Sunday, February 03, 2013

One Single Impression: Charisma

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There is a saying
that you can't make a silk purse
from a sow's ear.

I can tell you that is true. 
Been seein' that for years, 
most remembered time was
out in the corn field. We
were young, still teens

My friend shocked me then,
on the job, with mixed comp'ny,
if you could call boys 'n girls
in the corn field mixed

It was for a contest
the sort of which I'd call obscene 
 
At least I'd never seen it played
before, and never still

I declined but that episode 
and his new Ford convertible
are what came to me first about him
 
Saw him later, now I can
remember differently.  He did win,
big time in his career
before descending with rest of us,
into retirement

Still though, charisma not. 
For me he will always be 
just one of us folk

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48 graduated — 18 came — 18 deceased
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©2011 and 2013, Jimmiehov
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Picture was taken (my camera) at my (Jim's) 60th high school class reunion.
Prompt word, 'Charisma,' was provided by Joanne at (4Joy)
Find more poems using ''2013" prompt word at
One Single Impression.
Shared with Real Toads Open Link Monday
 
Note: Since I am using the label, 'Jim's Life,' this is a true story involving me, most of which I have experienced.  Not every other story in this blog is true, even if it seems that it could be.
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18 Comments:

At Saturday, February 02, 2013 11:55:00 PM, OpenID Geraldine said...

Love it Jim! And how amazing to get the group together, all those years later. Sad about those passed though...

Happy Week, G

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 12:15:00 AM, OpenID darklordreturns said...

Wonderful to be back, reading such good work. An absolutely enchanting narrative style, that seems to encompass an epic journey! Loved reading, made me wistful...

I'm well, thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you too! :D

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 3:21:00 AM, Blogger anthonynorth said...

Nothing like a reunion to make one remember. great words.

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 5:14:00 AM, Blogger Emma Major said...

aren't we all, just one of the folk, and perfect for that

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 7:05:00 AM, Blogger Loch Rob said...

Memories and a reunion. I think life is all about making memories and looking forward to new ones.

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Harshad Mehta said...

Reunions are always full of life. They make those lively days again alive. Enjoyed your poem.

And what was that contest in corn field?

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 2:48:00 PM, Blogger joanne said...

intriguing set of memories...

 
At Sunday, February 03, 2013 10:30:00 PM, Blogger The Write Girl said...

What a reunion Jim! It seems that your friend was quite charismatic. You paint your teenage years with such vivid clarity.

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 1:10:00 AM, Blogger Lady In Read said...

loved how you put your memories into this .. and the reunion too must have made more wonderful memories for future brilliant words from you..

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Beautiful, paralleling a life to the rise and fall of a moment in youth. It made me think of people I have run into again--on Face Book only--and if I have a similar experience.

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 10:17:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

How delightful to see classmates getting together after 60 years. Amazing the memories one retains from those days.

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Laurie Kolp said...

This is so heartwarming.

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 1:08:00 PM, Blogger Kim Nelson said...

You must have enjoyed the gathering. I enjoyed heralding back to your youth in the cornfield!

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 1:34:00 PM, Blogger Marian said...

words of warning: sixty years later, what they'll remember about ya is that obscene contest you've totally forgotten. :) love this, thank you for sharing.

 
At Monday, February 04, 2013 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks for sharing the memories and the present. What a blessing the class could come together to celebrate 60 years.

 
At Tuesday, February 05, 2013 3:09:00 AM, Blogger Chhavi Vatwani said...

Wow! You still have reunions after all that time, and most importantly people do turn up!! Wow! I've only had 1 reunion, and only 5 of us turned out, out of 60! :( Loved the poem!!

 
At Tuesday, February 05, 2013 5:28:00 AM, OpenID miskmask said...

A great read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

 
At Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:40:00 PM, Blogger audrey` said...

Wow! This is a very fabulous gathering, Dr Jim :) Missed those who had gone before us to paradise.

 

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