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Toerag's Estate Sale - response to Huan Yi's challenge

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LngJhnAg
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0 posted 12-12-2008 11:00 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LngJhnAg

Toerag will live forever in our Piptalk Hall of Fame,
A struggling poet with little talent, but he can’t be blamed.
He spent his youth in wild abandon, and to tell the truth
He would have done a whole lot better if he’d married Ruth.

But alas, I just read the news of Toerag’s untimely demise,
He’s now joined other hopeless romantics up there in the skies.
All his treasures he’s left behind for others to obtain,
And perhaps to use much better than Toerag could ever claim.

FOR SALE

A little shack in Alabama, tar papered with a single room.
Could use a ‘little’ cleaning ‘cause it’s never seen a broom.
Doesn’t have a swamp cooler, or even a ceiling fan,
The roof has gaps wide enough to accept a rotund man.

FOR SALE

A Thesaurus and Dictionary, still looking like brand new,
Neither have been opened, both published in 1972.
Stored beneath a Sears catalogue for the current year,
With the lingerie ads the only pages referenced with dog-ears.

FOR SALE

Aluminum cans strewn about the red clay in his front yard,
Depicting a life spent in a haze, with the drinking hard.
Plenty of cans and bottles on this Superfund potential site,
Watch your step, there’s broken glass from his drinking every night.

FOR SALE

Bathroom fixture consisting of a door with a moon-shaped hole,
Fifty yards behind the shack where no woman would ever go.
Far too close in the summer time, too far in a winter blast,
Totally filled by Toerag before he breathed his last.

FOR SALE

Unused talent, hardly tapped, buried within the mire
That we came to love as Toerag’s mind, before the man expired.
Partial phrases without meter or rhyme, hastily strewn about
‘Poems’ Toerag published as he tried his keyboard out.

NOT FOR SALE

The love we share for Toerag, though he was an old recluse,
Shaggy haired and clearly one who could be uncouth.
Yet, who had a heart of gold and who was counted as a friend,
By all who met and knew him before he met his end.

We love ya, Toe.
© Copyright 2008 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
Marc-Andre
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I enjoyed reading this. Mark
steavenr
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an enjoyable read...filled with subtle and not so subtle humor...will these things be on ebay?
LngJhnAg
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on eBay?  Well, considering it's Toe we are talking about, I would think it would be on eBayOfPigs - lol
Mark Bohannan
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Not mentioned as it was buried with Toe
Was a little kitty ... pure white as snow
Quite generous with it's lovin and lickin
Jump in the casket to avoid Lngjhn's kickin

LngJhnAg
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5 posted 12-12-2008 03:38 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

LOL - Great lines, Mark - simply outrageous.
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6 posted 12-12-2008 04:54 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

quote:
NOT FOR SALE

The love we share for Toerag, though he was an old recluse,
Shaggy haired and clearly one who could be uncouth.
Yet, who had a heart of gold and who was counted as a friend,
By all who met and knew him before he met his end.

We love ya, Toe.
That we do!  As a matter of fact, you and your buddy are no slouches in that love boat either.  I don't think I would sell one of you skaliwags for all the money in this world, as you're all priceless.

Merry Christmas Lorelei, and Michael  
Toerag
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Ala bam a


7 posted 12-12-2008 05:56 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

The ghost of Toerag will haunt you Monday.......
Balladeer
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8 posted 12-12-2008 06:21 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Tow, you don't have a ghost of a chance of topping this one.

Brilliant work, LJ. Wish I'd written this one myself!
LngJhnAg
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9 posted 12-13-2008 09:25 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

psst, Toe - the dictionary is under the Sears catalog - before you start writing, try reading - lol

'Deer - How are you doing, you scalawag?!  It's been a real hoot in here.  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
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on the threshold of a dream


10 posted 12-14-2008 10:00 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Oh, my! *S* I gave myself a crick in the neck, nodding in agreement with the last line of the first verse! LOL I coulda been having my share of heaven right here on earth... but no!!! Toe wouldn't cooperate! LOL

I sure hope those estate sales are far FAR in the future... for all three of you scalawags. *G* But you sure got those last two lines right...

And ROFL at Mark's response... perfect! *G*
nakdthoughts
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11 posted 12-14-2008 01:11 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Most enjoyable reading from the poet's words to all the favorite's responses

again~~ have a wonderful holiday

M
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12 posted 12-14-2008 06:34 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Well, I had a few #^&(*&&^% words for you, LJA...you scared me to death! But until I saw Toe's note underneath...Whew!

I'm glad the Troublesome Three is still around and kicking...

Kick harder, fellows...it's good for your...health!







suthern
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13 posted 05-09-2017 10:06 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

As my best friend is now at rest
I think of how much I've been blessed
To know his smile, enjoy his wit
To feel the tender, see the grit.

Some times were good, others were tough
No time with him would be enough.
Now heaven's gates are open wide
And that sweet man has stepped inside.

A lonely heart recalls good times,
Hands hold pictures, eyes re-read rhymes.
Dear Toe, I know this much is true
As long as I live, I'll miss you.

your suthern belle
 
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