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An ancient river, centuries-old shops and restaurants steeped in a 2000-year history and culture set the scene. The ambiance seemed divinely contrived to facilitate the purposes of our meeting and the very fodder from which the greatest poets are sustained. Not newcomers to the area, Kay P. and I were assigned to the Army Security Agency Field Station in Augsburg, Germany in 1974. We were colleagues in the intelligence community with no romantic overtures to our relationship, save an appreciation of poetry and profound philosophical discussions. Kay wanted to spend the evening with a poet, so we planned the evening to be appropriate for the purpose. At the time and place, we quickly found ourselves hopelessly immersed in the philosophical foundations of my writings throughout the evening. It was the first time since Vietnam that I'd felt worthy as a person. I still recall sipping the red wine and feeling the warmth of the large hearth inside the Balkan eatery. I still see the swans gliding by on the Lech flowing by our café.
When windowpanes begin to weep with autumn's chilly dew, I'm taken back through seasons passed to one delight held true, A rendezvous that time allowed, a gentle evening spent Amid a time of long discord when days were dreary bent. I feel the stretch upon my lips, the smile returns once more. Again, I smell the Balkan fare prepared on Lech's old shore, The mood is cast in high regard, the wine is tart and dry, As Augsburg ripples in the wake when swans go gliding by. The ancient windows frame our view and day begins to wane As rivulets meander down and streak the dampened panes. The ambiance of ages passed beseeched us not to leave And held us in its warm embrace throughout the ebbing eve. My heart was scarred, without regard and hardened by the war But her esteem unveiled its worth, while nothing had before. She saw the child that once was me, I'd long since cast aside, And bade he climb astride his mount, engage his life and ride. Now, she is but a memory, whose kindness soothed my heart, For we embarked upon our lives on paths ordained to part. Her subtle way escaped my eye till time had made it clear That her esteem had set me free, that night I hold so dear. The poetry that filled my soul remains these many years, Impassioned in my warmest thoughts when autumn first appears, When windowpanes begin to weep, a-glisten with the dew, And I return to seasons passed, to one delight held true.

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Date: 10/24/2017 11:13:00 AM
This is incredibly beautiful and brought me to tears Jim! I see you haven't posted in some time. I hope you return. Thank you for your service. Blessing, Connie
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Date: 10/25/2017 6:41:00 AM
Thanks Connie. Poetry has always been a fickle mistress for me. She has come and gone in my life and I fully expect her return at some point. Right now, I going thru a life changing event and I fully expect poetry to guide me passed/thru it before it is all said and done.
Date: 10/7/2015 10:43:00 AM
Beautiful!
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Date: 1/29/2014 10:51:00 AM
Great poetry. Reveals so much of time and memories and life just has a way of moving on.
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Date: 10/5/2010 1:21:00 PM
really enjoyed this have been trawling through others,all very good. seems funny we have same ammount of poems posted. the style you use is great,though i don't think any style would cramp your quality.
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Date: 1/25/2010 5:45:00 AM
Congratulations Jim, again. This is really outstanding and you are a highly deserving writer. Robert
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Date: 12/29/2009 7:15:00 AM
OOPS!! Pushed the 8 instead of the 9. Sorry.
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Date: 12/29/2009 7:12:00 AM
I sure enjoyed the story. Good Work; my friend. Congratulations on your achivements in '08. Take-Care. JW ~ TexasCowboyIsh
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Date: 12/12/2009 3:26:00 AM
An outstanding write ,Jim. - Robert
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Date: 10/23/2009 11:49:00 AM
Warmest congrats Jim. So beautiful and well deserved. love, shar xoxo
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Date: 10/21/2009 9:47:00 AM
Made me cry. What else is there to say! Light & Love Winner
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Date: 10/19/2009 5:03:00 AM
Jim, Congratulations on your 3rd place win in the June 2009 Poetry Soup contest with this well composed memory of kindness and esteem. Thank you for sharing yourself with us through these beautiful words. Lovingly, Dane Ann
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Date: 10/19/2009 2:34:00 AM
Dear Jim, This NAGNIFICENT Quatrian touched my heart deeply. The power of poetry! CONGRATULATIONS! on your win. Lainie
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Date: 10/15/2009 6:41:00 PM
congratulations on your win..
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Date: 10/15/2009 12:26:00 PM
Jim, congratulations on your wonderful third place finish in the Poetry Soup contest. Wow! Enjoy your big honor. Keep up the good writing. Karen
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Date: 10/15/2009 10:38:00 AM
Profoundly beautiful write here, Jim. Thank you so much for the introduction also which adds to the piece. The last two lines just bring tears ... awesome imagery !! Congratulations on your 3rd place in PoetrySoup's June Contest !! An honor well-deserved !!
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Date: 10/15/2009 10:09:00 AM
Hi Jim, Beautifully written poem, congratulations and a well deserved win! (BTW, one of my favorite poems ever on the Soup is "Hard Times"). :) Best, Michele
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Date: 10/14/2009 1:57:00 PM
congrats on the win!!
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Date: 10/14/2009 11:19:00 AM
Congratulations on your win and on a wonderfully written Quatrain poem. LOL Caryl
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Date: 10/14/2009 11:12:00 AM
Many congrats on you third place Jim, well done >> James
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Date: 10/14/2009 3:51:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in the June,2009 contest sponsored by PoetrySoup Jim. Love,Carol
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Date: 10/14/2009 3:51:00 AM
Congratulations on your WIN, Jim, with this beautiful poetery! Love, Robin
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Date: 10/14/2009 12:06:00 AM
Congrats on your success in the PS june contest Jim.Rgds Brian
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Date: 10/13/2009 7:45:00 PM
Truly beautiful story or poem. Passionate and the imagery spectacular. Congratulations on a well deserved placing.
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Date: 10/13/2009 7:21:00 PM
Congratulation Jim on your thrid place win in the finals. Very well deserved. I'm so happy for you! Love Light Truth Patricia
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Date: 10/2/2009 11:57:00 AM
3 great entries, nice work and good luck...Raul
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