Edgewood Drive

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

I have a lot of memories growing up in the 60's and 70's in Florida. Hopefully this will remind you of when you were growing up also

Edgewood Drive

By 

Brian Lee Clements


 

Back in the Sixties and Seventies when I grew up 

There is a street where it seemed like time stood still

Where you knew all of your neighbors

Whether you liked them or not

There were a dozen kids that you also knew

And you would wonder if you could be friends with any of them

 Your friends grew up and went their separate ways

And you wonder what paths they took in their individual  lives

Some became lawyers, doctors and even musicians

And some you never hear from them again

Which is sad because you thought you were really close

The houses were unique and did not look alike

But all the houses had carports and most had well kept lawns

And when you were bored

 You would ride your bike to the local convenience store

Buy a soda or maybe an Icee to quench your thirst

On Fridays and Saturdays you could hear people partying at Passion Lake

And you wish you were there but was made to stay home

On Sundays you could walk to church or ride there

And then sit outside in the evening listening to the crickets and frogs

Those days are gone now

Even I had moved from there to Colorado

But some of my greatest memories of when I was growing up

Are of Panama City and the street where those memories come from

And that neighborhood is called

Edgewood Drive

 


Submitted: December 03, 2021

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niah

What incredible memories you have.

Fri, December 3rd, 2021 8:06pm

Random Thorn

I also grew up in a small neighborhood on the East Coast where everyone knew each other and all the kids got together and played, and I have since moved to Colorado! This piece certainly speaks to me in that way.
The line about how all the houses were unique struck me because that variety can give a neighborhood defined character, which I find is in stark contrast with the sprawling, copy-paste residential areas of cities like Colorado Springs and Denver. Did that play some part in inspiring you to write this poem?
I appreciate the progression of imagery and the intimate voice you use to capture the nostalgia for those long-lost neighborhoods that seems ever more present in a society whose evolving structure feels less and less personal.

Tue, December 28th, 2021 5:11pm

Stories by Boz

Good one.

Sun, January 2nd, 2022 6:26am

dmauro

Your wording was simple, and your imagery took us to Edgewood drive. I really enjoyed this.

Sun, January 2nd, 2022 3:31pm

DiamondGirl1955

I remember growing up in The Metro Washington DC area of Bethesda Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia.

Sun, January 2nd, 2022 6:34pm

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