#DayofSelfExpression June 3, 2017 – Lombardy Way

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There is a creative genius inside all of us.

Whether you are an writer by nature or a writer by necessity spending some time in creative expression each week is important. We at Exploring Expression want to celebrate the muse that lives in us all. Thus The Day of Self Expression was born.

What is the #DayofSelfExpression

Each week we feature a piece of creative writing by ourselves and others who want to use our site as an outlet for their inspirations. We want to publish a variety of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. stand-alone work and excerpts from a longer pieces. Our goal is to explore expression, from every angle and every dimension.

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#DayofSelfExpression Journal Prompt

At some point in their lives nearly everyone will lose someone or something important to them. Greving when this happens is a healthy and natural reaction. However if grief overwhelms you life can take on a much darker tone. You may begin to feel hopeless, helpless or worthless. If this occurs it is important that you seek the advice of a medical professional.

If you are currently in distress or contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Journal Assignment:

Did you ever loose someone special? How did that make you feel?

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Today on #DayofSelfExpression

Today’s Feature is a poem about loss written by Hugh Honea. Hugh is from, Hapeville Georgia, a dirty little town on the south side of Atlanta. He has been writing since he was in my 20’s but never had the time to be serious about it until four years ago. He has two novels in the works. One is a murder mystery, which takes place in a small town, during the 1950’s. The other is set in the early 1930’s,during the Great Depression and is about a poor family living in a cotton mill village.

This poem is titled, ” Lombardy Way,” Hugh has also written a short story named “Eighteen Lombardy” about the same girl mentioned in the poem.

Incidentally, there really is a Lombardy Way Street in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 60’s it was lined with magnificent old homes, built in 1800’s, which had been turned into apartment houses.


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Lombardy Way

I walk the lonely city streets in the slowly falling rain.

And think about a girl I met but never knew her name.

She lived in an old apartment house on Lombardy Way.

Where people laugh and sing all night and sleep all through the day.

We lived and loved together and she made me feel so free.

She taught me how to live again and made a better person out of me.

But soon summer was gone and autumn leaves fail and there was no more blue sky.

The girl grew sick, her pretty smile faded and soon she was to die.

Now I walk the lonely street down Lombardy Way.

And I’m so sad and lonely but I’ll join her again today.

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