The Past Is Gone

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We used to eat together

At the dining room table

Talk about our day

And what we learned in school

We used to share music

Let it play all day long

The artists and songs

That were our favorites

We used to treasure

Spending time together

Then life swept us up

And distance became miles

We used to be too busy

Work and kids activities

There were never enough hours

Just wasted moments that never were

We used to talk on the phone

Share a few brief moments

Talking of our treasured accomplishments

And disappointing losses

… then without a warning

They were gone for good

And I was left thinking

We used to eat together

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Listen to my story

I’ll tell it if you sit here

About an unending love

For someone I hold dear

He swept me off my feet

When I was feeling low

And gave me a reason to breathe

When I wanted to let go

He boosted my confidence

And made me feel new

Like a woman with purpose

And renewed beauty too

But now he is a memory

No longer in my life

But I would take him back

And gladly be his wife

He more or less asked once

To go away with him

But I had ties here

I couldn’t leave on a whim

To this day I still love him

Still care about how he feels

But someone else has him

And from her I cannot steal

So I love him from a distance

And I know I always will

He gave me my confidence back

And for that I owe him still

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We To I

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We met online

We instantly clicked

We developed a bond

We were simpatico

We grew closer

We shared so much

We were best of friends

You met someone

You were happy

You had less time

You stopped calling

You barely texted

I was hurt

I felt abandoned

I miss you

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – simpatico


I see the stars and think of you

The brightest one calls to me

A wishful thought to be with you

Though distance makes it hard

If we could find a way

To shrink the miles between us

Maybe my wish upon a star

Would come true at long last

And we can finally get the chance

To endlessly embrace each other


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wishful

Home Soon

I answered the phone and right away recognized that raspy voice.  It was him calling from the other side of the world where he was for work; so very far away.  “Good morning babe,” he said with a yawn.

I glanced at the clock and saw it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.  Doing fast time math in my head I said, “Good morning.  Don’t you have to be at work in a half an hour?”

“Nah, I’ve got an hour.  Don’t have to be there until seven today.”

“I’ve missed you.  It is so nice to hear your voice.  I can tell that you JUST woke up by that gruffness in your voice… makes me really miss ALL of you.”

“You know we are going to make up for lost time when I come home next week.  You can have me as many mornings, afternoons and nights as you want.”

“I plan on it darling.  I took time off from work even.  This has been a long six months.”

“Well you know I love you babe, but I have to go.  I promised a couple of the guys from work a McDonald’s Japanese breakfast.  I miss you.”

“I miss you too hon. And love you to the ends of the earth.  Good-bye.”


I hung up the phone with a tear dropping on my cheek.  Told myself this bonus check would be worth it.  And lightly touched my stomach.  “Don’t worry baby, Daddy will be home soon to meet you.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – raspy