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The Freckled Face of a Girl .................. #2000

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Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London


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The Freckled Face of a Girl
~~~

Dappled grey horses
sweat crusted and weary
hooves drifting dust
lift a day
passing dreary
The harness bells faded
reigned in at the rill
a cool running brook
near the base of our hill
~
My eyes
I'm a lad
scant older than four
brought visions to mind
full of wonders in store
A wagon decked out
like a big city market
he lifted the side
then he shook out the carpet
~
Our old kitchen door
screamed out
lack of oil
a kettle
clanged gently
just set on to boil
E'er mother's voice shouted
"I think it's the Pox
the old folks have died
I've been digging their plots"
~
"My father's in bed
and they won't let me near"
the stranger walked by
with a smile
mussed my hair
Went in with a bag
full of magic he grows
started mixing a broth
made with god only knows
~
Tip toed on a box
dragged in from the yard
through windows
he folded
gunpowder with lard
The screams of my father
sent tears to my eyes
they rubbed him completely
in spite of his cries
~
They fed him the broth
a few drops at a time
I climbed off the box
with his horses in mind
~
"The horses love apples"
I turned with a whirl
peeking out of his wagon
the freckled face
of a girl
~
In moments I knew her
a lifetime
it seemed
a most likeable friend
who knew all the schemes
As father got better
t'was time to move on
her father
a doctor
a peddler
a con
~
He'd done us a service
we could never repay
though he sold us an organ
an' stool
by the way
Each year they returned
once or twice
they dropped by
little freckle faced Mary
soon
the girl of my eye
~
They'd rest a few days
with each visit
it's true
she wrote the best love songs
while I wrote the tunes
Then one night it happened
'neath moon and the stars
consummating a love
that would forever
be ours
~
He stumbled upon us
but said not a word
in the morning
so early
fading echoes we heard
Ne'er again did we see them
though rumors
of peril ...
my parents expired
to a place 'neath the barrow
~
Five years had surpassed
isolation and grief
knocked a lamp
from the table
when I'd fallen asleep
The house nearly cinder
an' I felt like the fool
only item I'd saved
was the old organ stool
~
I just sat and watched
till the sun broke the morn
in the distance
an echo
I'd heard years before
Then over the rise
sweat crusted and weary
two dappled grey horses
on a day
passing dreary
~
The horses reigned in
right next to the rill
that sweet running brook
at the base of our hill
A woman climbed down
with a step
to the glade
the dawning day's sun
streaming in to pervade
~
A light in my heart
jumped a thousand times fold
the smile in her eyes
and the stories been told
The tears
fell in rapture
though nothing was said
embraced
now with Mary
she'd returned from the dead
~
She unhitched the horses
I lifted the side
"The years have been kind"
I said
lifting her pride
~
"Are you my daddy?"
I turned with a whirl
peeking out from the wagon
the freckled face
of a girl
~




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Kethry
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1 posted 02-10-2002 06:28 AM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

Rex, what a stunning story for your 2000th. Congratulations and write on
Kethry

Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


Irish Rose
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2 posted 02-10-2002 08:20 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

You do the Irish proud, congratulations.  This is delightful. Every word. I love it!
Oh and Happy Valentine's Day, Rex.

"


Kathleen--(Kay)
"When red-haired girls scamper like roses over the rain-green grass, and the sun drips honey."
Laurie Lee


[This message has been edited by Irish Rose (02-10-2002 08:20 AM).]

Seymour Tabin
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Tamarac Fla


3 posted 02-10-2002 08:42 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Rex,
You did good
Martie
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Rex Allen--This was a joy to read...thank you!
peaches73533
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5 posted 02-10-2002 09:54 AM       View Profile for peaches73533   Email peaches73533   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for peaches73533

Rex,
This was great.I enjoyed reading this very much.
Peaches
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Somewhere in time~


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FANTASTIC 2000th POST!!
May there be many thousands more to come!
~Hugs, Nancy~

~Time has cast a spell on you,
  So you won't ever forget me~

skyshine
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Stunning and well woven, this tale you've penned. Congrats on 2000!

sky
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BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! OH MY GOSH, THIS IS SUCH A TOUCHING AND GORGEOUS TALE BOUND TO BE A CLASSIC TO TOP 2000!!! CONGRATULATIONS, SWEET FRIEND!!! (BIG HUGGGSSSSSSS) We all love you so so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Rex, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (02-10-2002 11:23 AM).]

Marsha
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9 posted 02-10-2002 11:46 AM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

Rex darling boy Oh WOW when YOU write you really write, this is utterly utterly fabulous.

Congratulations Rex
2000 well done


Such an outstanding and wonderful piece of writing, I’ve read fabulous pieces from you before this is simply stunning. Truly you’ve outdone yourself for your 2000


Love and warm stuff
As always
Mushy

To give light to them that sit in darkness..... to guide our feet into the way of peace St John ch2 v1

Startime
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10 posted 02-10-2002 11:48 AM       View Profile for Startime   Email Startime   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Startime's Home Page   View IP for Startime

BRAVO!!! I LOVE IT!! I LOVE IT!!!MORE MORE PLEASE. **big hugs**

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

JamesMichael
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Enjoyed very much...James
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This gave me chills as I scrolled down, not once, not twice but thrice...so write on, poetry man, with many, many more wonderful poems to grace us...
RosePetal
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What a delightful read! Congrats on 2000 posts!!!!
strbbux
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CONGRATULATIONS REX, THIS WAS A MOST AWESOME READ, I WISHED IT WOULD NEVER END. floria

Floria

"Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them"
(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

mini poet
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This is my favorite one dad =)
Love it!
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