Hazel Durham


The Sweetest Sound


No sound was sweeter than you singing the song 'Mandy, '
Caressing, embracing tones,
In perfect pitch, we never felt alone,
Stable jockey with blond hair, blue eyes,
Fun was always your character,
Kissed by the beaming sun.



Driving us back to the Heath House,
Where our mobile homes stood proudly,
With darkened sky,
Car headlights shining on the glistening, rain soaked, country roads,
We chatted, laughing at the sheer joy of the life we sowed,
Just four co-workers, friends, young and free,
Passing by tall trees, branches reaching out crookedly,
Ready to touch our souls.



Stars twinkling showing the way to different galaxies,
Were in orbit, on a spinning top,
Then you start singing our anthem, 'Mandy, '
In soothing, mellow tones, going so deep,
Moving us to feel in our hearts, to weep.



Life was a show stopping caberet,
Woven with riding thoroughbred horses,
Highly strung, finely tuned,
Feeling their power beneath us, muscles contracting,
Striding out like elastic stretching,
Galloping around the Heath on its clay surface,
We relished the fast pace,
At one with beautiful animals of amazing structure,
Ready to race.



We shone with health but we had no wealth,
The drive back was a concert,
With you the star attraction,
A solo performance outstanding,
Sending us rocketing to a moon landing,
Freedom was finding living on the edge untamed,
Living was our taste of fame,
In our galaxy of four glowing stars.



The future turned out to be, not so kind to us,
But those moments now captured in words,
Of our pleasure of hearing the sweetest sound,
Along many miles with such wide smiles,
The moon bowing in respect to our friendship intact,
With our extreme wealth of happiness,
For a short time, before the fall,
I treasure such precious memories,
For the eternal light inside us all.

Submitted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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In memory of my two young friends taken in their prime.
Beautiful memories of such happiness and the sweetest sound!

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  • Elena Sandu (5/30/2013 4:41:00 PM)

    I love those unique moments when everything will connect rightly, that feel of happy being to come out as a life memory. Grateful for such a beautiful share, thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/30/2013 3:41:00 AM)

    I live close to Newmarket and your chapter relating to horses reminded me of the thoroughbreds there.Great! (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (5/2/2013 8:54:00 AM)

    It's a nostalgic composition to relive some treasured moments, some lines are really timeless:
    ' We relished the fast pace, ' appreciable in all respects (Report) Reply

  • Poet Of The River (4/25/2013 9:09:00 AM)

    some sweet, some sour, a balanced poem. it could even be turned into a country song. it has a sort of compatible story line. your style is very different from mine. i always appreciate reading different views and styles. keep on writing. (Report) Reply

  • Sayeed Abubakar (4/18/2013 9:54:00 AM)

    Very good write. But can you think once whether you can change your style? A new poem demands to be different from the old ones. I know, you have that strength. Go on (Report) Reply

  • Gulsher John (4/17/2013 2:35:00 AM)

    story of the sweet past
    with full colors and contrast
    bring heavenly hue
    in yours idyllic view
    that made our hearts
    serene, loving and composed........
    Hazel...another grt composition from the past memories.
    sweet lines with great country music....... (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (4/16/2013 12:17:00 PM)

    Eternal light of d soul oh my yor freeverse wording is exquisite here. I so enjoyd yor superb muse here. I hope u like mine too. (Report) Reply

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