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The Joy that Sweetly Stays

In our lives, we’ve been rendered feelings
in varying degrees of happiness -
prickles of gladness 
derived from such events as those 
of tasting victory,
of making someone smile, of giving aid,
of basking in the company of friends and family.
And who cannot remember the euphoric bliss
of his or her first romantic kiss?

Eventually our recollections of contentment blur.
Sensations once so strong become
as paltry as the particles of sand washed  
again and again by waves of time.

However, fond remembrances
are never totally repressed.
It’s what we keep of them that keeps us strong-
. . . .  that keeps us going on.
It’s our human lot to be
longing for an unfurling of fulfillment.
And for far too many, joy is elusive,
coming but in bursts before it fades. . . . 

Life and lessons gleaned from it
all point to the way. but
who of us will ultimately know
the joy that sweetly stays?


For PD's  100 in a ROW contest --3

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Date: 7/12/2016 11:22:00 PM
Andrea, Congratulations on your 101 in a ROW contest number 3 win, Luv SKAT
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Date: 7/11/2016 9:13:00 PM
Congratulations, Andrea. I wander between the lines on this one and feel the melancholy. You do free verse so well. ...Fran
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Date: 7/11/2016 4:04:00 PM
A beautiful write, Andrea! Congrats on your win!
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Date: 7/10/2016 2:07:00 PM
How beautiful, congrats Andrea: your final line is awesome. It 'sweetly stays.'
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Date: 7/9/2016 3:27:00 PM
Wonderful poem pictured from reality of life. Congrats on your beautiful win my lovely smiling friend. Loved always, bl
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Date: 7/9/2016 2:21:00 PM
Simply beautiful, Andrea. Congrats on your top win!
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Date: 7/9/2016 1:42:00 PM
Such wonderful introspection, Andrea !! Great work...... So nice to see it again!
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Date: 7/9/2016 8:37:00 AM
Wonderfully written Andrea, congratulations...
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Date: 7/9/2016 7:16:00 AM
Beautiful write Andrea...Congrats on your win
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Date: 7/9/2016 4:31:00 AM
Andrea, Congratulations on your win. Stop by my blog "The Garden Spider" if you like. Nice to have you join my contest. Luv Linda
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Date: 4/2/2012 2:26:00 PM
love this thought provoking piece, andrea. glad i found it
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Date: 6/20/2011 8:57:00 PM
Going through your collections Andrea and havin a good ol' time! You truly are a gifted writer. Maybe you can lend me your pen for a week:-)
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Date: 2/23/2011 12:37:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's contest "Free Verse Seriously". A well deserved win Andrea. Love, Carol
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Date: 2/15/2011 6:26:00 PM
Andrea, this is a great entry that deserved to win in Debbie's contest. Congratulations!
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Date: 2/14/2011 4:27:00 PM
Congratulations on your grand win in the contest, Andrea. Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Annalise
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Date: 2/14/2011 4:27:00 PM
Congratulations on your grand win in the contest, Andrea. Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Annalise
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Date: 2/12/2011 2:23:00 PM
Hi Andrea - Congratulations on your BIG WIN in Debbie's contest! Best wishes, Kory
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Date: 2/12/2011 8:30:00 AM
A poem that makes one feel good! Nicely done, Andrea!!!! oh and ps....good luck to your husband, and may he stay safe on the road! (when I was a baby, my dad drove a tanker, and I remember my mother saying how she worried about him so much....he was on the road when I was born, in fact) I remember the stories he had when he came home. Best wishes!
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Date: 2/12/2011 7:53:00 AM
A great poem for a grand win...Congrats..............George
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Date: 2/12/2011 2:56:00 AM
congrats on this lovely uplifting winning poem Andrea!
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Date: 2/12/2011 2:55:00 AM
andrea, you hit the charts with this blockbuster of a piece.. wow!! CONGRATS with huggs.. :) nette
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Date: 2/11/2011 8:28:00 PM
Such a beautiful thought and write my dear friend. Many congratulations for this success.
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Date: 2/11/2011 7:52:00 PM
Congratulations, Andrea, on this fine creation. RAY
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Date: 2/11/2011 5:15:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on another great win my friend in Debbie's contest... brilliant entry and well deserved win with luv..
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Date: 2/8/2011 3:12:00 PM
Please enter this in my free verse contest! [one of my fav's] Light & Love
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