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Author Name: FreeTomahawk 6 Comments
Date Added: August 07, 2012 18:08:19 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Word Bank Challenge -- Salvaging My Life
With spring came the thaw, a long, cold winter was finally gone
I had a lot of work to do, now that the snow had completely melted away
chief of which, was walking to the mud gully near the old town road
I skidded off the road in a blizzard, into that deep gully in January
and abandoned the jeep, after it got stuck in the snow and the mud there
I had a second truck, so it wasn't a problem to leave it until springtime
my truck was a 1958 Chevrolet Apache and still ran great, so it got me through
mine was the salvage business and I needed a dependable vehicle, for sure
life would turn ugly when I'd have no truck at all, to make my hauls with
now that it was warmer with the thaw and I was hopeful of a lot of business
I was dawdling over my coffee in the kitchen, not excited about my task at hand
but the jeep was my personal vehicle for when I went looking for new clients
I wore a jacket and tie, when I would go trying to drum up business, most times
I wouldn't look as business-like driving the ol' Apache to see new customers
so that fact was a compelling reason for me to go and get my jeep out of mud
It was a  warm March day and a big, blue house of sky, with staggering beauty
I heard a chirping sound and there, paused outside my window, was a cardinal
this beautiful red bird, singing happily and with curiosity, peering in at me
apologetically, I got up to leave and the bird abruptly flew away in a flash
I suddenly felt a sensation of acute emptiness and I thought of my wife, Emily
She passed away last autumn, the damn cancer finally getting the better of her
I could still see her, sitting at the breakfast table with me, her lovely ivory skin
her ruby lips and perfect teeth and a figure that would rival any fashion model
and blue eyes, paler than aquamarine and far more beautiful in the overall
I never put her clothes in storage, I just couldn't bear to get rid of them
She was amazing, a modest, sweet, loving woman, who wanted nothing fancy
no expensive dresses, no gawdy shoes or fur coats, she was a plain, simple girl
never asking for much, except for honesty, my love and loyalty, which I gave her
I never dreamed I could have a wife like Emily, who loved me just for me, alone!
she was a little bit of country, with those dark plain dresses she wore and jeans
Yes, she was my whole life, I said a silent prayer as always, and started my day
Author's Notes:

This is in response to Linda-Jo's word bank was a lot of fun!

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Comment By: FreeFirestone Feinberg on August 9, 2012 02:50:51 PM Report
It is a beautiful thing that the human soul is often represented by a bird.  This is a terrific use of the word-bank words.  (Actually I haven't read them yet -- was trying to guess -- by way of your story -- what some of the words are.  I have a few ideas...)  As always, a dynamic and moving offering...  Thanks!  --David
Comment By: PremiumHarry William Harborne on August 9, 2012 04:50:22 AM Report
What a moving story Len. All the more so to me for its American feel, you use of language is thrilling to me as a Brit, terms and phrases not general used by us bring a real sparkle to it. "The mud gully""The day would turn ugly" I havent yet discovered these challenges i must look them up. Yours must indeed be a winner,
Comment By: FreeAlistair Muir on August 9, 2012 03:28:08 AM Report
You are my friend a true poet and a raconteur -- I can see you in that jeep -- shades -- looking cool...A great story and a fantastic response to Linda Jo's word bank challenge -- Bravo!!


Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on August 8, 2012 06:25:14 PM Report
This is beautiful.  It always amazes me how the same words can be used in so many different ways, each with their own stories and by so many totally, different people.  I guess it similar to reading the scriptures ... we each see what it is in our lives that they bring out in us.  Very nice

Comment By: FreeMoonStar on August 8, 2012 03:12:41 AM Report
Bravo!!!!! I can see I am going to have my work cut out for me with this one you brought forth.. WOW!!!!! Okay..... Ya..... Way to go Len! Can I top this? heck no! But I am gonna try.. lol I loved it. Your stories always bring forth such wonderful descriptions and I for one enjoyed all within

You de best!

Mucho huggies to ya

Moonie xo

Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on August 7, 2012 07:35:08 PM Report

this is a wonderful answer to the word bank challenge!!!!  It is very touching and filled with so many memories.  this poem was just begging to be written!


  I find it to be one of your thanks for answering the challenge...and with lightning speed, I might add.  I am always in awe how the word bank seems to sweep the heart for stored memories and give them wings for release.  I applaud this wonderful, heartwarming story!


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