By old hippie 56 · Jan 14, 2008 · ·
  1. old hippie 56
    This is the last poem swim wife had published before her MS took her pen away.

    People speak in irony every day
    or maybe just opposites...maybe lies
    they say they love you
    with contempt in their eyes
    and they smile at you

    Children play in the streets
    and they look so innocent, untouched
    by sorrow
    it's a shame they have to grow up to
    worry about tomorrow
    if there is one

    History is destined to repeat itself
    so it seems
    ghosts from the past haunt you in
    your dreams every night
    and you wake up screaming.

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  1. savingJenniB
    Somehow this poem reminded swim of the last time she ever saw her grandmother. It was about 30 years ago and her grandmother had been visiting her mother in Nevada. They drove to San Francisco ~ swim's grandmother's flight home (Hamburg, Germany) was out of San Francisco the next day. Swim's mother called & wanted to meet swim in the City. Only moments before swim had ingested a rather large quantity of Shrooms.

    By the time swim joined up with her mother & grandmother she was grinning from ear to ear and entirely unable to eat any of the dinner placed in front of her! She tried communicating, but it really did not go too well. Swim's grandmother had never been what she considered a warm person and the happier swim was, the uglier her grandmother became. Swim's mother was also on the attack. Which only made swim laugh louder!!

    Finally, at the end of the dinner swim looked her grandmother in the eye and gave her a big hug and told her grandmother that she loved her.

    Swim's grandmother replied, "You should stop smiling. I know you are not that happy."

    Swim walked about ten miles through the City that night from Fisherman's Wharf all the way out to the Avenues. She caught the last bus home to Marin at 2:45am. She was happy. That was the last time she ever saw her grandmother.
  2. chemlove
    3 things which history past present and the future will never deny

    Children grow up (i really wish everyone could take a chemical that mentally put you back in that place when you were young not jaded and didn't feel like the world is what it actually is a vindictive self amused journey much closer to hell then heaven).

    HISTORY WILL ALWAYS repeat itself as humans prove constantly that deep down we are all animals and just part of nature and not above it.

    lastly people really do speak in irony all day and night they save their money work hard constantly speak of retirement and things and they don't even know if they'll make it to that point. I don't know if my rambling actually do or don't mean anything at all as its that odd hour moment of the night, but i really enjoyed the post here!
  3. Metomni
    Very nice poem, and very beautiful story. :)
  4. Alicia
    awww im sorry to hear about the ms , its a wonderful thoughtful poem thou we wish you all the best. x
  5. beentheredonethatagain
    can you add anymore of her brilliant works?
  6. Ilsa
    her words strike a chord...profound, though i'm not sure how to characterize it. or maybe it's too close to home for now. thanks for posting some of her work. namaste.
  7. DopinDan
    Something that I have realized, and discussed with friends is, as humans, we tend to think, and act as if we are immortal, unless illness or tragedy, wake us up to our mortality.
  8. pillpopper4life
    SWIM identifies almost too strongly with that beautiful poem.
  9. Man5onite
    That is so beautiful and sad.
    I'm sorry you have lost your wife.
  10. Greenport
    I find it quite dark, it seems like the feelings that come out through that poem must've been contained for awhile in her.

    You shouldn't have to worry too much about tomorrow, or the ghosts of your past. Live for today and you live happy. Also don't forget that as long as the sun comes up one more day, there is always another one.

    Sorry, it's a meaningful poem but I don't agree with its message :)
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