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...for Larry and Mary

Sun's a risin', critters stretchin,'
trailer park's a comin' to,
on my way to Mickey D's
for coffee, boy, I'm missin' you!
Papers puddlin' in the driveways,
guess we had a storm or two,
belly's grumblin', heart's a yearnin',
crusty-eyed and feelin' blue.

Windows leakin', curtains drippin',
we are sure not weather-tight,
walkin' stiffly 'til I'm supple,
cravin' you with all my might.
Passing by a yellow homestead,
Mary beckons me inside,
coffee with a neighbour sure beats
'have a nice day,' as your guide.

Larry's tendin' to the cats, I swear 
he loves 'em like they's kin,
three are heathy, full of mischief,
fourth one needs some doctorin'.
Not only coffee, but some bacon,
hashed browns and a mess o' eggs,
community, and gracious livin'
set this boy back on his legs.

She won't let me leave without
a great big hug, a kiss, a treat,
and a pack of cigs from Larry
make my gloomy day replete!
I'm still longin' for my sweetheart,
phantom kisses, hugs and such,
but with this couple's downhome carin'
it don't seem to hurt as much.

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:04:00 PM
    A sweet home spun tale, Keith. I like this one, completely different from the other I just read, but just as interesting. Don't you enjoy doing different kinds of poems to fit the mood and the topic? Sure would like neighbors like these!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 3:02:00 PM
    wow you gotta invite me for breakfast,lol,great write Keith love it

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 2:44:00 PM
    Love the picture this poem creates. Nice to have folks who share and invite you in for a coffee and make your day. Enjoyed this creative write. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 12:46:00 PM
    Your exceptional when you write, this is no exception, enjoyed your poem Keith, hugs vie

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Lucky you to have such folks to depend on..I like the way this flows and the rhymes are great. BG