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Johnny's Just an American Guy

Johnny's just an American guy a young American guy who wonders why People sometimes look at him funny though it's nothing to do with love or money Johnny, you see, is a medical rarity though he seeks neither favors nor charity It seems that his skin color's subject to change as Earth's two orbs through the sky roam and range At three stars, he starts turning dark as ocean's deep but as the sun rises, Johnny's skin wakes up from its sleep First it turns tan, then olive, then beige, almost white He can even get sunburned in the bright noonday light. In the park after dark, Johnny's an African American But on the road at mid-day, he's a smiling Irishman Folks who spot Johnny at each of these places wonder if it's Johnny or they who mixed up his race Johnny himself can't understand what's so confusing he enjoys the changes, even finds them amusing Why can't folks see that I'm like autumn's leaves on fruit trees ~ ponders the American guy named 'J. Appleseed'

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Date: 11/1/2021 10:23:00 AM
This should have been POTD for sure!
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Date: 11/1/2021 6:07:00 PM
It would have been POTD if I had just eliminated all the 'secret code words' for 'Hi, it's Donald Trump. Miss me yet?' lol. Thanks, Caren
Date: 10/30/2021 9:04:00 PM
Bravo!...Standing Ovation! Your talent knows no bounds. ~ Debbie
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/1/2021 6:06:00 PM
Debra, if I paid you, I wouldn't expect such generous evaluations. Thank you so much. Appreciation and Gratitude, gw
Date: 10/29/2021 12:20:00 PM
Never heard of him so Google told me lol. Doesn't matter what colour a man's skin is, it's what's under it that counts. Tom
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Date: 10/29/2021 12:17:00 PM
Gershon this is such a wonderful poem. You have said so much that could be, should be, and often is the landscape of America. Even if some people refuse to notice. Great write!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 10/30/2021 8:56:00 PM
Ken, I appreciate your generous evaluation of this one. Let us hope that Americans will wake up to the perils of the 'Woke Ones.' Happy Sunday to you, Gershon
Date: 10/29/2021 11:47:00 AM
After "Roots" "No Irish Need Apply" it is clear the USA needs more sowing! Well done, Gershon!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 10/29/2021 1:52:00 PM
Ha, ha, ha, ha! I guess that even applies to Chicago, now that the Daley - Byrne - Daley era is finally over. Happy weekend, Rico. :) gw
Date: 10/29/2021 11:22:00 AM
Wonderfully done Gershon. You created such an intriguing riddle from top to bottom only to be solved in your last line about John Chapman. We have friends who are direct descendants of Johnny Appleseed. I love this write. Thanks for bringing this special, selfless, ordinary American, back to the forefront. We need his example more than ever right now. Sending you blessings of crisp apples and apple cider!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 10/29/2021 1:51:00 PM
Sam, thanks for the enthusiasm and the blessings. May you be blessed with autumnal warmth and peace. ~ Gershon
Date: 10/29/2021 10:36:00 AM
Gershon, this is a remarkable poem, rich with metaphor and interesting images. A FAVE for me. Thanks for writing this. Good stuff!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 10/29/2021 10:41:00 AM
Milt, it's always an honor for me to receive a FAVE, and esp. from a discerning fellow-poet and adventurer like you. Deeply appreciated, and have a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much, Gershon