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Vagabond Dreams

how old are they now
those that fell by the wayside, one foot in the unknown
the others that disappeared to the other side of the moon

why were they lost,  spilling into the wind
tossed upwards, cast aside, like an unrequited memory
giving way like broken clouds 
silently dispersing into the vast, midnight sky

how did we let them go…
turn our backs on an exodus we don't quite recall
while they took their leave without a sound, ...not an echo, nor a cry

fragments may reappear
weary and worn, without a name
disguised by the ashes that hide the flame 

how often do we believe we might see them ignite 
rising up from the alter of youth 
like a sunrise from the afterlife

but grasses grew unplanted
sprouting out of nowhere
to fill the vacant spaces
we didn't know were there

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8/31/21
contest Vagabond Dreams
sponsor Craig Cornish

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2021

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Date: 1/22/2022 8:46:00 PM

Why were they lost? Great question Carrie, so much luck needed today, so many already there, forces others down. Looking at some of my old favourite poems, some by yourself, decided to take a visit. love this poem, will join the others i've already tucked away for a rainy day...Hope you are keeping well. Harry
Date: 12/24/2021 7:08:00 PM

Vagabond dreams are remarkably coveyed in your lyrical verse. Your final stanza is thoughtfully moving - the strong end to a very fine write. Sincerest regards. Brian
Date: 11/7/2021 6:28:00 PM

Sweet remembrance Carrie!
Date: 10/13/2021 12:29:00 PM

Carrie, Hello my old friend. This poem brought forth a lot of contemplation and thought. Deep and beautiful, I miss all of you, MJ
Date: 9/21/2021 9:51:00 AM

Hello there dear poet! I know, long time no read...;)...i feel melancholic after reading this :]...but that's a reaction, we writers live for that! Great job Carrie...have a great week...much love, james
Date: 9/13/2021 10:51:00 AM

Carrie, this is a stunning piece with a string of pondering questions and amazing imagery and word use - "fragments...without a name," "others...disappeared...to the other side of the moon," "sunrise from the afterlife." Congratulations on your win. All the best.
Date: 9/11/2021 4:44:00 AM

Really nice Carrie....loved the last four lines of this poem.... Congrats on your win :)
Date: 9/11/2021 4:25:00 AM

Beautifully written Carrie. The last stanza captures an image of emptiness....refilled...but still present.
Date: 9/10/2021 11:41:00 PM

Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you.
Date: 9/10/2021 6:27:00 PM

I'd forgotten how much I loved your poetry Carrie, congrats and welcome back dear .
Date: 9/1/2021 12:05:00 PM

nice to read your poetry again' welcome back and with a poem I believe will win

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