Saturday, January 11, 2020

Green and red

Picking collards
Selling them
For two dollars
A bushel
For Christmas money
The Dollar General
Would be the recipient
Of my hard earned greenbacks
My own lemonade stand
Experience
But again
Hard work
Meets red clay
Adolescence
was spent
Mired in mud
That found its way
Caked on
In places
Dirt should not
Be found
One with the land
I know it
All too well

35 comments:

  1. Hello, I spend most of my young years playing outside. And I also worked on odd jobs to make some spending money. Enjoy your day and weekend!

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  2. I spent my youth playing in the frog pond!
    Lovely poems.

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  3. I played outside everyday when I was a kid! AND I love collard greens.

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  4. Mine was picking berries. Stained fingers. I wish there had been dollar stores then. Just the five and dime!

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  5. Lovely poetry of youth ~ it is all so fleeting ~ glad you have the memories ~ thanks for sharing ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. ...and now I'm craving collards with chow chow. Have a great weekend.

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  7. this brought back memories. Snapping peas on the front porch in my little hometown in Kansas. Enjoyed your writing!

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  8. When I was about five years old we lived next to a farm that grew and sold strawberries...I always had red fingers and strawberry red lips because I was allowed as many as I wanted.
    Your lovely words brought me back in time to 68 years ago...thank you 🍓

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  9. Oh this poem was visual I could totally see it my head. And to me that is the secret of great poetry. Good work!!

    Oh love this, thanks for posting!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  10. Piękny wiersz. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

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  11. Nice views of red and green. Hugs-Erika

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  12. Loved the visual your words created.

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  13. I just learned to like kale last spring. I think collard greens is a green too many. I might try it with a big squirt of red ketchup. :)

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  14. ...oh how I remember red mud caked to my boots in Georgia.

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  15. Oh after three weeks of the grandchildren staying I know all about those places where dirt should not be found 😉 Happy New year to you R, here's wishing you all the best for 2020 ✨

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  16. I love collard.
    Such a sweet and nice memory when you were growing.

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  17. How nice to reminisce on those young days of doing business. Yes, it was good experience

    Hank

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  18. I recall doing a lemon aide stand when I was kid.

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  19. oh the things we did as kids, some stick with us and some we would rather not anymore

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  20. I don't know what collards are but I've been seeing so many lemonade and cake stands around the neighbourhood lately raising money for the bushfire relief and I think it's a great way to let kids give back!

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  21. estupendo! Todo lo mejor para este año!🎊🎉🎊🎉 Espero verte pronto por mi blog! 💓💓💓

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  22. Oh yes, I remember dirt for miles when I gardened (or tried to) as a child.
    Love your style of poetry
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  23. A lovely poem … and look back.

    All the best Jan

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