The lonesome whistle of a late night train

The sound of bullfrogs or a night owls screech

The melodic drip of a summer rain

These things pull me back to my town asleep


I could count the stars in the sky at night

Without smog or bright lights to drown the view

Bushes covered in fireflies glittered bright

Like golden mounds covered in misty dew


I had so many years of wasted dreams

Of where time did not move at a snail’s pace

I now know the only thing that I need

Is to return to that much simpler place


But my small town has completely vanished

Her quiet streets will never comfort me

My hopes of returning have been banished

All that’s left are this old man’s memories

23 thoughts on “Memories

  1. Beautiful poem Jerry but oh so sad. I just want to fix it..😊 , but am wise now
    and won’t try.
    The poem gives such a strong feeling of love for where you were, regrets and now only memories. I am sure you have strength to build new memories and see the stars without city lights.

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  2. It is a blessing and curse that the more we love, the more pleasant the experience, but ultimately the greater the pain of loss. Memory can be a two edged sword as well. I glad you have good memories of your home town Jerry and grateful to you for sharing them.

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  3. Aw. 😦 We can all relate to this, Jerry. Well expressed and so poignant.
    What is that old saying by Thomas Wolfe…”You can’t go home again.”
    Thankful for the memories…good and not-so-good ones as those life events and experiences shaped me into who I am today.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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