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  109.     

Bewareb(Author Favorite)

She covets her pocketbooks and has no two alike,
And every month she goes to Belk's to buy a new one.
At 88, she still drives, with her huge sunglasses,
Making right turns like an 18-wheeler does.
She drives an average of 10 miles and hour,
Including stops when she remembers to she does.
Mom loves to attend all the social functions in town,
Especially the showers and weddings of the smitten young.
Armed with her pocketbook she'll sashay over to the buffet,
Fill her pocketbook with treasure, pigs-in-a-blankets,
Watercress and pimiento cheese sandwiches
All of which she'll eat later but she never does.
She always told me she grew up in the depression,
and a responsible mother would never turn down food.
They all harden and calcify like the plaque in her arteries,
Acquiescent to the fact, I empty her pocketbooks weekly.
'Mom, when are you going to quit driving I asked? '
'Oh about the same time that they quit having weddings and luncheons! '
 
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  110.     

bExtraordinary

Extraordinary men and women
Reveal themselves in time
Like fine wine only waiting
A succulence how sublime
Introverted or yet unknown
As calling of time demands
Rising in glory they are known
Most courageous and braven
Sifting through life like sand
Until their beckoned calling
All the times they fervently face
These few, the extraordinary
Shall we always forever embrace

{Dedicated to those who give the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and way of life}
 
Barry A. Lanier
   
 

   
   
 

  111.     

bFair Maiden With No Shoes

A fair maiden she was
Though having no shoes
Her freckles and red hair
One day I would choose

To love her every minute
Every day of the week
Each day more beautiful
More than words could speak

Though she had no shoes
Didn't matter it seems
For it was also of shoes
That often I dreamed

I walked her to school
Stealing those moments so true
We both knew how we felt
Didn't know what to do

Others jeered and poked fun
Because we were poor
Never knowing our love
For all time would endur

The fair maiden grew up
A lovely women with shoes
Blonde hair and blue eyes
The freckles she'd lose

Loving her each minute
Every day of the week
Each day more beautiful
More than words could speak

Then came along more maidens
With freckles and red hair
Two, three, four, then five
Yes they were everywhere

We'd then send them to school
New dresses and fine shoes
Telling them stories at supper
Of when we paid their dues
 
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  112.     

bFencerows (Sentimental Favorite)

Only gaps in tangled fencerows,
Where pomegranates stood eighty years.
Gentle potholes laying monument,
Where heartpine posts stood firm.

Remorse..the bitter tears I cry!
Why have all my fencerows,
Gone, and passed my by?

Bumper crops of blackberries lived then fell,
Fat scuppernongs glistened, plump in my pail.
Where fragrant honeysuckles, mingled then scattered,
Now nights evening mists, find nowhere to gather.

Remorse..the bitter tears I cry!
Why have all my fencerows,
Gone, and passed me by?

Purple wisteria, carefully draping rusty fences,
Among the pause and flare, of early morning crickets.
Covey after covey, nature's Southern Bobwhite quail,
Their sanctuary and abode where every tree fell.

Remorse..the bitter tears I cry!
Why have all my fencerows,
Gone, and passed me by?

Southern geese land, leaving prints in the snow,
Leaving only traces of passage, where did they go?
Such are my fencerows, now they're all gone!
Like a time-worn woodcutter, time to go home.
 
Barry A. Lanier
   
 
 
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