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The Nightingale


I listened to a sweet
big band sound that
still makes my heart

sing—The Nightingale
Sang 
in Berkeley Square.
I listened as though I was

there in 1940. I wasn’t.
When those who are
supposed to love and

protect you don’t, you
fill the gap by loving
something they loved

instead. They are long
gone. But the nightingale
will always sing for me.

Categories: Poetry

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alslaff

Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)

I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)

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