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No One Can Burn a Memory

In our saddened house we gathered, to bid our Mother farewell, with family finding comfort, in what is an empty shell. But in amongst our sorrow, and pain that has fell within, this will always be the home, my family all grew up in. I recall the warm winter fires, that we sat around at night, when Father read his verse, he often loved to write. Sometimes he would make us laugh; sometimes recite his history, when we listened to his poetry, written for his family. Two days with our broken hearts, we had to gather around, for one further heartache now; our old home had burnt down. Gone, the pages in a senseless ire - his rhyme now ash in the fire. Gone are lyrics; oh - but thankfully, no one can burn a memory. No one can burn a memory. No one can take away the years. They’re with us for ours to keep, even if they come with tears. No one can burn a memory. No one can steal what’s in the soul. Fire will only leave us ashes; but memory’s out of its control. I recall the warm winter fires, that we sat around at night, when Father read his verse, he often loved to write. Gone; the pages in a senseless ire - his rhyme now ash in the fire, Gone are lyrics; oh - but thankfully, no one can burn a memory. No one can burn a memory.

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Date: 9/9/2020 10:18:00 AM
I agree Lindsay. "no one can burn a memory. No one can burn a memory." The good days and the good people. We cannot forget. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and a part of your life.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 9/10/2020 5:46:00 PM
Thank you John for your comment. Actually after I finished reciting on one occasion, a family approached me and asked if i could write a song for them. They gave me the details of what they wanted and this is the verse that I came up with. The family was very happy indeed - Lindsay
Date: 8/24/2020 8:15:00 PM
The nostalgla in this poem is enchanting, and the tagline states a profound truth. Ultimately, memories are all we have. I love your poem, Lindsay. In fact, I love all your poems. Hugs, Paul
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 7:43:00 PM
Hello Paul ... thank you once again. You are very supportive and always positive with your comments. I do appreciate this Paul - Lindsay
Date: 8/24/2020 12:45:00 PM
Beautiful Lindsay. So sorry for your loss and you are right. No one can take away your memories. Still I wish you could have saved some of your dad's writing. It's probably where you get your talent. Great stuff. God Bless, JB
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Date: 8/25/2020 7:40:00 PM
Hello Judy ... thankfully it wasn't us, but visitors from Western Australia who were visiting and heard me reciting. They asked me if I could write a set of lyrics after telling me their tragic story. This is the result - thank you Judy - Lindsay
Date: 8/23/2020 6:41:00 PM
Love the refrain, Lindsay. So true: No one can burn a memory! Thanks, Gershon
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 7:32:00 PM
Hello Gershon ... memories are about the only thing we don't get taxed on these days, but I'll bet governments are working on it - thanks again Gershon - Lindsay
Date: 8/20/2020 11:56:00 AM
What is peculiar is six people view an event resulting in six different versions of the event to remember! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 8/25/2020 6:52:00 PM
Hello Rico ... oh I have to agree with you here Rico. But usually there is something that connects the stories amongst them all - thank you Rico - Lindsay
Date: 8/20/2020 11:46:00 AM
Ah yes the cycle of life, I was with both my parents when they died at home, my heart was torn. But as you say, no-one can take memories away and we all have them of our parents. I see you inherited your father's poetic talent, lovely, this you will treasure all your life and perhaps one of your children will inherit your talent. Lovely write Lindsay, Blessings Jennifer.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 6:49:00 PM
Hello Jennifer ... it's not about me. A family at a poets breakfast pleaded with me to write the lyrics for a song, and after giving me some family history etc. this is what I wrote for them - thanks again Jennifer - Lindsay
Date: 8/20/2020 8:54:00 AM
Wow, Lindsay! Profound and thought provoking. Wonderful memories. Bob
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 6:45:00 PM
Hello Bob ... thank you once again Bob for reading and putting up a comment. This is a factual tale I was able to fit into a lyric - catch you soon Bob - Lindsay
Date: 8/20/2020 5:41:00 AM
I can feel this one deeply. You are right. No one can burn a memory. Well written Lindsay. I hope you have a nice day :)
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 6:42:00 PM
Hello Heidi ... unfortunately after a fire, sometimes the only thing left is fond memories - and I hope you are having a nice day Heidi and keeping safe - Lindsay
Date: 8/20/2020 2:11:00 AM
Im hoping this is non fiction Lindsay but something tells me it is not, But you're right. Nothing can burn a memory. Tom
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 6:39:00 PM
G'day Tom ... no it is not fiction. I was given the details by a family visiting from Western Australia and asked if I could write it into lyrics for a song - thanks once again Tom - Lindsay
Date: 8/19/2020 10:17:00 PM
Beautiful memory recollection ... transmuted by prayerful meditation ... form fades but presence eternal ... renewal of life is Gods miracle
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/25/2020 6:36:00 PM
Hello Unseeking ... fire certainly destroys everything, but a mind retains it all. Thanks for reading and commenting Unseeking - Lindsay