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It's My Memory...

The midnight oil lights my night
It tries to show the way
But my eyes grow dim and my sight
Doesn't see like yesterday

Oh woe is me, I wish for strength
Like I had in youth
The nights grow longer in their length
The days more short on truth

The lies we tell unto ourselves
Ever to keep us calm
Rely on memories from the shelves
Applied to our souls as balm

Different memories I have got
Of those friends so long ago
But I'm alive and they are not
They can't say it isn't so

So take each tale with some salt
A grain or two is fine
Really man, it was his fault
It certainly wasn't mine

Now, when I tell you tales of yore
It will be of folk gone by
Stories yeah; I've got more
And I'll tell them 'till I die

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having gathered most of good poetry ingredients...
I'd choose the stanza with "Different memories...." if I have to choose my favorite.
Just stumbled with the flow of the stanza before the last... Who is that you blame am not sure.
Other than that, nothing but lots of appreciation

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to show the old adage of taking a tale with a grain of salt. Have you never heard it? "You can take this with a grain of salt."
Implying that there may be a difference of opinion. ~ Geezer.
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For the clarification. Never used the expression though surely have heard of it.

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Hello Geezer, memories, this has a beautiful rhyming pattern. I think the last stanza is my favourite.

Thank you...Teddy

Glad you like it. In my circles, I'm known for having a story for every occasion. I love to entertain and as long as I can still talk, I guess I will be telling tales.
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what if you used will not keep up instead of can't just a suggestion
ery nice writing here

Let your mercy spill on all those
burning hearts in hell( L.Cohen)

the line to read better. Thanks. ~ Geezer.
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you wrote a very nice poem, but--here it comes. V4, L2, do you really mean to say, "Of those long days ago?" It seems that the sentence order may be out of order. Presently the reference is to long days, whereas you meant "days in the distant past?" How about OF THOSE DAYS LONG AGO? Makes sense? No? Okaydookey, lol. Jerry

for catching that Jerry. Fixed!

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Love it, Gee, only one or two tweaks, I think. I agree with Jerry about "of those days long ago". I wish I could listen to your tales. Will there be no story section here?
Great rhyming and a perfect subject. We all need storytelling these days.

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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Plac’d on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great….

An Essay On Man, III, Alexander Pope.

are told in rhyme. There are a few little tales telling stories about things that are basically true. The story of "What If The Rabbit Is Ugly; the one story that I have posted here, is pretty much how I remember it. Other true stories written in rhyme are: Summer of Ten, Mrs. Moore Gave More and Steve McQueen. Hope you enjoy whatever you choose to read. ~ Geezer.
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