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This poems title is partly taken from an old Tom T. Hall song entitled "OLD DOGS, CHILDREN, AND WATERMELON WINE". I first heard it years ago and it still echoes throughout my life. 

Old Dogs and Children**

Woke up
always a plus.
Took care of business.
Found my teeth -
a must.
Brushed them…..off.
Made coffee
meditated on its scent
and promise.
Met the dog at the door
(no explanation necessary)
Made breakfast for two.
Exchanged greetings
grumps, grunts and
hugs with wife,
confidante and lover
(all at the same time)
Thought about-
-cutting the grass
-washing the truck
-bathing the dog
-planting some flowers
-colonizing the moon
Woke up - refreshed
Didn’t do any of the above.
Visited five month old granddaughter
-changed diapers
-pushed carriage
-sang songs
-Grandma fed her
-changed diapers
-played on floor(with baby)
-stayed on floor(to recover)
Returned home
Made coffee
meditated on its scent
and promise.
Met the dog – again.
Shared a quiet(?) supper.
Exchanged good nights
grumps, grunts and
hugs with wife,
confidante and lover.


John G. Lawless
5/15/2015

**with apologies to Tom T. Hall
Song title “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine


submitted to – Today I Accomplished – Poetry Contest
sponsor – Sara Kendrick

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 5/26/2015 1:26:00 PM
Such a great list poem, John. Wonderful take on the subject, and congratulations on your fine win! Sandra
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Date: 12/11/2015 5:57:00 PM
A apologetic - better late than never---thank you ....this slipped off the radar
Date: 5/24/2015 8:10:00 PM
Hi John.. I enjoyed your take on the theme for Sara's Contest.. Congrats on your first place win! Hope you get to have a relaxed Memorial Day!
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Date: 12/11/2015 5:56:00 PM
Dave....a very belated....long overdue even...thank you for commenting on this long ago post....
Date: 5/24/2015 3:38:00 PM
John:) Congratulations, on your sweet win. Love LINDA
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Date: 12/11/2015 5:56:00 PM
A very belated thank you...
Date: 5/23/2015 10:17:00 AM
This one struck me. It shows that life is a joy , a complexity and an acceptance of the mundane as part of how we can see the exceptional and blessed gifts life offers. A7 and a very fine one to read this morn my friend..
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:48:00 AM
Thanks Robert, I often find a beauty in the trivial, the mundane, the day to day monotony of life and find it our job to raise it to meaningfulness. Appreciate your support and high marks.
Date: 5/22/2015 8:37:00 AM
Got a chuckle in this unique winner..I enjoyed reading your entry in my contest..Congrats..Sara
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Date: 5/22/2015 9:41:00 AM
Sara thanks for your time and energy in sponsoring the contest. I like to let the muse color outside the lines....occasionally the little bugger runs right off the page....
Date: 5/21/2015 8:12:00 PM
Great list poem, John! Your first line reminds me of what my grandfather would say when I called him. Congrats on your win! Love, Kim
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Date: 5/22/2015 9:42:00 AM
Thanks Kim for your comment and support
Date: 5/21/2015 6:46:00 PM
John, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win! Forever *SKAT*
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Date: 5/22/2015 9:42:00 AM
Thank you again SKAT for your continued support
Date: 5/21/2015 3:57:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, to a very busy day.Granddaughters always come first Hugs eve
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Date: 5/22/2015 9:43:00 AM
Yeah, Eve, I often wonder what happened to all the "free time" I'd have when I got older....hahahahaha
Date: 5/21/2015 12:19:00 PM
made me smile - congrats on your win:-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/22/2015 9:43:00 AM
Thank you Jan. It is good to make poets smile....
Date: 5/15/2015 9:47:00 AM
A remembered song from childhood , love it . Love how babies keep our priorities in check ( prob only time in our lives we are in true balance ) "smelling the roses" and such .... Love this entry to the contest !! Good luck ! 7 enjoyed this write John .... Bev :)
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Date: 5/15/2015 10:22:00 AM
Thanks Bev, I had fun living it and writing it.