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“Reminiscing”: An Atria Resident Poem

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

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Meet Atria Plainview resident Paul S. The 98-year-old runs memoirs, creative writing and poetry classes at the community! He is pictured here with his amazing wife, Ruth.


I have a secret buried deep down inside…

And nobody knows it but me.

My life flowed like a river…so deep and so wide…

And nobody knows it but me.

Yesterday’s dreams seem to linger and linger

Of when I was young, barefoot and free…

Yet I look back and sigh…but the years still speed by…

And nobody knows it but me.

My mind travels back thru days sweet and sublime…

And nobody knows it but me.

I pause and reflect thru space and thru time…

And nobody knows it but me.

I dream now and then and recall once again

All the promises that were destined to be…

They’re still on my mind…all those memories left behind…

And nobody knows it but me.

I’ve gone thru the dusk of my twilight years…

And nobody knows it but me.

I reminisce time and again without fright…without fear…

And nobody knows it but me.

Grateful for living my life until now…

When the best things in life were free…

My deep secret then…is to live over and over again

At Atria …where nothing ever seems to grow old.

– Paul S., Atria Plainview resident

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  • Diane Ritzow says:

    Paul… your poetry is lovely. Thank you for your contribution ! Keep up the good work !

  • Pat M. says:

    Paul, Im so happy to see this on here. I loved it when you read it to me with such feeling..Keep on writing, it inspires everyone. Thank you for sharing.