 AM
    Gut-wrenching in its most beautiful, rare expression, joyce... thanks for the ' welcome back..' you and your poetry were missed.. now, i can savor both again!.. best wishes!..:) huggs