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A Christmas Dinner

Our new minister was very young.
His bride was even younger.
My daddy said they looked to be
Just one short step from hunger.

My mama was the best cook
In the whole wide countryside.
She felt sorry for the preacher
And his timid little bride.

My mama had been canning fruits
Since the first weeks of September,
And baking pies and cakes and such
Since early in December.

She invited the young couple 
To come for Christmas dinner.
You should have seen his eyes light up.
He knew he had a winner.

I always sat by Daddy
Who took good care of my plate.
He gave me the choicest pieces
And cut it up before I ate.

I was really mad at Mama
When she put the preacher's wife,
Beside my daddy, in my place,
Where I'd sat all my life.

I saw him fill her plate up
As the good food came around.
The young bride sat there smiling
And she didn't make a sound.

And then my mama noticed
When he was cutting up her meat.
She said, "You needn't do that, Joe."
Her voice was soft and sweet.

My daddy looked at Mama
To hear better what she said
Then down at his table neighbor.
I could see his face turn red.

She said, "Thank you, Mr. Armey
For treating me so well."
What Mama said to Daddy later,
I am not free to tell.


For Contest "A Christmas Dinner,"   Humerous

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 5:26:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 5:23:00 AM
    Good morning, Joyce ,, A nice warm congratulations for the very nice win in Francine's "Christmas Dinner with Humor" Wishing you the best holidays to come. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Love~LINDA

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 2:00:00 PM
    Wonderful and funny piece,Joyce...I love this...Congrats on your superb win....

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 4:58:00 PM
    oh yes, I do remember this one. Awesome to see it on the winners list. Congrats, JOyce and I hope you are very well this season.

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 2:53:00 PM
    Congrats Joyce I enjoyed your poem!

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 10:41:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce love, a superb win xx

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 4:28:00 AM
    congrats on a great win Joyce

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 1:31:00 AM
    lol..... Loved this :-) Congratulations on your win, Joyce. Love, Su

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 6:30:00 PM
    congrats on your sixth place win Joyce with this funny tale

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Cute. I liked it.

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 4:07:00 PM
    hahaha. DAddy was having some fun at the table! very cute tale and realistic as well.

    Johnson Avatar Joyce Johnson
    Date: 12/5/2012 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh no! I hope I made it clearer than that. Daddy was just so used to taking care of me that he did it automatically. Joyce
  1. Date: 12/5/2012 10:21:00 AM
    Joyce a very well told story, I like it a lot...David

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 7:50:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading this one..Heard a similar story before but enjoyed reading it again..Very creative use of this one for the contest..Winner for sure..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 7:12:00 AM
    Joyce I really loved this piece. It put a smile on my face and a laugh in my breath as your story unfolded. A great poetic storyteller you are. This sounds like a win to me. Warm smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 6:49:00 AM
    Lol, your Daddy was in a dog house! Sweet story. So cute, Joyce. Love it.

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 9:33:00 PM
    what an awesome share Joyce..really enjoyed your Christmas dinner..thanks you for nice share..and congratulation for the Contest :) <3<3<3 SK