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Solemn Vow

June of 1945,
I had just turned ten.
My friend and I went fishing,
but I never will again!

That was 60 years ago,
I ain't been fishin' since!
I know just what you're thinkin',
that doesn't make much sense!

Well let me tell, what happened,
to my best friend, Mike and me.
Once you know the story,
I'll have your sympathy!

I never did like Fishin',
but Mike was keen, and so,
since him and I were best of friends,
I felt that I should go!

So off we went, to our fishin' hole,
the sun was hot and bright!
We stayed there, almost seven hours,
and never had a bite!

My older brother came along,
he said "How ya doin', guy?"
I said "we never even had a bite",
then I began to cry!

He asked me for my fishin' rod.
He cast the line into the lake!
Within five minutes he caught a fish,
It was more than I could take!

That day, I made a Solemn Vow!
Right then and there I swore,
"if I live to be 100,
I will never fish no more"!

So that's my best June memory,
there's nothing more to say!
Even though it's been a long, long time,
it's like it happened yesterday!


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  1. Date: 6/3/2012 7:25:00 AM
    Congrats on the win. You ain't missing much if you ask me. I never could catch a fish either. Mike

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 9:19:00 PM
    Some silent vows can go on for a lifetime Ralph, it must have been a profound memory, thank you for sharing and congrats hugs vie

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 9:00:00 PM
    RALPH, a wonderful congratulations in JOANN'S beautiful "Memories of June" contest~ :-) PD

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 6:04:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Ralph, with this funny childhood memory. Yes, you have my sympathy! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 5:00:00 PM
    Very funny, congradulations on your win. I'm with you. I never understood why people liked fishing. About thirty years ago my cousin begged me to go with him, so I relented. I did catch me a fish but when I got it of the hook it pee-ed on me and I said never again. I kept that promise and never missed it.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 9:48:00 AM
    A captivating write Ralph!Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:28:00 PM
    Ralph congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:02:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Memories of June" contest Ralph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 6:23:00 AM
    Lol! Big Brothers!! My June memory is fishing also. I really enjoyed reading this one. If you get a chance check out my, 'Slippery Lake Bridge'...another fishing memory of mine. I kept fishing however...My older brother and I went just yesterday afternoon! Ha!

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 10:32:00 AM
    Sad one..You probably was just fishing in too shallow of water because you were young and smaller..Enjoyed reading ..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 6:45:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in P.D.'s "SHHHH" contest Ralph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 3:05:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the "shhh" contest

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 9:32:00 PM
    Ralph ,,Congratulations for your awesome entry in my shh!! and poem of the week contest...thank you for supporting my contest. Have yourself a wonderful and enjoyable day :-) PD

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Ralph congrats on your win..david

  1. Date: 4/23/2012 3:48:00 PM
    Who could blame ya? Your not missin' much. The slime and all the smell. If that would've been my brother, I'd've told him to, well, you fill in the blank. :) Have a nice day!

  1. Date: 4/22/2012 7:04:00 PM
    This was great Ralph! I really enjoyed this fun story ...Samia

  1. Date: 4/21/2012 9:34:00 AM
    I feel like saying shame Ralph, but you told this story with your unique wit that you made me smile. I enjoyed your childhood memory.. all the best for Frank's contest ;) love Wilma

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 9:44:00 PM
    You probably got a sunburn though. I enjoyed your childhood story. Love, Joyce