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The Ballad of Villonia Beebe, Part 1

When Villonia Beebe was a baby of three,
She got it in her head to trim the Christmas tree.
She lit all the pretty candles,
Tossed the lighter away,
Dad and mother, sister, brother
Never saw Christmas Day.

Nine years went by, she bloomed, and when Villonia was twelve,
She got a yen for French and Greek and so decided to delve.
When her language teachers asked her 
What she wanted to do,
Villonia taught those profs some things
The French and Greeks never knew.

She went "around the world" with lots of guys, but at age thirty-two
She thought to get herself a steady man was what she should do.
She tried out Toms, and Dicks, and Harrys,
And then settled, in due course,
For a handsome hunk named Homer,
Dumb but hung like a horse.

They lived as wife and husband then for sixty-four years,
A life of trials and tribulations, lots of laughter, lots of tears.
Homer made and sold corn "likker"
From a still up in the hills,
And she sometimes turned a trick or two
Just to help pay the bills.

The lovebirds made their minds up when they turned ninety-five
That they would live to be the oldest couple alive.
But time and sex and destiny
Tend to play funny tricks,
Hunky Homer kicked the bucket
At a neat ninety-six.

Villonia's all alone again like when she was three,
She's outlived every one of her friends and family.
As she sits and sips and waits her turn,
One reflection seems to calm her,
When she's found she'll be so full of 'shine,
They won't bother to embalm her.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 2/17/2018 11:54:00 AM
WoW! Jim, You no how to tell a good story and held my attention from start to finish. Villonia and Homer had one "heck " of a life. I look forward to read part two:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/17/2018 2:16:00 PM
Thanks, Alexis. It helps if the teller has a good story to tell. Villonia's is just that, I think. But, of course, I'm a bit prejudiced.
Date: 2/3/2018 3:50:00 PM
i love the way you tell a story, jim, and am looking forward to reading more. very entertaining!
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Date: 2/3/2018 3:56:00 PM
Thank you, Ilene. When I started this, all I had was the name...which I found, and still find, completely intriguing...and had no idea what to do with it. Then Villonia took over and sort of guided me along. It's her life story in the three parts, I just played along.
Date: 2/3/2018 3:34:00 PM
what a fabulous tale you wove Jim It sure made me chuckle - can't wait for the next installments:-) hugs jan xx
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 2/3/2018 3:45:00 PM
Jan, thanks. They're coming.
Date: 2/3/2018 2:41:00 PM
Great stand-alone Part 1 of your ballad series. I'll be looking for others to follow. You created quite a character, can't imagine what will be next? Excellent narrative.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 2/3/2018 3:24:00 PM
Thank you very much. I, myself, would like to see Villonia in a story, a novel, or even a play...someday. There are two more parts to her poetic saga, so that will have to suffice...for now.