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About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.


In the shadow of sunsetDusk embraces the nightLife moves from sight to sensesTrusting in what is known Daylight is forgivingAllowing night to flourishWhile in sanguine silence Embracing thoughts of dawn Time moves haltinglyWhile darkness remains stillForcing the surrenderOf our yesterdays

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Lost In The Fifties Tonight

To those of you that were intrigued enough to open this post, I thank you. I am sure some (most) of you have no conception of what the fifties were, beyond what your grandmother often sat there and smiled about. … Continue reading

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Dancing With Myself

As a boy, I spent a lot of time by myself. Not by choice, but because most of the kids in the neighborhood were older than I. I was willing to play with them, but the feeling was not mutual. … Continue reading

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Strut Your Stuff

I went to the pub the other night. Friday actually. I was there to celebrate St Pat’s day. Yes, I am of Irish descent. My great grandfather migrated to Boston from Londonderry in 1870 and became a naturalized citizen in … Continue reading

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We Had Music

When times were toughAnd jobs were scarceWhen life itself was in despairWe had music Nights at home, before TV, When there was not a thing to seeSounds and song would fill the airWe had music After dinner, radioListen to a … Continue reading

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Laughing At Life

I was going through some old file folders the other day. Some of them trophies of my old life. You know, when I was gainfully employed. Yes, that long ago which was exactly why I was going through the folders. … Continue reading

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We Are All A Little Irish

I have oft heard the phrase “Erin go Bragh” without having a clue what it meant beyond something a lot of people shouted on St Pat’s day. So I looked it up. It roots are in the Gaelic language meaning … Continue reading

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Looking vs Seeing

The first thing I do in the morning when I open my eyes is look at the clock. And I see it, because I am looking for a specific thing, and my clock provides it. However, after that, I am … Continue reading

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The In And Out Of It

So here I am. More accurately, here we are. Standing in a relatively new year. Thoughts of where we have been and where we are, co-mingled with our imagination for the future. I suspect, not unlike this time last year, … Continue reading

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Last year, I went to a balloon launch, where probably 25 or more hot air balloons, shortly after dawn, inflated and rose into the air. Some rose immediately while others needed a little more time to gain any height. And … Continue reading

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