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My dad loved big cars and had a dark green Ford LTD,
it was a giant beast of a car with a huge lazy engine;
we called it, "the house on wheels," and gosh it was smooth,
like floating and drifting along peacefully on a tranquil lake.

It was the biggest and most flamboyant of the Ford cars,
bedecked with chrome on the front and a hood ornament;
and it was long, real long-   two hundred and fourteen inches,
I said, "we turn a corner and five minutes later the car turns."

That car was dad's pride and joy-   he washed and polished it,
almost everyday and it gleamed in the sun-  it was a beauty;
he would take us for a ride and we would just roam the streets,
I recall just sinking into the soft upholstery seat cozy like a bed.

But in time-  rust ate away at the underside creeping upwards,
the dark green began to dull and there was an odd engine murmur;
but dad kept it,-   cherished it for years and years just to look at,
that old jalopy sure made him so happy until he gave it away.

I will never forget the day it was towed down our quiet street,
that was a sad day for dad as we sat together watching it go.

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July 11, 2019


Poetry/Verse/The Green Beast
Copyright Protected, ID 19- 1165-561-02
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.

Written for the contest, The Old Jalopy
sponsor, Craig Cornish

Tenth Place 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 7/28/2019 12:38:00 PM
Congrats Constance, I had a car exactly like that back when, bought it used around 1974, same color. Loved it for a couple years until I got a company car. One memory, since it looked like a police car at the time, was driving back from Army drill with a buddy and putting on our Drill Sergeant hats (to look like State Cops) and waving over a couple ladies driving in front of us. They pulled over and we drove by smiling and waved---hmm, probably could have been arrested.
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Date: 7/28/2019 7:01:00 AM
Beautiful write Dear Heart...Congratulations on your placement. :)
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Date: 7/28/2019 12:17:00 AM
A beloved car has such fond memories of time spent in it and places it took you. I loved this Constance! Congratulations on your deserving win! xxoo
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Date: 7/27/2019 9:38:00 PM
Fabulous, Constance. Love it. Congrats on a most deserving win.
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Date: 7/27/2019 6:16:00 PM
A beautiful write! Congratulations, Constance!
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Date: 7/27/2019 3:40:00 PM
Dear Heart, CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win! Janice
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Date: 7/26/2019 12:28:00 AM
wonderful thanks for the memory
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Date: 7/12/2019 7:35:00 PM
You tell a tale so well, Constance. Did this happen to be for the jalopy contest? I have no clue how to do that one. Thanks for my win with Peony. Thanks for being such a sweetheart here.
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Date: 7/12/2019 11:11:00 AM
We can get quite attached to our cars, its nice that you remember it so well, and write poetry about it, thank you for sharing, and thanks for my placement in your contest, xo
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Date: 7/12/2019 9:11:00 AM
My Grandpa had a gold one. He could turn it with one finger. Also it was so quiet you felt like you were in a vault. I enjoyed this poem very much. My favourite car my dad had was a 1968 Buick Wildcat.
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Date: 7/11/2019 7:35:00 PM
G'day Dear Heart … vehicles really do hold great memories and we can get close to them. Unfortunately many have a use by date. Nicely written nostalgia verse Dear Heart - Lindsay
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