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Bobcat Moon

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For my high school reunion group. The bobcat is our school mascot. Bobcat Moon is our group icon and is also the name of a racehorse raised by one of the members. A Bobcat Moon is commonly referred to as a harvest moon, or in Texas as a Comanche Moon. The full harvest moon appears larger and of a deeper color due to more refraction and light scattering because of its low position in the sky. Orange and blue are our school colors. One of our classmates was a American Jr. Rodeo Association Champion Barrel Racer. Our senior class president was on the bell team and rang the victory bell at football games when we scored or won a game. These two stand in for all the classmates we have lost over the years.

Girls often dressed up for the homecoming game and were given a chrysanthemum (mum) corsage by their date. In the late fifties an inexpensive "fur" coat made from straightened and dyed sheepskin called a "mouton" was often worn by girls wanting to look elegant.
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Bobcat Moon

She sits on the porch in a cool desert night
A bobcat stalks prey in the day's fading light
The moon looks like a big orange in the blue
Evoking old memories she thought she outgrew

Memories of nights of moutons and mums
High stepping half-times and booming bass drums
And homecoming dances that ended too soon 
Under West Texas stars and a big bobcat moon

He sits on the beach in an evening gulf breeze
An autumn vacation in the Florida keys
The moon looks like a big orange in the blue
And brings to his mind an old memory anew

The reunion that gathered together that year
Old friends and acquaintances scattered and near
To tell stories of glories till late afternoon
And share in the evening the big bobcat moon

We sit by the lakeside past sunset one time
The end of another communion sublime
The moon looks like a big orange in the blue
And summons a vision of friends we once knew

She flies round the barrel with her long ponytail
He yells and rings joy on the victory bell
We loved them and all those who left us too soon
We'll remember them well with the big bobcat moon

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  1. Date: 10/11/2014 5:12:00 PM
    A true gem my friend, fav'ing this and will post it at my political site noting your talent. I was awestruck at its message, flow and creativity!! Super 7 my friend but it deserves a Super 10!!!

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 10/12/2014 12:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, but are you sure it was this one? I don't see a political connection. Maybe "Kiss of the Eagle" or "Six Man Dance" which are kind of patriotic in a subtle way and were written about the same time. Thanks for the kind words, in any case, amigo.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 10:40:00 AM
    How very wonderful, we had what I thought were bobcat babies in my backyard the last day we moved out so I wondered at the title and this joyous time fits the title.

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 3/10/2014 11:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow, Sheri! You're really browsing in my basement! This poem was written for my 50th HS reunion coming up this fall. Cheers, Roy
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 5:04:00 PM
    Great poignant memories are here. Roy, It's amazing even after 60 yrs I can see all the sights associated with Friday night football. Makes this old wordsmith a little melancholy. Thanks for stirring up some great memories.... Jake

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 4/5/2013 6:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Jake. I suspect that you might be one of the few who even get the moutons and mums reference in the 2nd stanza. Cheers, Roy
  1. Date: 3/6/2013 8:19:00 AM
    Hi Roy--special write here, and all those memories--we'll never forget those times, we wish we can go back--and in poems like this we can!

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Roy congrats on your win...David

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 9:54:00 AM
    Roy, thank you for the nice and beautiful poem, many blessings with your wonderful win~ PD

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 3/3/2013 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Linda. I had another moon poem, but decided not to enter it as it had already won 1st place in a different contest. Didn't seem fair.
  1. Date: 2/9/2013 9:32:00 AM
    Put together very nicely. Powerful imagery scattered throughout. Thanks for your encouragement.

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 5:22:00 AM
    Great remembrance that you have penned..Enjoyed reading about your school and reunion..Sara