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....And Many Happy Returns

Rating: 4.1
He had just celebrated,
with kindred friends and spirits
his seventieth.
The guests now gone
and one could hear
the squeaking of his rocking chair
accompanied by birds,
who, in the tropics, sing at night
as well, it set the stage
for melancholy reminiscence
about the crossroads he had reached
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Ruby Honeytip 29 October 2012
Sad and melancholy acceptance of the inevitable. You are a great storyteller Mr Nehrlich.
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Janice M Pickett 25 March 2009
Love this dear friend. Just came back on here and had to check out what you have been up to since I was last here in 2007. Great tale told as usual.10 Plus for you. *hug*
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Michael Gale 06 December 2008
Not bad! Pretty good indeed. An easy ten here. God bless all poets-MJG.
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Tom J. Mariani 10 December 2007
You take the reader gently into the recognition of mortality. I like your use of the extended metaphor of his 70th birthday and the recognition at the end that there will not be '...many happy returns' Tom
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Wandering Scarlet 19 August 2007
nice moral, but last time i checked, this appears to be a story
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K K 06 March 2007
Mortality is very real but sometimes we forget. Nice reminder KK
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Kee Thampi 06 March 2006
A shadow crossed his tired face when from within a voice sang out, it makes a feel to..............
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Sid John Gardner. 04 March 2006
Nice write Herbert reminds us all of our mortality. Respect, Sid John.
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Gina Onyemaechi 01 March 2006
I don't know Jim, Herbert, but I care about him and feel for him as much as his other friends. Saddening poem reminding us all of our inevitable final destination. Warm regards, Gina.
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Allan James Saywell 26 February 2006
i see you are still open for comment herbert which is good it shows your not afraid of the low mentality one givers, and you remain open to fair and just critique from your associates a fine piece herbert worthy of a high mark Warm regards allan
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