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The Wrong Side of the Tracks

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John Yaws
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While driving through a small town,
I saw a girl today.
Who carried herself proudly-
Though her clothes were worn and frayed.

As she turned into an alley-
My mind raced swiftly back…
To another time, another girl-
Who lived “across the tracks”.

No one would call us wealthy,
Though the bills were always paid.
Dad drove a decent truck to work,
On wages that he made.

But four blocks South the railroad ran
To separate our worlds-
And on the wrong side of the tracks-
I dared to love a girl.

She never wore the latest styles-
Her “hand-me-downs” came free.
And yet she wore them regally-
My Moiré Jo McGee.

We had a class together-
I guess in the ninth grade.
I often saw her blush in shame,
When cruel remarks were made.

But as I watched, she stole my heart-
She had such dignity…
I could not see the rags she wore-
Miss Moiré Jo McGee.

I got sent home from classes-
At least a dozen times.
For standing to defend her…
But how her eyes did shine!

Fair dreams of home and children-
Were all that I could see.
My only dreams for happiness
Were Moiré Jo, and me.

One evening in the city park-
I took her by the hand…
Said, “Moiré Jo, my darling-
I bought a wedding band”.

With teardrops in her emerald eyes-
She sadly said to me,
“We come from different worlds, my love…
Our love can never be”.

Was she right, or was she wrong-
I guess I’ll never know…
For after graduation night-
Far from our town she’d go…

I hope she’s wearing satin, now…
And living fancy free…
She’s had her share of heartache-
My Moiré Jo McGee .

Could I reverse the hands of time-
Ah, if I could go back-
I know I’d love the same sweet girl
From the wrong side of the tracks.



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JamesMichael
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1 posted 05-21-2000 04:18 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

You have painted a beautiful picture here of your darling Moire' Jo McGee....and the softness and tenderness in your heart for her.   James
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2 posted 05-21-2000 05:09 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

Slinger~
This has just become one of my favorites.
What a tender piece of nostalgia.
Great heart in this writing.
~*Marge*~


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3 posted 05-21-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very touching tale, John. Well, she did have one thing going for her...a love from the heart! My favorite lines:

'I hope she's wearing satin, now...
And living fancy free...

Denise
 
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