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These are images I found on Google that show some of my childhood memories. Can't believe that little old house that ten of us lived crammed into is foreclosed on right now!

My family lived across from the cemetery, which was four blocks long and also two to three blocks deep. Weed Park had a zoo in those days, duck pond to skate on in winter, and the pool I loved so much in the summer. The city was most famous for the Bridge, which was exploded the year I graduated high school and a new one was put up!

 

A grey frame house and backyard swing call out to me from somewhere buried deep in time - a memory. A river front and 60’s band are beckoning - symbols of beginnings of my reckonings. Ostensibly, I cannot travel back in time, or I would be there dancing, not making rhyme. Oh, can it be the parks and wooded spots I knew now withering - will cease to be when I am through? Except in dreams! Were folks and my old haunts the same revisited, then on no stone would live my name.

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Date: 7/27/2015 11:29:00 PM
We're in the same boat!!!
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Date: 7/26/2015 11:46:00 PM
Andrea, love your poem and pictures!
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Date: 7/20/2015 5:24:00 PM
Love the line' from somewhere deep in time- a memory.' All of a sudden time seems to run out. Enjoyed your reflections. Congratulations Luv, SuZ
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Date: 7/18/2015 2:18:00 PM
Did I already read this one? You wizard! You know just how to get to me. Half the time I'm running those old streets of neighborhood in my mind. I'm so fortunate to have had a happy childhood - lots of love and fun. Now I send you lots of love, old buddy. daver
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Date: 7/15/2015 10:41:00 PM
written, even. What is it with this keyboard today? x
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Date: 7/15/2015 10:41:00 PM
Well writeen and well done, Andrea, Viv x
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Date: 7/15/2015 1:46:00 AM
Hi Andrea, Congrats on your win. Always & Forever ~LINDA~
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Date: 7/14/2015 12:11:00 AM
Andrea, Congratulations on your sweet win. Love SKAT
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Date: 7/13/2015 7:47:00 PM
I enjoyed the poem and the pre pictures and history. I see Casarah liked it as well. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/13/2015 5:01:00 PM
Love it! 7+ xoxo
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Date: 7/13/2015 4:58:00 PM
Andrea , a big congratulations on your placement with this beautiful write and thanks for visiting my, sweet mask poem
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Date: 7/13/2015 12:46:00 PM
Dropping back with my congrats Andrea:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/13/2015 11:33:00 AM
The house and neighborhood have always been an obsession with me. "or I would be there, not making rhyme." Gulp! Love this here marvel of nostalgia. Love, daver
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Date: 7/13/2015 8:59:00 AM
Wow I couldn't see the pictures when I was judging. This was very descriptive, a great story through time. :)
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Date: 7/12/2015 9:04:00 PM
A picture can bring a flood of emotions....I enjoyed this reminiscent piece Andrea...hugs
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Date: 7/12/2015 1:47:00 PM
Making me cry, seeing the grey house we lived in for so many years, being foreclosed on. Well at least it's not condemned like it was after Mom moved.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/12/2015 5:45:00 PM
yes, jenny I hope it never gets torn down or something. Remember the first time we saw it, it was not this pretty blue grey, but just that typical dark grey kind of color?
Date: 7/12/2015 4:05:00 AM
Andie, a rainbow of memories... beautiful!~Olive Eloisa =")
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Date: 7/12/2015 12:43:00 AM
I really like the style you wrote this in. Very terse yet wonderful.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/12/2015 12:45:00 AM
thanks for saying so!
Date: 7/11/2015 9:45:00 PM
In the Jewish prayer book life is called "The dream that flies away". I like the bittersweet quality of this poem. I have just posted a poem with remembrances of my youth. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 7/11/2015 5:48:00 PM
I delighted in viewing all of the pictures that added such charm to your poem Andrea. Good luck in the contest and thanks for sharing a personal part of yourself! Hugs, Connie
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Date: 7/11/2015 5:18:00 PM
Andrea, this is a well written piece.Thanks for sharing your memories with us. Excellent job! Good luck in the contest:) Alexis(7)
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Date: 7/11/2015 10:53:00 AM
We flee the past not knowing that we can't outrun the future. If this doesn't do well in the contest I will alert the "gendarmerie poetique".
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Date: 7/11/2015 9:05:00 AM
A fabulous piece Andrea. I will tell my nephew about your old house. He is getting married next June and now works in Muscatine.
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Date: 7/11/2015 8:13:00 AM
Excellent...as is your imagination ...and the recalling of the past...makes one wish they too had been there...Thank you, I enjoyed
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Date: 7/11/2015 7:44:00 AM
Reads like a winner..Life gets by in a hurry..It is so good to have lived though..I would not want to go back but only go forward..Great work that reads like a winner..Wonderful sight that porch on the house..Sara
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