the irony

the irony

A Poem by Lydia


artwork by robert plunkett




a convoy of nostalgia 
drove down my block today
virtual carloads of it
clearing its throat of the gravel lodged there
pixelated faces smiled at me 
mistakes did a slow samba
intransitive verbs and collective nouns 
uncharacteristically held hands
as they skipped away from me
giggling all the while

i'm convinced
if nostalgia were a sentence
it would have to be declarative
stating information that may or may not be true
then again perhaps some facts have been changed 
to protect the innocent
or the guilty as the case may be
impossible to piece together the memories
there's always at least one piece missing
i find myself smiling at the irony

© 2019 Lydia


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It is ironic indeed how we feel something is missing or someone especially during our cherished Holidays. I do feel that too. This was beautiful and sad. Missing is part of life. Hard to cope but it is doable. May your Holiday be of cheer and fun. Be blessed.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much, Sami. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Lydi**
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Same to you. Pleasure to see you. You are welcome.



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Your poem took me on 2 different tangents, delightfully so! First, I love the opening -- so original & such a startling way to describe nostalgia -- the kind of bright originality we all wish we'd thought of! Second, I love your grammatical examination of how nostalgia appears -- it never occurred to me there might be someone pulling the strings & distorting the way nostalgia is presented in my mind's eye (happens all the time, why didn't I ever notice that?) Love this! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Lydia

2 Weeks Ago

My mind is always going in two different directions at once, Margie! :) thanks for the great revie.. read more
(impossible to piece together the memories there's always at least one piece missing i find myself smiling at the irony) So very true my friend. I love reading your words! ~Sharon

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Lydia

2 Weeks Ago

I appreciate your review, Sharon. Thanks so much. Lydi**
yes ... our memories, as well as each moment, are peppered with bias and selective hearing ;} ... i am terrible at irony but the sadness in this hits home ... when anchors of history pull loose the moorings we float away ... i am just really moved by this Lydia ... so many fall to one dementia or another .. love the convoy, virtual carloads, pixelated faces ... the honesty in
"then again perhaps some facts have been changed
to protect the innocent
or the guilty as the case may be" speaks to me ... but that missing piece is what really gets me .. that something missing that nags the soul ... hmmmmmmmm!
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Lydia

1 Month Ago

Indeed, my friend. Those missing pieces that are almost still there, but avoid our grasp are the on.. read more
'.. may be - impossible to piece together the memories - there's always at least one piece missing - i find myself smiling at the irony.. ' Don't we all, at times.

Seems, and forgive me, I missed this sad but wonderful writing, Lydi. Nostalgia is both gift and gravel: happiness recalled with open arms and heart; but grit-filled to the brim with pain coming from all directions. What dawned on us this past Christmas was from two and a half tables and twenty four chairs, we are now down to fourteen, briefly fifteen. But - big BUT, we still have to celebrate the coming together for its various reasons, sip a something remembering those feasting and samba-ing elsewhere then, find smiles lurking declarative in different ways person to person.

Ironic yes, we unite to remember those gone.. but.. Your writing really leaves its mark, as should fine words, thank you, dear lady.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Lydia

1 Month Ago

We do raise our glasses to remember the ones who used to sit at the table, but we can't quite rememb.. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Hard as granite to remember it all, Lydi, but think there comes a time when details need be scribble.. read more
"if nostalgia were a sentence
it would have to be declarative
stating information that may or may not be true"

~ This is such a beautiful and brilliant poem on nostalgia, dear Lydi...nostalgia, by way of its selective quality does erase or change certain, not so nice things to make the past seem more beautiful than it really was...Perhaps it is designed to make us feel better about our life thus far...and perhaps the missing pieces speak for themselves, by way of their absence...
Appreciated so much...

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

1 Month Ago

You are so right, Divya. I think we remember the sweet and forget the bitter. Thank you for your l.. read more
The moments that crowd so close on Christmas eve... words and life both. And each lives within the aftersmath... Yours contained life and irony ...and both tears and smiles I'm sure. I wish you and yours the best of wishes for this new year. Take care.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Lydia

1 Month Ago

Thanks so much, Chris. Happy healthy new year to you and those you care about. Be well. Lydi**
Lydi... Gifts and toys for the Holidays really
should be for children... and as they grow,
they will learn the nostalgia that lingers year
after year. Colors and candles that light our
festivities will soothe our memories and loss
will be in our hearts and soul. It is ironic that
"Merry" is not always the best word for the season.
Your poetry is set in a neighborhood of light and warmth
for bygone years and perhaps a few tears. truly, Pat


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

1 Month Ago

Thanks so much for the review, Pat. I wish you and Roger a very Happy New Year filled with good hea.. read more
The missing pieces. Always felt with more intensity at Christmas which is a time for friends and family. I had a nostalgia trip yesterday. Photographs posted on Facebook by the three children of my good friend Nicky who died 13 years ago aged 46, leaving three little ones behind. They were remembering their Mum at Christmas time. So delightful they were, remembering all our times together (we lived opposite) and what a hole that made when she passed away, and the family moved out of the area. My grandchildren living with me were really good friends with her kids as well. Bitter/sweet memories. Had me smiling through tears. You always write beautifully Lydi** and with great feeling.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

1 Month Ago

Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story, Chris. Yes, we do miss them more this time of year. Ma.. read more
Lydia, I felt every word of this poem. I’ve been going through old family pics, and this poem made me consider if the photos make the memories sweeter or more bitter. It obviously depends on what the photo captured. What we hold flat in our hands (or head) is often an incomplete picture of reality. I miss many in the photos and perhaps the nostalgia, but I don’t think I’d want to re-live the pain of those losses. Thanks for sharing this one. You’re poetry is always such a pleasure to read.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Lydia

1 Month Ago

Thanks so much, Ray. Your reviews are just wonderful. Yes, I think we miss those we lost more this.. read more
Beauitful and indeed ironic.
You know I've always said that nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Now this is not only ironic but it is very subtle as well. Something I shall take away with me and consider somewhat more.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

2 Months Ago

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be....indeed. Thanks so much for the review, Ken. Lydi**

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