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Letter to an Old Friend

Dear S.,

I was in the market yesterday
digging through a tray of grapes
trying to find the freshest bag,
but most seemed half-decayed.
I was just about to leave
(feeling mighty peeved),
but then - you won't believe!
Carole King came on the radio
and the world began to move real slow.
Even the fruit held its breath
(half-rotten and close to death).
She sang about the earth moving
and the sky tumbling,
and it made me think of you.
I thought of that summer -
the one before our senior year
when your dad taught us how to drive
(and got annoyed and made me cry).
Remember that?
We washed his car with soap and tears,
sipping on bottles of cold root beer.
Out of tune, we'd dance and sing
along to songs by Carole King.
Well, I want you to know - 
You made my day,
even though you're far away.  
And, you know, Carole said it best:
I feel my heart start to trembling
whenever you're around.
I miss that. 
And I miss you.

Love,
Me

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 11:20:00 AM
    I so love listening to your mind work, you have such a mature take on life for such a young lady and memories that sound like they are seasoned like a fine aged wine. Just saw a special with her and James Taylor--good stuff!

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 6:43:00 AM
    love this, congrats on your win in the contest Heather

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 2:27:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Heather. Beautifully penned! AO

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 3:50:00 PM
    this is beautiful.....really captures what friendship is....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 11:22:00 AM
    Good after noon Heather ;-) Congratulations with your wonderful poem of friendship. always & forever *LINDA

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 11:19:00 PM
    It became a Fav! Excellent letter-poem, and the grapes (with everything around them) listened to Carole King and enjoyed your poem very much! Thank you for a 7! G.

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 5:32:00 AM
    heartfelt emotions

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Oh........I love this! I identify with the way a song can take me to "that" place again.......(I LOVE THIS LINE!!!: ..."even the fruit held it's breath"......wow!! ps....and many thanks, Heather, for my placement in the 10 line contest! my honor with such wonderful poems entered! Thank you!

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 2:13:00 PM
    heather!... so honored to have placed in your ' 10 lines' contest... thank you for allowing me to stretch my wings..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 6:50:00 AM
    I gotta say...I love this! Ok...washed the car with soap and tears got me laughing...I spilled some coffee...thanks Heather. ;) A cousin of ours just graduated (one my wife was very close to) Anyway, my wife cried and cried and cried...at one point I told her.."look at the bright side...at least you can knit her a sweater with your tears."...credit that gem to Spongebob...haha

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 4:24:00 AM
    Superbly written. Rick

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 12:21:00 PM
    sweetly poignant without missing a beat... you're a lightbulb!...:) huggs

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 4:24:00 AM
    Memories: Those delightful and loyal companions that accompany us to the end! Masterfully written bringing to life a world forgotten!

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 10:17:00 PM
    Sweet...very sweet Heather. Thank God for music and memories and poets who bring both to life. Hugs

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Heather, I could have been you listening to those songs in early 70's. They do bring back such sweet memories. You are MY age?? Love it and as usual , another fave for me.

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    Date: 6/1/2013 5:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haha! I must admit, I'm only 25, but I discovered my Mum's Carole King albums at an early age and still love her music :)
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:52:00 AM
    Sigh. Never forgetting those that matter to us. This was beautiful.

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 3:51:00 PM
    Such a genuine display of affection, a real poem that shows it's true colors of friendship, I am glad i read this, have a great day xxx

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 2:17:00 PM
    Such a beautiful write, Heather. A worthwhile trip down Memory Lane. I to this day love Carole King's music. Nice one. Licia :-)