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Dedicated to my loving aunts - two of which lived on Sweet Briar Road in Trinidad when I was a kid.

As long as I can remember
came Christmas cards in December -
    my aunts back home to thank.
With glad tidings at yuletide
and always tucked away inside
      a cheque from Barclays Bank.

Looking back as I live and muse
on Boxing Day I'd gamble and lose
      on some pony my bet to lay.
In the birdcage or at the tote
fleecing ticket stubs in my coat
       but I'd be back on Cup Day.

From the past I'm searching for
I too will reminisce at this and more 
      quickly blowing all my dough.
Like when on my merry way
for a shiny new LP to play
       off to the record store I'd go.

To me from the Sweet Briar fairy
came more birthday cards in January
       just a few short weeks hence.
Which was a master stroke
for by then I was always broke
  as I had more dollars than sense.

As long as this heart of mine
hearkens a carol at Christmas time
       or candles a long age bode,
I'll remember a season's joy
and all the cards as a boy
     I got from Sweet Briar Road.


             January 2018

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Date: 8/30/2019 5:55:00 PM
Intensely nostalgic musings, these ones...Keith, I think we betray an uncannily mutual liking for well-rhyming poetry. I am of the traditional feel that verse devoid of musically euphonic sounds is akin to a rose minus the aromatic scent and color that qualify its very famous name! The entire rhyming fuss makes composing a poem quite a huger challenge for the versifier...and in straining a wee bit for fitting rhyming patterns, the composer strangely soars to the famed level of the aiding Maidens Nine(Muse)! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this great work - and will spare time to have a more sustained look at your other titles. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 9/4/2019 8:16:00 AM
Thanks mate.
Date: 1/27/2018 12:37:00 PM
well, look who snuck a poem in without my knowing. What a sweet tribute to your sweet aunts, and a nice memory of your childhood. And I love the rhyme pattern. Oh and hey! Happy Birthday!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/27/2018 6:07:00 PM
Thank you muchly my dear. I have always been a sneaker...in and out of class...at movie theatres...at parties...at weddings...at funerals...at church...at work...well, you get the picture. It is a long and honoured tradition for which I am most proud. Take care.
Date: 1/9/2018 1:36:00 PM
something when young I never experienced...the richness of family and the bonds that tie
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/10/2018 5:44:00 PM
Cheers Frederic. There were also some not so joyful times as well.
Date: 1/9/2018 10:18:00 AM
great rhythm and rhyme, loved it :) -luloo
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/10/2018 5:41:00 PM
Thanks Luloo. Just a fun write.