Patti Masterman

Remember When Cars Had Expressions - Poem by Patti Masterman

Remember when cars had expressions,
And trees were citadels you could climb to safety;
Hopscotch and jacks were your only real job,
And being followed around by the dog,
And parents knew everything, were wise beyond years:
And everyone loved you; there was love in their eyes.

Remember when someone finally noticed you
Thought you were kind and worthwhile; nearly beautiful,
And you went on dates, just to stare in their eyes,
And made out till late, but went home before dawn,
And crept into bed, much too happy to sleep:
And everyone loved you; there was love in their eyes.

Then came marriage and babies;
In sickness and health, and your parents got frail,
And you burned up the miles;
You lived in your car, but it didn't seem odd,
That you knew all the doctors, and did all the chores;
Taking care like once you, yourself were cared for:
But everyone loved you, with the love in their eyes.

There were funerals and goodbyes,
As they left, one by one
Though you'd hoped for a miracle;
At least, you were loved-
And then their eyes closed,
Extinguishing all.

So now you get through the days,
And sometimes feel sad; life is much different
Than it was before; you've forgotten that person
Who you used to be, but now and then
You still remember, what you used to know well
Nearly forgotten, but it comes back once more;
How everyone loved you; how love lived in their eyes..

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 26, 2010

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