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Grandpa Lee

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Mike
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0 posted 03-14-2000 12:34 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Mike


Dirty-thirties, Kansas plains,
Scratched the dirt, devoid of rains,
Wheat don't grow in rock hard soil,
Doesn't matter how you toil.

Four small children and a wife,
Dirt-bowl farm, ain't much a life,
Breaking horses to survive,
Thank the Lord, poor but alive.

Boiled potatoes, rendered lard,
Still got to eat, when times are hard,
Flour sacks, a young girl's dress,
Bottomed out, and then there's less.

Locusts come, as bible's plague,
Instead of stallion, broke a leg,
Will make things do, as children cry,
Ain't gonna beg, would rather die.

Painted shoes with house paint black,
Corn and green beans, grown out back,
Grey haired man, frail aging wife,
Neighbors said, peculiar life.

No restaraunts, no movie shows,
Wood stove warmed in winter's snows,
Called by all, bicycle man,
Who can fix? the old man can.

Picked 'em up from piles of junk,
Took 'em home, old Chevy's trunk,
Fixed 'em up, and sold for cash,
Making money, other's trash.

Small girl came and rode away,
Said grey haired man, no need to pay,
A smiling child, if truth be told,
More gave away, than ever sold.

As I grew up, would often see,
Grey haired man, grandpa to me,
Walked with a limp, I knew not why,
I thought him odd, I will not lie.

Did what it took, to survive,
Thank the Lord, poor but alive,
Pews were filled, as people came,
Bicycle man, Lee was his name.

© Copyright 2000 Mike - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 03-14-2000 01:14 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Grandparents are special people, aren't they?  I like these tributes I'm seeing here... It keeps them in a close warm spot for us, ya know?... This is a good'n, Mike..
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2 posted 03-14-2000 01:21 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Mike--What a wonderful, tender story of strength and endurance and a lovely memory of your grandfather.  I wish I had known him, and now I do through your poetry.  Thank you!
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3 posted 03-14-2000 03:22 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is a beautiful touching tribute, Mike!

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4 posted 03-14-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is wonderful, Mike!!! Looking back on what others have endured can change my complaining into counting blessings in a heartbeat! *S*
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Poignant and well told tale, Mike.

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nice tribute... great story!!!

Thanks...!!
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7 posted 03-14-2000 07:44 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Excellent tribute Mike, More people should be like your grandpa(morals, not economic situation)
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8 posted 03-14-2000 08:14 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

Mike~
This is so wonderful.
Brings my long, tall, lean and lanky Grandpa to mind.  Thank you for the memories.
~*Marge*~


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9 posted 03-15-2000 12:02 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Thank you all kindly for the replies. They are muchly appreciated.
 
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