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Angels Danced


“On the day that you were born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true, so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue.” - From “(They Long to Be) Close to You” by the Carpenters When I was very young, I would hear songs like “Johnny Angel” and I’d sing along with them imagining the type of love such songs portrayed. Soon it was 1970 and “Close to You” topped the charts as number one hit. About that time, my own Johnny Angel appeared in my life. “A dream come true” was he with his cute delicate features and soft sweet eyes, just like those angelic features described in the song “Close to You,” a song which conjures up for me angels dancing with joy to have created such a beautiful boy as was my Johnny. Like those angels, I danced with joy upon meeting Johnny at a church dance far from my city. Johnny was not just beautiful on the outside. His inside was beautiful as well. Sensitive and caring, he worried excessively about his loved ones. At the young age of 15 he had already been developing ulcers from the stress of worrying about the possibility of his parents divorcing. Because I did not live in his city, I could not maintain a relationship with him for longer than a year, and our letter-writing to each other gradually ceased. The summer after graduation, he came to my city to say goodbye to me because he was leaving on a mission for the church. I do not know where he went. I learned later that his parents divorced, but not one acquaintance of mine from his city is able to tell me what became of Johnny. It’s as if he vanished from this world! I picture Johnny no longer an earth angel. . . his soul untroubled Aug. 29, 2019 Inspird by Luloo’s quote: "Angels danced the day you were born, and they wept when they welcomed you home" (this is mostly a true story. I just embellished a few minor details such as having “Close to You” playing the night we met. It did play later that summer of my short-lived romance with John Spencer)

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Date: 9/6/2019 1:20:00 AM
aww such a shame you can't track him down he sounds such a sweet guy:-) congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 9/5/2019 8:56:00 PM
I loved the carpenters growing up.. beautiful song and wonderful penning my friend. Congratulations on your win :) hugs
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Date: 9/5/2019 4:33:00 PM
Congratulations!!!! Many blessings for you.
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Date: 9/5/2019 2:51:00 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful win Andrea! Johnny will remain in your mind as beautiful as he was. I read the rules wrong when writing mine. : ) xxoo
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Date: 9/5/2019 9:53:00 AM
o, I love the Carpenters! That was awesome, thank you. This poem was full of so much emotion. Beautiful poem sweet Andrea :)-luloo
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Date: 9/2/2019 7:54:00 PM
I knew but oh, how much I didn't know but now poignantly feel. Also, to know you know what a mailbox could mean to someone, that you can have a relationship with it because it may or may not deliver happy to you on any given day. Kids don't know that feel - even from war zones don't parents skype rather than pen letters? I don't know. You said y'all wrote letters so I kinda went off on that, huh? I'm glad I got to feel the entire experience, at least mostly. Love, CayCay
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Date: 9/1/2019 4:13:00 AM
Has anybody seen Johnny...Do you know where he's gone...an unforgettable angel...
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Date: 8/31/2019 9:04:00 AM
Wonderful. I began to think of all the angels that have touched me through my lifetime. Also love the song.
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Date: 8/31/2019 2:57:00 AM
Your Johnny was a blessing and blessed to have known you, too. We meet so many angels along life's journey and it is remarkable to be remembered with such wonderful words as Angels Danced.... I enjoyed reading your story and hope you someday find out what happened to Johnny... and also that it was good. Many prayers for you.
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Date: 8/31/2019 12:18:00 AM
Wow this is some story Andrea! Maybe one day you will find him again. I love the songs you mention. A very interesting haibun. xxoo
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Date: 8/30/2019 10:21:00 PM
I thought of the same song as I read this contest description :) This is a wonderful write! I don’t know why people vanish! Even in this time of technology, for some we still don’t know.
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Date: 8/30/2019 8:33:00 PM
Wow, I wish I could write lyrics like that song huh? For that matter, I wish I could write romantic musing's like you do Andrea. You do have such a romantic heart and soul. <3 :)
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Date: 8/30/2019 7:11:00 AM
I enjoyed reading about this flashback..memories always live on. All the best, Andrea.
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Date: 8/30/2019 12:51:00 AM
Nostalgic, more than--return, relive, reborn--it is a gifted smile of the present, a curiosity for the young to ponder, and the aged to have a smile-fest--GREAT WRITE ~ Aloha William
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Date: 8/30/2019 12:07:00 AM
A person to be remembered and admired. Great tribute. Hugs.
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Date: 8/29/2019 10:03:00 PM
Andrea, this is a touching story, almost true- this feeling adds more depth to it. You will be happy Andrea, it is learning time for me too!
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Date: 8/29/2019 9:26:00 PM
You tell a sad tale here! Well, everything is not all peaches and cream in life! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 8/29/2019 8:42:00 PM
"Johnny was not just beautiful on the outside. His inside was beautiful as well." - so pretty, and a gorgeous tribute. Have you typed his name into Facebook just for "fun"?
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/29/2019 8:55:00 PM
oh I think his name is much too common and I am not usually good with tracking folks down on FB. Also I bet he moved out of Iowa. He could be dead for all I know. It's so weird that I know many people like this that I cannot track down.