Monday, 11 November 2019


My first real girlfriend was Joan
I'd met her playing tennis
Free time used the courts at school
Soon after walked her back home
Held hands, talked of many things

She was in a different class
Both at school and on the court
She won the girls tournament
And easily beat me too
Holding her hand my heart sings

Her mum, dad holidayed once
Down at beach resort in Kent
Was invited down for a few days
So she and me walked a lot
Hoped this was more than a fling

She told me after that spree
That was all for her and me
It broke my heart to be free
We'd both left school gone to work
To see what the future brings

Later I found perfect wife
Settled down to married life
Had our kids one, two and three
Worked hard finally retired
Travelled the world sightseeing

Wrote stories and poetry
Kids married all left home
On Facebook had a few friends
Wife died, I'm alone again
Then old girlfriend requesting

Her husband too has now died
So we talked of such a lot
As though we had not parted
Few weeks ago she too had died
Wonder where the story's ending

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  1. This is so heart-wrenching 😥😥

  2. Oh tears....the story continues with the one who still tells it...vocal history keeps going

  3. Having returned recently from my 60th high school reunion I totally relate to your write!

  4. Life, with its devastating cycles in action again. So sad. Glad we’re all still here to share our writing.

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  6. And we shall keep on telling the story till it lasts... It's peculiar how life takes us through love and loss. Beautifully expressed!

    P.s. I apologize for such a long delay in reading and responding to your take on the prompt. :-)