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Bench of Memories

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Bench of Memories

There's a bench at the high school where I graduated
The wood is cracked, chipped and all weather faded

But in its prime, there each morning faces smiled hello greetings
And was always the agreed upon place, for after school meetings

Many then, lovers initials are carved upon her wood
Though young love didn't last like we thought it could

Also, many peace signs and let's stop Vietnam
Even, one I love John Denver and a, I rule at pac man

Under her bottom is petrified gum of every flavor
Stuck there, because gum in class was considered bad behavior

Like some people need but one name to be known
The Bench, was like a city of its very own....

*reposted because it disappeared from my computer...maybe I accidently deleted it..
©Donna Jones

Originally posted 3-19-2013, On A Bench Contest

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  1. Date: 12/27/2013 5:21:00 PM

    Awe, Donna, I like this one and remember it well... Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with the family. It is still touching... xox.. Linda

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/27/2013 11:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda.....same to ya......hugs and blessings
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 12:08:00 PM

    So many excellent memories Donna!

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/28/2013 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol--I was 66--but high school years are high school years and are much the same no matter when they are, just the years that change but memories of a teenager never do.
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/27/2013 11:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much Craig....I think we graduated sometime close to the same time...77 was my big year.:-) :-) :-) some of the things going on during myhighschool years were awesome and sad..thanks for stopping
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 12:17:00 AM

    Hi Donna, yes I remember this one! I love it! Congratulations on your lifetime membership :) and I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/23/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Becca..and to your family as well....have a grand one..:-) :-) :-) :-)
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 8:13:00 AM

    Excellent. Well crafted poem. Enjoyed reading it. Tfs. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year for 2014. God bless

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/23/2013 8:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Ravi....and very merry Christmas to you as well...God bless....
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 1:51:00 PM

    I love how many memories that you creatively crafted out of such a simple object that has been shared by most at one time or another.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you David. Very kind of you...have a great Christmas
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 5:06:00 AM

    Here I find part of my lost world, when I was a child. My wooden bench was similar to the one described here so effectively, and affectively too. Moreover, the blu and dirty ink of those times is coming back to life in my memory....

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So glad you could relate....awesome times weren't they!Thanks for stopping by..
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 3:39:00 PM

    hi donns... go more?.. saying hello t you and happy weekend!... huggs

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hope you are having a good weekend nette...we are having an ice storm...everything is covered in about one third inch and on the verge of disaster...:-( ..I may be without internet service a while....if you don't hear from me
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 2:36:00 PM

    Just a simple bench yet it was such so much more by representation alone, great job here on this write. cheri and also for your comments on my work, also merry christmas to you and yours

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Cherl...very much and merry Christmas to you as well
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 2:25:00 PM

    this bench signify memories... great piece with allusion to couple it all.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much....and what a pretty name you have..
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 1:00:00 PM

    My Dear Donna, I am so glad you reposted this. It brought back so many treasured memories of mine! You are a great writer and I am a fan! chuck ps speaking of nostalgia, do u remember this?......I had a girl......Donna was her name......Since she left me....I've never been the same.....But I loved my girl...Donna...where can you be.....

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ahh thanks chuck....very sweet...yeah I've heard the song a time or two..haha...thanks so much for stopping by
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 5:36:00 AM

    Fond memories are stored 'pon that bench..Enjoyed reading this creative work..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 5:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Sara....coming over to see your page soon...
  1. Date: 12/19/2013 8:10:00 PM

    I've enjoyed your poem of days past, the bench seems to come to life, as you speak of it, and I love John Denver songs,they are the best, thank you for sharing this, Donna hugs xxx

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 4:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Rose..thanks so much....and have a great Christmas!
  1. Date: 12/19/2013 7:46:00 PM

    So glad this one didn't get deleted!! Nice memories to keep!!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carrie...along with the new ones!..:-)
  1. Date: 12/19/2013 2:30:00 PM

    This one brings back lotsa memories Donna, i remember those old wooden desks had lot of carvings and memories as well as gum. Great write. Blessings Carl

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 9:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah..the good ol' days Carl...:-) :-) thanks so much for stopping by!
  1. Date: 12/19/2013 7:49:00 AM

    - Can not remember if I've read it before .... in any case it is a really good poem to re-post! - I want to thank you for a enjoyable friendship in years 2013 - Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas - thanks for the many beautiful poems - and thanks for the many pleasant comments on my poems. - Love / always to you Donna!! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 8:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anne Lise..you're the sweetest.thank you also....for your friendship and always uplifting poems...
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 10:10:00 PM

    A worthy retrieval as we welcome it back. I am pleased that you shared the repost with us for our enjoyment.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you much Donald...:-) :-)
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 6:09:00 PM

    Well, I'm glad you reposted it and shame on you for deleting it! I haven't done such a thing since last month...Great poem, great memories...Have a blessed Christmas my friend - Tim

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 8:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas back my friend...and glad you liked it....this silly touch screen...I've noticed several I guess I..just hit that stupid x and didnt even realize it..gotta gothru the notebook one of these days....:-) :-) :-) :-) HAPPY NEW YEAR too...:-) :-) :-)
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 9:12:00 AM

    Great poem Donna i'm glad you reposted it so i got to reat it. I can see that old bench in my head. A lot of good memerioes too. Thank you also Donna for your comments. I hope you have a joyful holiday season.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 8:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Vincent...so much....and wonderful holidays to you and yours too...
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 1:16:00 AM

    A lovely write, Donna...

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Bindu...very much..
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 1:02:00 AM

    This poem is a grand time machine you've invented. I enjoyed going back there for a glimpse. I wouldn't want to stay too long, however. Very nicely written

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know what you mean....reminds me of how old I'm getting!!.:-) :-) thanks for your visit...
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 11:11:00 AM

    This makes me sigh. Thank you for warm congrats on my last win, Donna. -- Carly

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carly....and my pleasure to read your poem...
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 7:59:00 AM

    Nice memories. I like that you made the bench a 'her' not a thing.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Monterey....she definitely deserves to be a girl..not a thing..filled with love she is....thanks again...
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 7:35:00 PM

    Hi Donna, Nice blast from the past write! Ken

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey thanks Ken....is that a bandanna...or a welders cap? I know a few welders...:-) :-) like your new pic..
  1. Date: 12/16/2013 1:28:00 PM

    Very good couplet here and beautiful story of that bench Donna.Lovely read.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Kash...really appreciate it..
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 5:08:00 PM

    hi donns, gpt more?... just passing through... huggs

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/21/2013 7:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey nette...ahhh.lots of family for Christmas holiday and a sickness in the family but will be back much more after Christmas!!! And will try to get out a little before...thanks....:-) :-) miss ya:-) :-)
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:51:00 AM

    A worthy repost, enjoyed rereading. Adding back to my favorites.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/15/2013 8:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ah thank you Richard..very sweet
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/15/2013 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have featured you in my most recent poem.
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 4:49:00 AM

    Maybe initials carved on the bench have faded away but the memories of that period never will! A wonderful and nostalgic poem a time capsule of our youth reminded us of the world we have left behind! Excellent, dear Donna!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/15/2013 8:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Demetrios....yes wonderful memories...and small towns especially, never seem to change...that's what I love about mine...
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 5:54:00 PM

    You KNOW I wanted to turn this into a ghazal ;) LOL Light & Love

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/15/2013 8:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Is that good Debbie? I'll have to get out my dictionary...remember I'm about the most unschooled poet here I think....if it is maybe you can help me do it:-)
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 3:54:00 PM

    lovely write - so glad it wasn't lost forevr

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/15/2013 8:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well thank you very much...:-) :-) :-) :-)
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 11:55:00 AM

    smashing piece vividly expressed, donns.. you have a rare knack for pacing your concept and clich it with a great ending... sentimental bench trip!,, huggs

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/15/2013 8:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What a nice compliment nette..thanks...
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