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Forever smiles of you!

by Lori Blair

We rode that same old bus

strangers then from when

we'd grown from one till us

and though you drove us all

a million miles it seemed

that distance became pea-sized

as you befriended us all

with that ease of yours that most

would never have cared

to try



And now we know

such a loss is not just yours or ours

but once and again the same

you came and picked us up that day

but now that old unspoken bus

will never drive that right of way again

and who can deny a loss that felt

never meant to be until that day

that old bus stopped for you

and you, alone



You came our way in the past

you came our way in present too

you came our way in futures too

and deep inside I know you feel it too



So no goodbyes, no cries

just forever moments of truth



no rain, no shame

just forever smiles of you



forever smiles of you

and just as many thank yous!

no doubt it's so
for the soul we know you to be!



And now we are on our own

a bus without a steering wheel

each turn, each pass, each stop

a fearful exchange we feel each day

and now we pass uncertainty

but no matter where we are to go

you will hold our souls so dear

year to year, a friend, is a friend

no matter the distance we

now go



Because,



you came our way in the past

you came our way in present too

you came our way in futures too

and deep inside I know you feel it too




So no goodbyes, no cries

just forever moments of truth




no rain, no shame

just forever smiles of you




forever smiles of you

and just as many thank yous!

no doubt about it

for the soul we know you to be!

and how could we ever forget?



a soul as good as yours!

we won't!



unspoken or released!





03/16/2012

Posted on 03/16/2012
Copyright © 2021 Lori Blair

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/16/12 at 11:21 PM

Really nice, as always.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/17/12 at 02:15 AM

I especially like that pea-sized distance. Whether this is a metaphorical bus driver or literal, you carry the idea through so well. I also like the melding of past, present, futures in this. Nicely done, Lori.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 03/17/12 at 07:57 PM

nobody expresses it quite like you, Lori. this is quite the journey from one to us to we, from one to a community of feeling and emotions conjured and shared by one morphed into all to feel, the way it was meant to be. no, we who are the product of one, never truly lose anyone forever or for long, given there is a heart e'er pointing clearly to fond recollection.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 03/18/12 at 04:15 PM

... excellent.....

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/20/12 at 03:37 AM

Wow! This is really beautiful and positive Lori. It totally sums up my own feeings towards my recently departed friend. Perhaps you would let me read it to her someday. Thanks for posting this. :o)

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/24/12 at 03:11 AM

Love...is changeful, like music, or a sweet mournfulness, or like a dance, or the tender struggle of a thousand paper fans. Love your poem here. Delighted. Thanks.

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