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A Gipsy’s Hand


©2014 Shers Gallagher

What I wouldn't give for all my days of childhood
to re-enact the play of wonder
shrouded in a gipsy's hand,
foretelling of no past,
which there had been little of so far,  
but of days and dreams of adventures to come.

What I wouldn't give for all my days of pubescent wonder
when love was but a whistle along an uncommon path
absorbed in misty-eyed youth
with songs of the unfulfilled romantic,
comparing life more to a budding flower
than any hand of reckoning.

What I wouldn't give for all my days of young adulthood
when life was both a struggle and a play
at becoming what the hand foretold
and of the willingness to be its player
in dreams and schemes of practically reckless abandon,
the risk that is taken by any hopeful dreamer.

What I wouldn't give for all my days of reliving the dream
the cards foretold,
laid out in the gipsy’s hand,
the basic plan written in the dust of stars 
that I still shake my head at.

Comments

  1. Skillfully inventive; well done.

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  2. A most Excellent Marigold Hotel, Shers...good to see you back !

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  3. Your last stanza makes me wonder - do you shake your head because the cards were right, or wrong?!

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  4. Brilliant. I did enjoy this and the way you have revisited the different stages of life.

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  5. You sound so nice Shers - I do hope the cards turned out just right for you.
    Loved the poem from start to finish
    Nice to meet you ~ Eddie


    Clouds and Silvery Linings

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  6. yes i want to know if the cards were right?....loved this..xx

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  7. Oh yes, may dreams come true and the shadows of the cards be calm! Nice magpie!

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  8. I find it delicate and strong. Lovely.

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  9. Life both a struggle and a play.........loved that line - essences of my own young adulthood there!

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  10. Very nice thoughts. I'd like to return to the age of forty.

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  11. not sure if a glitch ate my comment, but iI just wanted to say the stages of life are really well described

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  12. Liked the line - 'the basic plan written in the dust of stars' ... hope the plan turned out well. Enjoyed your take on this one.

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  13. Yes, a skilful unfolding of a life, its dreams and its dreams relived. But, if given the chance to go around again, I think I would pass.

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