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A Year Ago to the Day

I shall hold on to the morning, lest the night take your memory away.

It is exactly a year ago to the day
When you said you’d travel the miles to me.
A broken car and a broken dream,
And you would not let me down.
That’s what you said.
You would not let me down.

I couldn’t believe it, this handsome love,
This kind and gentle man
Whose smile crinkled his caring eyes
And calmly soothed my fears away.
A year ago to the day.

I woke that morning with an anxious heart,
And fears plaguing my soul,
And yet you caused the smile to dance across my lips
And the warmth to caress my face.
I seemed to be your only ray of sunshine;
That’s what you said.
You would not let me down.

At work all day, each figure that entered
The shop was a jolt of excitement;
Another sale, another enquiry,
Each brought you closer to me,
And I, closer to you.

No words from you for all that day,
And I believed you would not come.
But still, you drove the miles to me,
And the doorbell rang and you stood before me,
So gently, in your way.
You would not let me down.

As you crossed the threshold of the house,
You crossed the threshold into my life.
I took my bundle of broken dreams,
And I placed them in your hands.
You smiled as you took them,
And you hushed them peace
A year ago to the day.

And when you learned what day this was,
And that I hadn’t told you,
For fear of you trying to be kind but not truthful,
You took me in your arms,
And I knew you’d really meant to let this moment happen.
You would not let me down.

And as morning broke, my heart did too,
Although I didn’t know it then.
I’d thought there was nothing left to smash;
But seconds and hours and a few days later,
You handed back my bundle of broken dreams.
My heart had broken once again, and I knew
That you had let me down.

And every birthday that I’ve ever cursed,
I treasure and curse that one the most.
For these morning hours bring me memories of joy,
Of anticipated fantasy and hope that I
Could be precious in your sight.

But the evening brings the broken pain,
And the knowledge that I could be nothing to you.
And so I embrace the birthday dawn,
And fear the ugly night where dreams grow old and die.

For birthday mornings are fresh with hope,
And potential bounces like kissing balloons;
Unwrapped secret presents, with ribbons
For untying, that share their happy secrets within;
These remain the day’s anticipation
Until the evening closes in.

And so I’ll wake this birthday morning,
And remember the presence of you;
Your smile, your arms,
Your gentle caring,
And the kiss of your lips on my happy mouth
A year ago to the day.

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Posted 11 Sep 2012 09:31
Pain - Beauty - Real. Life Scripted.
Posted 10 Sep 2012 22:18
Beautiful, heartbroken and emotional. Excellent work!
Posted 10 Sep 2012 14:22
sensational..well written
Posted 10 Sep 2012 09:28
Daisy that was one of the most beautiful and heart tugging poems I have ever read. A big hug to you and plenty of ginga's too. Thank you for sharing

Posted 10 Sep 2012 06:35
The mark of a true poet is one who can take their readers on a journey with them, for them to feel what you feel... This is one such poem. Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul.

Posted 10 Sep 2012 04:52
Definitely excellent!

Posted 10 Sep 2012 01:18
Poetry is an expression of our inner being. I can only hope that this was a sign of healing.
Posted 10 Sep 2012 00:40
If poetry should be an expression of the authors soul, yours burns with the passion of a lover who revels in sharing their love.
A decidedly emotional read of superb quality.

Posted 09 Sep 2012 23:12
Oh Daisy, that was was magnificent, painful, and well... perfect. xx
Posted 09 Sep 2012 23:00
Beautifully written! Thank you for sharing,big hugs n kisses your way honey !
Posted 09 Sep 2012 22:36
Beautiful. Pain and anguish all over. 5
Posted 09 Sep 2012 22:01
Beautiful words and thoughts.
Posted 09 Sep 2012 18:30
You touched my heart and my soul. I can feel the anguish there as a tear comes to my eye. I haven't been affected by a poem for a long time but this one hit me right in the heart. I love it. Keep tugging at my heart strings. Love your work.

Posted 09 Sep 2012 17:59
Very emotional and real!! I can feel the pain... HUGS
Posted 09 Sep 2012 17:47
so beautiful.... but my heart is breaking....

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