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Upon the Banks of the Canal

Upon the Banks of the Canal I sit here sipping cider on the banks of the canal, I watch you as you walk and talk at great lengths with your pal. I feel you as you hold the hand of love that’s in your life, I see the way your eyes light up when you look at your wife. I spy the gaze of toddlers, all just figuring out their place, I breathe as runners pass me, each at war with their own pace. I glimpse the love that binds two hands and brings about those smiles, I see the life shine in those eyes and spur them on for miles. I stand and stretch, shake off the dust and gaze at swimming ducks, I envy passers by that revel in their own good luck. I know the ones who’re down and out, who need a helping hand, I see the spoils that should be shared across forgotten land. I cry for you, the way I think I likely always will, I envy people in our places, but I feel you, still. I note beginnings just like ours, when we were oh so young, I see the hopes and dreams emerge, just as Spring is sprung. I finish up my cider and survey the banks again, I spot the people pack their things and baide farewell to friends. I view lives lived and people loved; here I don’t feel broken, I see a way to feel again, my heart might just reopen. I step away, I leave the banks; I leave you waiting there, I’ll walk a thousand miles, but I’ll still feel you everywhere. It’s hard to walk away, but walk away I know I shall, I’ll find you love, right there, upon the banks of the canal. For Roy, By Sarah Michelle Ritchie.

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Date: 10/31/2022 5:35:00 PM
I love this piece beautifully written with a gentle emotion. Thank you for sharing.
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Sarah Ritchie
Date: 11/9/2022 5:07:00 AM
Thank you so much!
Date: 9/21/2022 8:48:00 AM
Touching and heartfelt Poem Sarah. Roy was blessed to know you. The search for love in the reopening of one's heart and the memories stir within ones heart lives on.. Love the scenic imagery conveyed by you on the banks of the canal. This reminded me of the Erie Canal in New York. In a little village called Spencerport. Park like atmosphere with the canal running through it just a beautiful area. I hope you find your resolve in writing this wonderful Poetry of yours. I want to welcome you to...
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Sarah Ritchie
Date: 10/30/2022 8:06:00 AM
Thank you so much for your comment. I am very touched. I enjoy your poetry immensely, so thank you for that indulgence, too!
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Michael Tor
Date: 9/21/2022 8:49:00 AM
Poetry Soup. God bless you and thanks for sharing...
Date: 9/14/2022 1:04:00 AM
Thanks for sharing this. Welcome to Poetry Soup. I welcome you with the love of the Lord, expressed by John 3:16 of the Bible, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God bless you.
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Sarah Ritchie
Date: 10/30/2022 8:07:00 AM
Thank you very much for your warm welcome, I’m very happy to be here!
Date: 9/13/2022 4:32:00 AM
This is a very nice read with smooth, effortless meter, well done!
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Sarah Ritchie
Date: 10/30/2022 8:08:00 AM
Thank you very much, Jeff; I really appreciate your thoughtful comment!

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