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My Family Tree

Explorin' the branches of the family tree can be rather dicey.
Some ancestors could be famous, humdrum er downright spicy!
With bated breath I decided to take the risk and check around.
I wasn't all that enthralled about some of the dudes that I found!

Seems that in the distant past a member of my family strain,
Was a notorious pirate maraudin' the boundless Spanish Main!
Another was a nefarious cattle rustler ever on the vamoose,
'Til a posse tracked him down and left him danglin' from a noose!

One forebear, a scoundrel who specialized in robbin' trains,
Was ensconced fer life in a cozy cell, detained in clankin' chains!
A rowdy ancestor caused a ruckus in a Cripple Creek saloon;
The high sheriff done him in one fateful August afternoon!

My lineage included a business lady of whom I proudly spoke,
'Til it was revealed she was a soiled dove, dismayin' this poor bloke!
My great-grandpa was caught dispensin' jugs of potent 'shine!
Revenooers busted him resultin' in a term in jail and a hefty fine!

A distant uncle was a goon in a notorious gangster mob.
He met his Maker heistin' a bank they were tryin' to rob!
I proffered a prayer as I examined my tragic family tree:
"Lord, may a sturdy twig adorn this tree and let it begin with me!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Entry for Judy Konos' "Relatives" Contest

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  1. Date: 11/3/2014 5:33:00 PM
    This was a hoot, Bob! I'm sure you'll be a sturdy branch, full of leaves and birdhouses. You know I used to go on Ancestry quite a bit and found out that I was related to an Indian chief named Cornfield. I went even farther back - clear to the 1200s - and found that my family name goes clear back to a lineage of knights! Not sure how accurate that is, but it makes for an interesting story.

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:40:00 AM
    Very interesting theme and nice take on it. congrats on the win, bob

  1. Date: 2/8/2014 11:11:00 AM
    I know you'e just kidding us. You obviously came from sturdy stock. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/8/2014 9:33:00 AM
    I see you cranked out a new one for this contest, Robert (one of the few). I think we might be related, based on the colorful ancestry in your poem. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 2/7/2014 12:01:00 AM
    You've done it bob h , congrats on your winning with this unbeatable work,I read,read and re-read; Robert you are too much.

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 2:24:00 PM
    robert, what a saga filled with your unique brand of humor... good thing you are sane, hahah!.. much enjoyed!.. huggs

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Hi Robert great write for the contest love your wit, but of course the good twig is you my friend, all the best Poetowen

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 9:28:00 PM
    Everybody on the soup seems to be chatting about your family tree, Bob - had to come see it for myself. Another good one from your sturdy twig, indeed! Of course, the regular malefactors suffer terrible fates - the other kind end up in Washington! Enjoyed, John

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 6:36:00 PM
    I kinda wish this were true! How another gem...BG

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 5:53:00 PM
    Haha, I love this one, Bob. It may - start with you :) Sure it was spicy and out there but it is not uninteresting. Funny write :))

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 5:03:00 PM
    ha! i love your sense of humor, bob, and in this poem, it absolutely sparkles! i so enjoyed this one...

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 2:56:00 PM
    lol, thanks for another good chuckle here, Bob. Glad to hear you're both well : )

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 12:25:00 PM
    Wow! You're lucky to be here! One of mine was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Some were slave owners. 3 tried to join the Confederate army, but Union soldiers captured 'em 3 times and sent 'em home. The last time they stayed home or their land would be confiscated. Not so good! One journeys to the Oklahoma Badlands as a surveyor. Maybe he met one of your ancestors. He only stayed two years and came back home... One was shot down by the Japs 3 times in the ocean in WW2 and lived!