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Nineteen-ninety-three
Author: Catyrose

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I barely recognized the woman behind the counter
Eyes that once sparkled had lost their luster
A full-figured woman she once had been
All at once appeared shrunken and reed-thin
Lines brought on by stress and worry
Cascaded across her sun-kissed skin with quite a flurry

Here was a woman who had been a very dear friend
Light years ago, way back when
We poured over books and study notes
Reciting to each other familiar quotes
Teachers we had once planned to be
My interest was English
Hers was history
Always believing we were masters of our own destiny

Through a series of twists and turns we parted ways
Vowing that our friendship had forever gone astray
Tears welled up in her eyes and mine
Longing to recapture the good old times
We reached across the counter and embraced as true friends
Apologizing for our foolishness way back when

We caught up quickly on the years sorely missed
Death had taken her husband away
Children’s struggles added more than a few strands of gray
The big “C” devoured her once full breasts
And now she faced yet one more cruel test
Her eldest son seemed next in line
To retire from this earth, long before his time

So much tragedy this woman has faced
Yet she still projects composure and a sense of Southern grace
When she smiled for a moment I caught a glimpse
Of the women we used to be
Long long ago, back in 1993

------- Author's Notes -------

To Sandra B. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

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Tarna (75.16.224.1) -- Sunday, November 23 2008, 01:03 am

Time touches us all

Life has so many trials they change us in so many way.. But underneath there is always a glimpse of who we always were... Enjoyed meeting your old friend
 
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