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It's long past time when I should contemplate the need to scrape and paint the old rusty gate. My dear wife asked me to fix it before she died, for in our yard and garden, she had taken pride. I've been overwhelmed with sorrow and guilt. Too many times I's put off having it rebuilt. After last night's storm, the hinges are broken and it's as if to me, her gentle voice had spoken. "My love, don't bother fixing that old rusty gate, for I know doing repairs is something you hate. Its squeaking didn't bother me, not in the least, but you insisted that one day you'd fix that beast." My mind must be playing tricks on this old man. How can I hear her? I can't begin to understand. I must be imagining what she'd be saying to me because she had a love for life and a gift of esprit. Tomorrow, I'll take down that gate and fix it up after I've rocked on the porch with a second cup. I'll make it look good and stop it from squeaking and replace the garden hose that's been leaking. Soon that old rust laden gate will make her proud. Wrought iron scraped and painted, I've avowed. I picture her walking through it, wearing a grin. My heart still beats with love for her, deep within. June 23, 2022 One In Five Poetry Contest Sponsored by Joseph May

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Date: 7/15/2022 12:08:00 PM
A deeply moving story penned with expertise. Congratulations on the win!
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Date: 7/12/2022 8:21:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A beautiful write. Today, be blessed as your write away...........
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Date: 7/11/2022 8:13:00 PM
Beautiful narration. Ended touchingly too. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/11/2022 3:45:00 PM
That's a very sweet poem, Jenna, penned beautifully. Congratulations!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 7/11/2022 6:06:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Ann.
Date: 7/11/2022 12:41:00 PM
Very nicely penned Jenna, Congrats on your win in my Contest
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Jenna Logan
Date: 7/11/2022 6:06:00 PM
I am delighted that you honored this one in your contest. Thank you, Joseph.
Date: 7/11/2022 12:10:00 PM
Congrats on your win, Jenna. We moved in here five years ago and had two rusty gates, I did one last year…. It took ages… this year… we still have one rusty gate. Terry
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Jenna Logan
Date: 7/11/2022 6:06:00 PM
Sometimes a little rust gives things character. Thanks for the congrats, Terry.
Date: 6/26/2022 7:34:00 AM
Your poem speaks to endearing voice of love that speaks without words. He wasn't a handyman--yet, he will honor her wishes. A true partnership that lasts, beyond...Expertly crafted, Jenna. Words shine in your realm.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/26/2022 10:19:00 AM
I'm very humbled by your remarks, Vijay. Thank you so very much.
Date: 6/23/2022 4:24:00 PM
very touching, jenna! you've made this feel so real...
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/24/2022 7:19:00 AM
Thank you, a whole bunch, Ilene.
Date: 6/23/2022 12:01:00 PM
As usual, you write with true heart, and you have a vision for the kind of story you have told in this one. Good writing, Jenna, as always. Soup Mail.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/23/2022 3:28:00 PM
Thanks for such kind thoughts and for your noteworthy soup mail, Milt. I’m grateful For your friendship
Date: 6/23/2022 11:50:00 AM
A beautiful love poem Jenna - touched my heart with a reminder of all those things I wish I had said and all those things I wish I had done! And, a very true picture of a loving relationship - a marriage bond never broken. Best wishes for the contest. Blessings!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/23/2022 3:26:00 PM
Thanks, Sam. I appreciate your detailed review.
Date: 6/23/2022 11:00:00 AM
What a beautiful promise to his wife, Jenna! I love your take of the theme - really enjoyed! Best ~ Mala
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/23/2022 3:25:00 PM
I’m so glad you enjoyed my write, Mala. Thank you.