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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 ©January 10, 2013 For my high school reunion group. The bobcat is our school mascot. In Texas, 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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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!!!
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Roy Jerden
Date: 10/12/2014 12:53:00 PM
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.
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.
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Roy Jerden
Date: 3/10/2014 11:09:00 AM
Wow, Sheri! You're really browsing in my basement! This poem was written for my 50th HS reunion coming up this fall. Cheers, Roy
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
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Roy Jerden
Date: 4/5/2013 6:50:00 AM
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
Date: 3/3/2013 3:10:00 PM
Roy congrats on your win...David
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Date: 3/3/2013 9:54:00 AM
Roy, thank you for the nice and beautiful poem, many blessings with your wonderful win~ PD
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Roy Jerden
Date: 3/3/2013 12:34:00 PM
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.
Date: 2/9/2013 9:32:00 AM
Put together very nicely. Powerful imagery scattered throughout. Thanks for your encouragement.
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Date: 1/12/2013 5:22:00 AM
Great remembrance that you have penned..Enjoyed reading about your school and reunion..Sara
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