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Well, I Declare

Well I declare...the days are growing shorter
And this day was just as warm as was July.
Heat makes me lazy and the time just slipped away.
Woe is me...but the whole day flitted by.

Well, golly gee, with pears and apples falling,
It's time to get my canning kettle out.
The wildlife will come calling if fruit is on the ground.
There are some pests that I don't want about.

The raccoon got my grapes this last October.
I'm trying to keep some of them this year.
I saved them from the birds, but the raccoons came in herds.
And all that I could harvest was a tear.

Pear butter, apple sauce and Concord grape jam,
Would look so pretty on my shelves in wintertime.
The way I like jam most is on my sourdough toast,
To nibble on when I'm thinking up a rhyme.

Oh, foolish me, the football game is starting.
I will have to put my canning jars away.
We've waited many a year for a football team to cheer.
I am sure the fruit can wait another day.




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  1. Date: 9/14/2014 8:16:00 PM

    Hi Joyce, Very cute. Very funny. Nice seasonal touch and images. Congratulations on a fine win. Take care. Earl
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 9:26:00 PM

    Oh, yes I love your funny declaration, Joyce. congrats
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 7:59:00 PM

    leave the work and sit and relax ... the canning will still be there when the game is over - love the humour here:-) Hugs Jan xxx
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 3:55:00 PM

    Yes my dear the canning can wait, go cheer d'em players, congrats on your win xxx
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 11:30:00 AM

    And back again wid huge congrats Joyce on ur sweet winning write!
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 11:09:00 AM

    Congratulations :) Love and prayers and God bless you and your jams and jellies :) Love, Gina
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 10:51:00 AM

    Stopping back to congratulate you for winning with this great poem.
  1. Date: 9/13/2014 9:08:00 AM

    Thank You for entering my contest.
  1. Date: 9/11/2014 8:50:00 PM

    Sounds so much like me it's scary. I just love ,to nibble on when I'm thinking up a rhyme. So well done Joyce.
  1. Date: 9/8/2014 6:26:00 PM

    really most enjoyable read beautifully written joyce
  1. Date: 9/8/2014 5:01:00 PM

    GREAT WEll I Declare poem, Joyce. You are a busy little beaver at the end of summer. You even like football games?? Loved the line about raccoons coming in herds. that would be fun to see.
  1. Date: 9/8/2014 11:45:00 AM

    Very sweet declarations Joyce! Love ur write much! Good luck!
  1. Date: 9/8/2014 9:08:00 AM

    Joyce- I thoroughly enjoyed this little ditty-great rhyming. :-)