TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME

Taking the Long Way Home
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Class Reunion

Since we know where we are going so well,
let’s take the longest route there,
out past England’s Hill and that dip in the road we kids called lover’s leap.
Silly the traditions we tried to pretend––as though our histories weren’t long enough
to have attracted real ones. Now all of those old newnesses
are curling with age, discolored, cracking at the edges––
their roughness catching realities and dreams
and mixing them together so none of us
can remember the difference.

The Prompt: This Is Your Song–Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post. (My song was “Long Way Home” by Tom Waits.)

7 thoughts on “TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Okay, now I have to Google that to see if it is the same song or a different one!!! (After looking it up on YouTube: Well of course I know this Supertramp song and love it…Just must admit I never knew who sang it! I’m hopeless re/ matching artists with music. It is definitely a different song from Tom Waits’ song, but I love both of them.)

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  1. LuAnne Holder

    Oh, my, this is wonderful! You have captured that bittersweet feeling of remembering youth. Your description of “old newnesses” is poignant. Yes, those rough edges do mix realities and dreams. And I guess if we think about it, we will be able to look back on the “old newnesses” of today some day in the future. It is comforting to think that realities and dreams can be stirred into the same experience. Love this!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, LuAnne. Various friends have been trying to convince me to write shorter poems. Sometimes it feels like cheating, but sometimes I “get” what they mean. Some stories require details. Others require short strokes. This is one of those. So easy to be so caught up in memories that one isn’t aware of the moment. I think you definitely “got” that. Thanks so much for your comments. I love it when a poem becomes a conversation.

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