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Bubba And The Ayatollah

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broker6
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0 posted 11-10-1999 09:33 AM       View Profile for broker6   Email broker6   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for broker6

(I hope the language is not “wrong” for this section of the board. If so, let me apologize, and ask someone to direct me to a better location. Thanks. Broker6.)

Bubba And The Ayatollah
by ©Richard Budig, 1999

Remember when our guys
were prisoners in Iran,
being held by the Ayatollah
and his band of merry men?
Well, that really funked me out.
Got one of those bumper stickers
that said, “The Ayatollah Is A Ass-ahola.”
Now I’m what you’d call a slight man.
Five-eight, one-sixty pounds,
gentle eyes, and mousy hair.
Not a feather ruffles when I walk by.
Guys in bars with ball caps never look up.
But when I put that sticker on my bumper
I started getting honks and thumbs up
from huge guys in ball caps and pick ups.
Some even came up to me at stop lights,
leaned in my window, shook my hand,
and stuffed their cards in my shirt pocket.
“You ever need anything, jus’ call, li’l fella.”
Their cards all read pretty much the same:
“Bubba’s Concrete And Midnight Towing,”
“Big Jesse’s Roofing And Radiator Repair.”
At first, these guys scared the be-Jesus outta me,
but then, I got to thinking. I also got a ball cap.
It said, “Billy Bob’s Titty Bar And Bingo Parlor.”
And underneath that, in real small letters,
it said, “Bongo Drums” and “Virgins Converted.”
And after that, my life sorta changed.
Big guys on the street walked closer
and bikers started looking directly at me
and hiking their thumbs at babes on the back.
Suddenly, I was feelin’ good about myself.
I walked among giants and gnarly bikers
whose women had steel things on their wrists.
I’ve become a lot more militant since then.
You just never know whose gonna honk
or whose gonna point you to their women.
All that Iran stuff is behind us now.
I’m glad of that, but I still have my cap,
and I still have all those business cards.
Somehow, they remind me of that time,
and of our guys alone in those cells in Iran,
and it comes to me -- a guy just never knows
when he’s gonna need a friend.
© Copyright 1999 broker6 - All Rights Reserved
Watcher666
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since 10-13-1999
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1 posted 11-10-1999 10:21 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Nicely done.

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hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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2 posted 11-10-1999 12:22 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

This was absolutely fantastic. A very enthralling read to say the least. BRAVO!!

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(She flies with her own wings)
RSEvans
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since 10-23-1999
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Tulsa, OK, USA


3 posted 11-10-1999 02:05 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

Introspective and true. I never thought of a ball cap as a social symbol but it fits.

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Ohme
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4 posted 11-10-1999 03:25 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

Nice!
 
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