Poem: Faded Friends


I ran into a friend from years gone by, reminding me of time’s fissures ever so wide and deep. Memories of two children who once clung together in giggles and make believe, that now seem less visible like giant panther paws of fog.

Time alters more than shells that carry us onward through our lives, it shifts the very foot prints patterned within our passions and desires.

Ever changing, ever molding from our long journeys, leaving once kindred friends wondering if that time was just a dream and we had never met.

How many clouds have past by through these years? How many times have seasons changed and loved ones have come and gone, leaving distant memories like faded introspections.

We have followed our separate paths, obstacles now cloud those many years ago, yet there is a faint bond that lives on.

Good times lying on our backs in cool green grass, imagining fantastic shapes clouds had drawn; believing childhood would never end.

Summer times of skipping rope and climbing trees to reach the highest pinnacle , that was our foremost aspiration.  Cool lemonade and dirty mud pies, playing hide-and-seek in deep, lush woods with the distant sound of  parents calling us home.

With reflections of once upon a time and bittersweet smiles, we say goodbye.  A last goodbye, I fear, that tugs at my very soul for want of one more moment back in an era of absolute innocence.

It’s good to think back on those so distant days within our childhood.  Somewhere in the tall trees and cool lemonade something started sculpting our lives.  Something remains locked within our hearts and minds that will always leave a silent bond, though quite distant now — we do know they were not imagined dreams,  we were kindred friends.

Possibly those fond  memories, like a warm blanket, will comfort us in years to come.

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