The Haystack Store: A Poem for an Old Friend

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The Haystack Store

A Poem For an Old Friend


My friend you stayed on Costa Rican Beach

the coast is richer with your every meal

where fishermen find fish at end of reel

your old home finally out of your reach.

In dense foliage you find place to hide

to talk with Spider Monkeys from treetops

and contemplate this Spring, these many crops

and how your meal planning will be applied.

You have a gift when it comes to our food

this gift you shared upon our desert sand

to give yourself to ensure we were fed.

With delicacies to alter a mood,

brought smiles, upon the faces of this land

and now in Costa Rica you are wed.


A long-standing stable democracy

holds a highly educated work-force

that understands a wise progressive course

avoiding evils of autocracy.

You stand amongst a tribe of newfound friends

somewhere on your tropical paradise

where big cats roam and Tapir seem real nice

the place you settled to contemplate ends.

I pray the world holds you as if a child

to care for you as you cared for my own

return to love within your tropic home.

You dedicated so much through the wild

adolescence that you have now outgrown

I hope you find your place where you now roam.


Your yard provides the coffee I enjoy

from coffee Baron’s hidden within time

the caffeine necessary for this rhyme

do you remember Eli as baby?

Or when we shared our cups of joe in shade

on camping chairs surrounded by children.

We would share our stories of where we’ve been

and what spectacular meals have been made.

So what is the theme of your next event

your delicate hands as you frost a cake

our friendship beyond these chocolate Bon Bons.

Whether you’re on a beach or in a tent

or organizing community bake

no more worries about suburban lawns.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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