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No Picnic for Buddy Bear

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No Picnic for Buddy Bear

Look at my Buddy Bear. 
Missing an eye, still has his grin,
he has his grandpa’s hair
with bare spots on his head and chin.
Bud heard my ev’ry prayer.
He’s been to ev’ry place I’ve been.

For my gramps Bud was named.
At church, we three sat side by side; 
I took him unashamed.
The notes we sang were sour; we tried;
no music skill we claimed.
A bass, Granbuddy sang with pride.

One cool night we all slept
in Cousin Eddie’s big backyard.
The wind grew strong.  It swept
our tent and blew the fire off guard.
We all were fine except... 
my Buddy's head was somewhat charred.

Granbud took my teddy
saying Gramma could make repairs.
I overheard Eddie
say only children play with bears.
I was almost ready
to sock it to him unawares.

I walked away from there
and never asked for Bud again.
Don’t think I didn’t care.
I guess it boiled down to chagrin
not wanting folks to stare
at big boy with a teddy friend.

I’d watched them put my guy
in a drawer in their chifferobe.
Only once did I spy
to take the quickest peek and probe
for a loose button eye
I’ve carried with me 'round the globe.


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  1. Date: 1/30/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Well seems both our poems made it to the winning list...even with the small likenesses... Congrats on a well deserved placement !!! Still love the poem !!

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 9:37:00 AM
    I like this one a lot. One of the best. congratulations Reason. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:20:00 AM

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 11:09:00 PM
    love this story, congrats on your win in the contest Reason

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 9:41:00 PM
    Reason A, Congratulations :-) on a cuddly interesting childhood thought and poem. Enjoyed your "Teddy Bear Picnic" winning poem in SandI's contest, ~Always* PD

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 9:22:00 PM
    thank you' SandyIvy

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 5:11:00 AM
    Well done! I enjoyed this trip you took me on. Thanks for alerting me to line 4 of my Limerick sometimes my spellcheck ads words I didn't write.

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 2:16:00 PM
    I actually wrote my Teddy Bear poem after reading another poets poem...though mine was true also. It does sit on the closet shelf in the spare room. I see how similiar they are...and perhaps I should not have entered mine since it is. Know please, I was not copying your words....I'd not do that !! I guess you'll have to take my word for it..

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    Date: 1/13/2013 2:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think I need a nap lol Please ignore all of this lol
    Squyres Avatar Debra Squyres
    Date: 1/13/2013 2:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, I'm was after reading another poets Teddy Bear poem ...ohhh darn it...apologies for this post and I don't know how to remove it lol My memory grows shorter and shorter over the years !!
  1. Date: 1/12/2013 2:25:00 PM
    ohhh...this is just so darling and sweet. Wish I could remember a childhood toy. Instead I wrote mine on my Son's childhood bear. Your's carries such sweet memories. Makes me wonder if it still sits in the chifforobe....Great entry !! This will be a hard contest to judge, for I've oooooo'd and ahhhhh'd over all of them myself...It's a winner !!