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Shady Rest

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Fred Hobbs
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Tallahassee, Florida, US


0 posted 01-23-2000 08:41 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

SHADY REST

It’s Sunday at the Shady Rest
He gets up early, wears his best
Grabs the walker by the wall
And shuffles down the yellowed hall
Some visitors were due to call

His son, the wife, and grandsons too
Were coming by, they seldom do
They’re busy folks and he knows that
But still they’re coming by to chat
Why they’d be here in nothing flat

He settles on the porch to wait
And thinks about the quirk of fate
That led him to be staying here
Away from folks that he holds dear
Those he so wanted to be near

Two years ago his good wife died
Alone and all torn up inside
The old man learned to live alone
Learned to make it on his own
He struggled hard to get a grip
But then he fell and broke his hip. . .

His son's just coming through the gate
His youngest grandson too, but wait
There’s no sign now of his son’s mate
Nor did he see the older lad
He wouldn’t be here, never had

The old man gave his son a hug
While grandson sat down on the rug
And watched the old folks sitting there
They looked back with a vacant stare
They didn't know him, didn’t care

The boy spies Mrs. Monahan
She’s playing checkers with her man
She plays all day and doesn’t know
He passed on thirty years ago
She’s talking to him even so

The old man’s son is doing well
He’s happy, the old man can tell
He talks about his life and laughs
He shows the latest photographs
An hour passes, maybe two
The talking stops as if on cue
There’s something now the son must do

He says the words that he must say
“Hey Dad, come home with us and stay
The boys can learn to share a bed”
He sees his grandson shake his head
He’d rather eat a snake instead

The old man says, “I’d better not
We better stay with what we’ve got
They’re much too big, a bed to share
I’d just be getting in your hair
And Son, I need a lot of care”

The son says “Dad, I plan to take
You fishing soon down on the lake
I’ll buy the beer and bring the bait
We’ll have a swell time, just you wait”
The old man smiles “Well that sounds great”
Then shuffles with them to the gate

He blinks a tear and feigns a cough
A hug, a wave and then they’re off
The old man struggles back inside
With lowered head he tries to hide
His eyes so no one knows he cried

It’s bedtime now at Shady Rest
He lay, arms folded on his chest
He didn’t have it bad he guessed
In fact in some ways he was blessed

But still the fates had been unkind
To take his life and leave his mind


© Copyright 2000 Fred Hobbs - All Rights Reserved
Lynn
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Jasper, Alabama U.S.A.


1 posted 01-23-2000 09:26 PM       View Profile for Lynn   Email Lynn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lynn


Well, I don't really know what to say. This is VERY well written, and oh so sad.

 If time cannot heal your pain, you can always cry on my shoulder. ~Jenn~
Poet deVine
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2 posted 01-23-2000 09:47 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Oh, Fred! Nice to see you here! And with this poem...so sad..and so well done! Thanks for coming by!  
Marge Tindal
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3 posted 01-23-2000 09:50 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Hello, Fred-

You've been missed by this lady.
HOW 'BOUT THEM 'NOLES ! ! !

Okay ... now
Your poem is a tender and touching one.
I wish more rest home residents were as fortunate to be wanted again by someone.

If you want to give your heart a lift...
go to a local area rest/nursing home and
share a poetry reading with them.
The experience will be so uplifting.

My favorite time is when I've finished my
poetry and tell the residents ....
Okay ... somebody tell ME a story !
What fun, what inspiration.

~*Marge*~



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com

Denise
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4 posted 01-23-2000 09:51 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Hey Fred! Nice to see you again!! Wonderful poem!  A sad tale, true to life for too many...

Denise
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5 posted 01-23-2000 10:08 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Pure Fred Hobbs, this is! Terrific, Fred. It's always a pleasure seeing your name on the page.  
Meadowmuse
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6 posted 01-23-2000 10:29 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

I'm not one o' the regular gang, I suppose, but still I know a well~crafted work when I read it, and yours is such. Powerful ending couplet. Important message, sensitively and poignantly shared. Thank you.  

Dear LadyClaire

Fred Hobbs
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7 posted 01-24-2000 08:24 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Lynn, Poet, Marge, Denise, Balladeer, Meadowmuse, thank you!  I appreciate the kind words.

Marge, are you a Nole? No wonder you're so smart!

fh


Seymour Tabin
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8 posted 01-24-2000 10:20 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Fred,
I look for you but you are seldom here.
And your poem is excellent worth a beer.
It's always you and balladeer that make
me feel so humble here. Thanks for posting. Sy
Martie
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9 posted 01-24-2000 10:25 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wonderful Fred!  Such sad a haunting images and unfortunately true.  I would like to see more of your poetry....Please
 
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