In Memory Only

I sauntered down a country lane
of tender dreams of ages past,
and tried to resurrect again
the hope that always seemed to last.

But as I searched in ashes cold,
of hours spent when in my youth,
a picture clear did then unfold
reminding me of simple truth:

We may return in memory
to blooming years of yesterday,
but doors to youth have not a key
when time has blown the flower away.

Copyright 1996 Ruth Gillis

First published in the Spring 1997 issue of
The Candlelight Poetry Journal

 

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