poet C R Clark

C R Clark

The House On Centerville Road

We stopped beside the highway
And gazed at the old house
I told my wife, “That’s where I lived”
When I was just a little sprout
It looked smaller than it once did
Back so many years ago
Even then it was old and creaky
But, as a kid, I didn’t know
Weathered boards were loose and falling
Saplings grew up through the porch
The old tin roof was rusted orange
And the yard looked like a forest
Here dwells my oldest memories
From so many years ago
When our young family lived here
In the house on Centerville road

Those walls once rang with laughter
And the energy of two young lads
Riding stick horses all around the place
Trying to “herd” our collie, Pat
But, Pat knew more than we did
When she’d hear Mama shout
She’d turn us back from the road
And herd two boys toward the house
Dad got a job and we moved to town
Well before I started school
So, my memories are short and sketchy
But, I’ve found there are quite a few
My wife retrieved her camera
And as I turned the key to go
Snapped a picture from her window
Of the house on Centerville road

10/07/07

Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 4, 2009
Poem Edited: Thursday, July 7, 2011

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  • Rachel Butler (10/28/2009 3:37:00 AM)

    So, my memories are short and sketchy

    Rachel Ann Butler

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  • Marilyn LottMarilyn Lott (2/14/2009 7:52:00 AM)

    What beautiful memories as you looked upon the old house. You put your thoughts together so well with your talent. Loved it! A '10! '

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn

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  • Barry A. LanierBarry A. Lanier (1/27/2009 1:20:00 AM)

    Ah, the wonderful memories of the 'homeplace' will stay with us and revive us when we need it...........thanks for sharing..carried me back to mine

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  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (1/18/2009 4:58:00 AM)

    A very sentimental journey and it is strange how things looked so much bigger when we were children. My husband comes from Kyogle in Australia, which is lush rain forest country and he talks about it often. He says 'you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy'. Thank you for a such a happy glance into your youth. Karin Anderson

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  • Bonnie Collins (1/17/2009 11:23:00 PM)

    What an enjoyable, nostalgic look back into the life that each one of us harbor withing our sou.... HOME...... This was penned so beautifully, and I can relate so well... As when my mom passed away, we had to clean out the old house, and the memories were flowing endlessly.... Very gently penned with so much colour of HOME....

    Bonnie

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  • Ivor Hogg (1/17/2009 4:19:00 PM)

    Nostalgia personified but yesterday is a distant country in another universe

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  • ngaio beckngaio beck (1/17/2009 11:39:00 AM)

    Bittersweet memories we all need from time to time.

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  • Rebecca Wiles (1/12/2009 8:46:00 AM)

    I like that! ! It's always nice to look back at childhood, innocence; a time when we still knew how to play and have fun! !
    Becca

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  • Vidi WritesVidi Writes (1/11/2009 8:45:00 AM)

    Sure to say...
    The place spent at childhood and youth
    A Garden of Eden.
    Through our innocent heart
    We could have gazed only Blue.

    One such line of Blue
    Lying here before my View.

    Ohh.. wonderful write.

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  • Vaibhav Pandey (1/7/2009 12:39:00 AM)

    what a fantastic display of memories of past.....
    loved it sir.
    10/10

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (1/6/2009 4:08:00 AM)

    A wonderful trip down memory lane Richard, excellent descriptive quality. Best wishes, Andrew

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  • Greenwolfe 1962 (1/4/2009 6:53:00 PM)

    Extremely well written . You are a gifted writer .

    GW62

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  • Thad Wilk (1/4/2009 12:22:00 PM)

    Another delightful poem Richard! ! I reminisce of days past like this, the childhood times like these an i seem to find a piece of mind - from within those memories...
    Best wishes! ! ! *10*!
    Friend Thad

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  • Tsira Goge (1/4/2009 12:22:00 PM)

    The childhood lives memoirs...
    And the old house on highway - real the past proof....
    Which all the same caused the latent melancholy...
    Which you cannot hide before video-kamer... Beauty, Richard.. 10....
    B.W.
    Tsira

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