To Be Back Home Again (Alternate Title: Homesick)

Oh he’d love to be back home again

He hasn’t seen his family

Since he can’t remember when

He talks to his mama every day

but both of them agree

that it’s just not quite the same

His grandma’s getting up there now in years

When he thinks how much he misses her

He can’t help but shed a tear

He hopes he’ll get back home before she’s gone

but he knows that might be wishful thinking

that he can’t count on…

By: J.N.R Dutton

Julie & Jack

Julie ran into Jack today,

outside a small cafe

long ago she’d moved away,

something they’d both hated

but now she was back again

There was a time,

they both remembered when

they were inseparable,

the best of friends

As they looked into each others faces

there were things there time can’t erase

Like the bright shining light of Love

that never faded

By: J.N.R Dutton

Like She Did Back Then

She cries her tears in secret each night

thinking back on another time

when she was one of

the greatest joys of his life

she’s at a loss now, so confused

these days their lives seem so out of tune

with each other….and she’s gotten

to thinking, about what she’d do,

what she’d give

to light up his world like that again

like she did back then

By: J.N.R Dutton

Whatever It Takes (Poetic Story)

An old man with a wandering glow in his eye, looks deep into the eyes of his still loving wife. Have they been together 40 years, or is it 45? He can’t remember most of the time.

His mind has crippled with age. It’s often like a book that someone’s taken and blurred out or crumpled the pages, but she’s still grateful for the days, when his memory finds it’s way back on occasion, and he smiles at her in sweet recognition.

As is true Love’s fashion, with all her heart & zealous passion, she says “he’s my other half whom I’ll never forsake, in sickness & health was the promise I made, and I’ll keep that promise to our dying days, come whatever may, whatever it takes.”

By: J.N.R Dutton

Surprises (A short poetic story)

“Find a good woman and settle down” that’s the advice of everybody in town, but John, he’s still busy building his dream from the ground up, says he’s not ready, or looking yet for that kind of Love.

His parents, they worry that he’ll let it slip through his hands, because he’s too distracted with his original plans.

Nonetheless, they know it’s his life to live, they’re just there for him with all the familial Love and advice they can give.

He says “I appreciate your concern, I really do, and I respect your advice and your point of view, thank you for respecting mine too, even though I don’t think like you.”

He continues, “maybe I’ll be ready one day, if the right one comes, I promise not to turn her away…I know not everything can be planned right down to the letter, and sometimes the surprises are even better.”

By: J.N.R Dutton

1953

A jukebox in a malt shop,

playing a sweet melody,

filled an old man’s memories

as he thought back nostalgically

the year in mind was 1953

Flashback-

Two hearts were beating, nervously

young love was blooming beautifully,

and the future was a mystery

All these years on,

though his Love is long gone

He still smiles & tells their story,

says “she was the one”

By: J.N.R Dutton