“ Distant Faces ” – etched on my mind –

by Claude Théberge 1987
ceramic mural 12 ‘ x 9’ for Eastern Topographies,

Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

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Distant Faces 

            – etched on my mind –

 There are traces
 From prior times, 
 Of distant faces
 Etched on my mind,
 That stay forever 
 Hence so adorn,
 A place of musing 
 Where past ground,
 Be worth pursuing
 Tho but a semblance,
 Might now be found…  

 As memories falter 
 Thus in mind’s eye,
 Imaginings alter
 And fall beyond,
 Familiar places 
 Of aging optimism, 
 In mature zeal 
 Be timeless isms,
 Scarcely notes real
 With fading traces,
 Of now distant faces… 

 Tho wishful thinking  
 Could yet show trace, 
 That offers an inkling 
 Alludes to per chance,
 A faint hint of passing
 Mightn’t ye remember,  
 Enough of such places
 May outlive December, 
 Has ye find the more, 
 Of now held distant faces!   

                 © Jean-Jacques Fournier 
  
                          Ode to Hilary, Natalie and Wayne, old friends! 
                                    
 Mural - by artist Claude Theberge ...
 Faces - Personal & private collection ...
 Music - Excerpt of,  Night Jazz, by Chet Baker ...   




9 thoughts on ““ Distant Faces ” – etched on my mind –

  1. Thank you my long time dear friend. While more and more be thus so for many, be yet better than those whom are less favoured and do not outlive December… Be well Paulette !

  2. What I love about the aging process is the collection of memories, of stories and of connections. It is a reminder to live with love, hope, resilience and courage. Thank you, Jean-Jacques for another amazing poem. Take care during this uncertain time.

  3. I have the same experience with wanting to remember distant faces and all they represent. I do wonder, from time to time, if friends I’ve lost touch with somehow know that thoughts of them cross my mind from time to time.

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