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London Lament

I had to sit through it all
the conversation that was inevitable
What they did
Where they went
What they saw...
My brother and his wife
On the their expensive trip to see Roger Federer in the flesh
My husband and daughter 
On a trip joining work with sightseeing
And then there was me....
I listened...

Big Ben and its imposing height
Parliament's alluring might
Pics there at Downing street
Fish and chips, a tasty treat
Outside Westminster Abbey
The Thames in its flowing glory
London Bridge, Trafalgar square 
Harrods and all the goodies there
The Shard and the tennis match
Souvenirs that were a catch
Brollies forgotten here and there
Poppies bobbing everywhere
The Palace and the Rosetta stone
Red booths housing telephones
Tussaud's latest entries
Baker Street and revelries
All this, and so much more
Stories of the trip...galore

I sat and listened to it all
Saw even more pics 
In my heart a twisted ache
My teaching schedule and other things
Made me stay back home
It didn't make this night easier
I thought of all I'd missed
Sure, I'd been to London years ago
But somehow...this still hurt
I'd been left behind

The night blissfully came to an end
And here am I...writing this
with London in my mind
"London, BABY!"

Not for me...

Eileen Manassian

Yup....I'm having a pity party. Didn't go to London with the fam. I was all by my lonesome! I'm happy my daughter and husband got to see the sights. We'd been there when Shereen was six or seven, but now at twenty, she could appreciate it all more. It still hurts a little that I couldn't go along. Now all the talk is done...and I can put it behind me, till the day I go to London and experience it on my OWN! ;)


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  1. Date: 11/23/2014 5:21:00 AM

    The flow in the second stanza calls for next reading,this is just taking one to the streets in London; a wonderful work Eileen,great..huggs
  1. Date: 11/23/2014 3:40:00 AM

    Fantastic write Eileen! I haven't been there ever but wud love to after reading ur wonderful imagery here my dear!
  1. Date: 11/23/2014 2:12:00 AM

    This Free Verse certainly freed you of the nostalgia of London. I have been lucky to live there for a short period of time. The people visiting (many for the first time) are a source of fascination for me. In 3 weeks time, I am off to London and other cities in the south - will keep you posted on fb (not bore you with pics, I promise). Glad the family is together again. Love, Su
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 11:47:00 PM

    Nice reflections Eileen..
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 7:06:00 PM

    For not being there you painted a fabulous picture...hope you get to go next time...hugs Tim
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 5:53:00 PM

    I love a pity party!! I was left home this summer when my wife and two of my daughters did Europe and my other daughter was in Scotland for a study aboard. I was home paying bills!! Love your writing.
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 5:16:00 PM

    Eileen, Thanks ever so much for reading & commenting on my poem, "Eileen." I was amazed at quickly you found it and posted because I only posted it minutes're GOOOD:) Also, I love this little pity-poem about London. Never been there myself - lots of other world travels but missed that party also. No worries - there are reasons for everything as life is indeed a mystery with many wondrous surprises. Your time will come. Smile, be patient & stay happy. Terry:)
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 5:15:00 PM

    I can relate to what you wrote, Eileen! When family go and you have to stay behind it's kind of cruel:) London is beautiful and though I've been there lots of times I always find something new to see. [unlike Charm I do not go shopping:) but I wear my shoes out just the same!] Tussaud's has changed a lot, and a 3 hr wait to get in is worth it! hugs // paul
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 5:09:00 PM

    I can understand your disappointment but you portrayed wonderful imagery of London like you really were there - one day you will return to see it all for real:-) Hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 4:49:00 PM

    Eileen..We should go to London on a shopping spree : ). I love London too and am rekindling both flame and memory of my visits there. Thanks for the journey lady.
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 4:24:00 PM

    - Bring your best friend to see LONDON ..... a girl's trip !!!! - London is waiting for you !!! - Well done and a little sad - Beautiful weekend to you my friend :) - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 3:41:00 PM

    Hello Eileen!! It is really great to have you back sharing your wonderful poetry with us!! From your write here, sounds like you got overwhelmed with all of the discourse about London. Me too!! I lived in a number of big cities and traveled quite a bit in my former career(s) and now I like that things have slowed down and I can reflect more on life and work on my poetry. London Lament indeed, right?? Best Wishes Always, Gary