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Camping is :

Tiny, angel faced, fuzzy headed, little girls with baggy pants, bowed legs, toddling about.

A Wet Minnie Mouse towel hanging on a makeshift clothesline,
alongside others with college logos's and Elvis ;

Fifty something year old women in skimpy, ill fitted bathing suits,
unaware that gravity has shifted when they were not looking ;

Noisy, gas, golf carts loaded with teenage boys,
looking for golf carts loaded with teenage girls ;

Pot bellied, old men looking at golf carts full of teenage girls...wistfully ;

A big swimming pool full of screaming kids, splashing and pushing
their very best pal under the water ;

Cooking aroma's wafting through the park at five o'clock each evening ;

Camp fires burning until dawn ;

Fat ladies eating huge piles of ice cream stacked on a cone, 
vowing to diet next week ;

a young couple with two babies renting a cheap, on-sight camper,
waiting for fancier digs, when they hit the lottery ; 

A young father, beer bottle in hand, pushing a child in a stroller round and 
round the park, until the baby falls asleep ;

Old men pulling into the park with rigs costing more than a house,
not to be out done by the guys that came before  them.


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  1. Date: 7/15/2010 4:57:00 AM
    And your observations of it are spot on and filled with wit and truth. I enjoyed this very much Gail and felt the commonality of the camp site. Nice write. tom

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 11:09:00 AM
    LOL Great write Gail.....Larry

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:34:00 PM
    Enjoyed this write tonight. Please check out my latest criminals part 3 when you have time.. ofcourse the story isn't true. Have a great day.

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:24:00 PM
    You see so much in this poem of what is going on around you. Enjoyed

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 4:32:00 PM
    Enjoyed this poetry here.. love your use of words and have a great day.

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 4:12:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry today Gail. I wish you the best always. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 1:52:00 PM
    You've captured the essence of camping very well here! Very warm and funny !

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 1:17:00 PM
    Some witty descriptions of camping in this poem, Gail. Really enjoyed the line about the 50-something aged women in their "ill-fitting" swimsuits. Saw some yesterday while canoeing and had to stifle my laughter. Fun poem! Love, Carolyn