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MEMORIES OF PONTEFRACT THAT NEVER FADE

KATHLEEN STRINGER FAIRBURN


OLD FRIENDS

I sit in the town centre, on a wooden seat

Looking for familiar faces of old friends Iíd like to meet

Hoping recognition will dawn in a strangerís eye

But after over thirty years can I wonder why?

No one seems to know me or even glance my way?

(Perhaps we donít recognise each other, now we are getting old and grey?)

Have I let too many years go by since I went away?

Even now my time is short, and alas I cannot stay

Am I staring too intently to make that person frown?

(Not a glint of recognition as she looks me up and down)

"Look at me and remember" is my silent plea

"Let us, old friends, meet again and perhaps share a pot of tea?"

Iíd like to become re-acquainted with dear friends I left behind

Teen and childhood memories forge precious bonds that bind

Nostalgia seems to deepen with the passage of the years
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And memories of life in Pontefract is something time endears

Iím home with my family now Ė in Australia once again

But already planning my next trip to the town from whence I came

In the year 2007 Iíll be back for a month or two

Perhaps my luck will be in this time and Iíll meet up with you?

Kathleen Stringer Fairburn


Also by Kathleen Fairburn:

Memories of Pontefract that Never Fade - Home


 

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