Life Sentence

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A poem dedicated to my late wife ... of our meeting, our fifty six years together, and reflections on life and being alone.
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies - plus various friends and associates from years gone by.
Then, as time went by, my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning contracted dementia and, after a period of steady but inevitable deterioration, she passed away from its effects aged 85 - in June 2018.
I don't write much any more, but I did convert a short fictional love poem written earlier into a summary of it all - our meeting, our life together and my current state of mind ... in 200 words.
"Life Sentence" it's called. It's in the list below. Please feel free to read it, with my compliments.
L.J.

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Carl Sinderby reviewed on Oct. 19, 2016

Great creativeness, fellow poet.... bravo bravo. Interesting and enjoyable.
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Malcolm Torres reviewed on Oct. 9, 2016

This is really a beautiful poem. Interesting that the author calls it 'a love poem' because I felt that while reading, there is a great amount of love expressed. Also, I saw quite a bit in this poem about the creative process, the loss of innocence as we grow older, the price we pay for holding onto our youth. The multiple layers of meaning in this poem made it very enjoyable to read and reflect upon. Thank you for sharing.
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