Way Back When

Empty Arena

There’s no one cheering anymore,
All the applause has died;
Here in this grand abandoned place
Anamneses abide

I walk the field of glory,
With my memories in tow;
And soak in spectral accolades
From long, long years ago

Loud kudos to the conquering ones!
They shout for all their worth —
The days when we were champions
True giants of
The earth

2 thoughts on “Way Back When

  1. I enjoy having to look up interesting words.
    The plural of “anamnesis” makes this poem even better.
    I wondered – did you mean “recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence…
    or: Platonic recollection of Ideas which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning,
    or: a prayer in a Eucharistic service, recalling the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ.
    [I like all three at once!]

    “…Soak in spectral accolades” is a hauntingly good line.

    1. I was using the first two; I like the Platonic element particularly since the stadium depicted is in Greece. I was not familiar with the third usage but it makes for an interesting reading.

      Thank you for taking time to comment.

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