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Just wanted to share this poem that I wrote years ago. I hope you enjoy this unbelievable true story :)

This is an unbelievable true story of a time when I was in my younger years. I drove out to California with a buddy of mine to spend some time with my brother. To make a long story short, we ended up living there for almost a year. We had met some people that we became pretty close to while we spent time away from our homes in New Jersey. Mark and I were the adventurous type of kids as we did a lot of hitch-hiking all over the place. When we finally came back from California, we decided to go camping and to hitch a ride up to the mountains in Pennsylvania which was a few hours away from where we lived. We were thumbing on this back street that had very little traffic when someone passed us by in a Winnebago. Shortly after passing us, they did a U-turn and came back around to pick us up and to give us a ride. Well, it turns out that the people who picked us up were actually two of the performers in a play that we worked at in California. It's a 3000-mile journey from N.J. to Ca. So, it was a trip to see those people. They were actually heading back to California because they had just come back from New York where they were married. Unfortunately for us, they couldn't give us a ride because they were heading west, and we were heading east. But it was great to see them. I have never seen them again. I left my home when I was twenty-one And I left my folks behind A friend and I left for the west To see what we could find I found a job working the spotlights In this well-known musical play Way out in California Three thousand miles away My friend Mark, was in the show Because he could sing very well Me, I tried to sing, but I was awful And gees, everyone could tell We got to know the cast very well And we got to know all their names The two of whom we liked the best Were "Mary-Lou and James" When the show stopped playing Mark and I... we drove back home I had to recite this unbelievable story So, I wrote it in this poem When we got back to New Jersey Hitch hiking, we would go Someone saw us with our thumbs up And drove up to us; slow They were driving in a Winnebago With "Just Married" on the back When they opened the door to let us in We nearly had a heart attack You won't believe who picked us up It was two people whom we knew I couldn't believe who picked us up It was "James and Mary-Lou"

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Date: 11/26/2022 10:13:00 AM
H Charlie my friend, back with heartfelt congratulations on the honor of POTD bestowed upon you for this splendid write. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 11/24/2022 11:31:00 AM
Hello Charles Messina, I enjoyed this pome you created from from your past. Congratulations on your POTD. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Date: 11/23/2022 3:29:00 PM
'So, it was a trip to see those people.' I get it, Charlie. I know what 'trip' means 'in code,' man, 'cos I'm really outtasight, man. Like, far-out, if you catch my drift the way I caught yours... lol... Not as adventurous as you though. I only hitchhiked from Hanover, N.H. to Northampton, MA a few times, and once to Boston. ~ Chicken Little
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:03:00 PM
LOL-Gershon, now that's a "Trip" So I was not the only hitch-hiker here in PS. Far-out brother, I catch your drift, man :) ~Thumbelina (lol)
Date: 11/22/2022 4:47:00 AM
Hi Charles, it must have been such a pleasant surprise seeing the ones you had got acquainted with and who you loved, at an unexpected point of time ! Enjoyed your youthful adventures and your small stint of life in California. Congratulations on your POTD
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:10:00 PM
It was an absolute pleasant surprise, Valsa. Thank you so much, dear friend!
Date: 11/21/2022 7:49:00 PM
Such a great story filled with adventure and excitement; I give it a thumbs up! Please tell us what musical play you spotlighted for. Congratulations on your POTD Charles!
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:17:00 PM
Anaya, it was a comedy play about Mary Magdalene called "Fra Fillipo Lippi" written by Sal Ponti in the early 80's. Sal starred in "Atlantis, the lost continent" and appeared in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "I Dream of Jeannie" He passed from lung cancer in 1988. Thanks for the congrats!
Date: 11/21/2022 6:37:00 PM
Those were the days, when you could hitch hike without a worry. I like this story, Charles. It seems your paths were meant to cross that day, with "James and Mary-Lou." So wonderful indeed. My heart is smiling. Thank you for sharing this moment of your past. Congratulations my dear friend, on Poem of the Day. My best to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:22:00 PM
Brandy, you are so right. Those were the days; I wouldn't advise anyone to Hitch-hike these days. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Hugs, Charlie :)
Date: 11/21/2022 6:15:00 PM
Wonderful life, my friend. Congratulations on POTD. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:18:00 PM
Thank you so much, Eve!
Date: 11/21/2022 5:34:00 PM
Back with congratulations on your amply deserved POTD, Charlie.
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Date: 11/23/2022 10:09:00 PM
Thank you, Lasaad!
Date: 11/21/2022 4:15:00 PM
Coincidences on that level always seem so implausible that even a non believer begins to suspect divine intervention. Amazing tale. Charlie. Congrats on your POTD. Terry
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Date: 11/21/2022 5:03:00 PM
Coincidences on that level are rare...and implausible (lol) but every once in a while, they come and go. Thank you, Terry.
Date: 11/21/2022 2:47:00 PM
Friends, youth, music, adventure and a magical coincidence, one fine cocktail mix. Congratulations! Cheers, Robert
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Date: 11/21/2022 5:04:00 PM
I'll drink to that (lol) Thanks Robert! Cheers!!
Date: 11/21/2022 2:44:00 PM
Congratulations, Charlie, on your POTD. Really interesting story - exciting adventures and charming surprises at youth - very well-written. BW ~ Mala
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Date: 11/21/2022 5:05:00 PM
Thank you so much, Mala!
Date: 11/21/2022 10:57:00 AM
A very interesting and entertaining story it is, too, Charles, and a good selection for POTD.
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:49:00 PM
Thank you, Jim. Much appreciated!
Date: 11/21/2022 8:22:00 AM
Congrats on POTD with this story of adventure Charles
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:50:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph!
Date: 11/21/2022 7:38:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD, Charlie! Enjoy your special day. I enjoy your poem as you enjoy such a exciting experience along your way. A poet friend in Texas, Bill
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:50:00 PM
Thank you, Bill!
Date: 11/21/2022 7:35:00 AM
Charlie, great story/poem wonderfully penned, and congratulations on receiving the POEM OF THE DAY honor, well done !
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:51:00 PM
Thank you, Constance! :)
Date: 11/21/2022 6:57:00 AM
- Back with congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Charlie :) -
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:51:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise :)
Date: 11/21/2022 6:04:00 AM
This is a terrific story Charlie! Small world full of surprises! Congratulations on the honor of your POTD! laf
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:52:00 PM
Thank you, Linda...it sure is! :)
Date: 11/21/2022 5:32:00 AM
BIG congrats on POTD, Charlie. Life is full of happy coincidences. Enjoy your day.
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:52:00 PM
Thank you, Vijay!
Date: 11/21/2022 4:29:00 AM
Congratulations for POTD Charlie :)
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:52:00 PM
Thank you, Heidi :)
Date: 11/21/2022 4:07:00 AM
"Two Thumbs Up" Charlie for your story of adventure in life's coincidence crafted so poetically!! Congrats on your POTD honors !!
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:53:00 PM
Thank you, Mike!
Date: 11/21/2022 3:34:00 AM
So we both left home for California! i eloped in a snowstorm at 18. We got married in City Hall. We lived in one room, amd read poetry + novels. I loved San Francisco during the Beat Generation…..and hanging out with poets, Your pstory was most exciting,,Zowie. Your poem encapsulated it all. Great job. Congratulations, my friend! Pangie
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:55:00 PM
Ah ha, I knew we had something else in common other than poetry (lol) Thanks so much, Pangie. :)
Date: 11/21/2022 3:22:00 AM
Charlie, I enjoyed your true story and poem, we all need a once in a lifetime adventure! Congratulations on POTD!
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:57:00 PM
Thank you, Tania. Once in lifetime adventures are hard to come by (lol) But we should have a moment :)
Date: 11/21/2022 2:17:00 AM
Some things are just meant to be Charlie! Lovely poem! Congratulations on POTD….Debx
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:58:00 PM
Amen to that! Thank you, Deb. :)
Date: 11/21/2022 1:48:00 AM
Beautiful story! The universe continues to surprise in such charming ways we cannot possibly imagine. Congrats on POTD, Charles
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Date: 11/21/2022 1:59:00 PM
...and it will continue, no doubt! Thank you, U.S. :)
Date: 11/21/2022 1:22:00 AM
Great and beautifully written story. The poem is very telling, surprise-filled and very intimately woven. Congratulations!
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Charles Messina
Date: 11/21/2022 2:00:00 PM
Thank you, Christuraj!
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