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Just the Regular Scotty Dogg

(Don't rightly remember. They always called me Dogg / The Potato Fields, Indiana)

Ode To Fall


The never ending orange and yellow
Leaves bombard me;
Bludgeon me like the Red Baron
Shot up Snoopy that one Halloween
Night.

I'll rake one spot for hours in
My front yard. Scratching a patch
For hours and hours and hours.
Just one square foot of yard.

Now, one leaf is stubborn,
And it sticks to my rake. I shake
And shake and shake. My rake.
I scream at the leaf:
'Why do you torment me so? ' and:
'Tenacious dead leaf, I hate you! '

Now, I collapse to my knees
And weep and weep.
I will pound the ground with
Fists and wrists.
I will grovel to the lawn
Pleading with obscenities.

Okay, you are high above
Me now. Like a bird in that
Yonder tree. See me pounding?
You see my plumber's crack?

Watch, as I do snow angels
In the pile of red leaves;
And, I also do that spinning
Thing on my side like 'Curly'
Of The Three Stooges always
did.

Then my neighbor comes out
To get his morning paper:
'Good morning, Jim' says he, with
A knowing nod.
'Hi Bob, ' says I.

Submitted: Thursday, February 21, 2013

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  • Ed Nigma (1/14/2014 12:24:00 AM)

    This was what really stuck out and made me smile

    Good morning Jim, Hi Bob (long pause) yup... just rolling around on this here pile of leaves cause I'm cool like that. Jim agrees.

    Great poem not sure fi you meant much humor in it but you have a way in the 2 poems I've read that make me feel sort of giddy if I can even say that. That's a good thing. Need more poems like this out there. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/5/2013 10:29:00 PM)

    A poem quite different from the ordinary poems on Fall ! So that stubborn leaf tenaciously clung to your rake, giving you heart ache! Enjoyed much!

    If you have time and will, I invite you to read my poem on falling leaves - As Autumn Runs its Round (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (10/11/2013 1:57:00 PM)

    what are the visiting hours at bellevue these days? or are you at university of south alabama medical center?
    do they let you have a knife with your supper? i sent this to MyPoemList.
    you suggested i look at your most recent submission but three share the same date so i guess i'll HAVE to read all three. i hope my baby's wet diaper isn't TOO irritating.
    several years ago as i walked along a residential street i watched a senior citizen raking a few leaves along the curb. there were plenty of leaves left on the trees and i thought to myself self, why is that old person bothering with so few leaves when plenty more are yet on the trees? [those weren't my exact words, but; i have embellished my speech for you poets] now, after almost ten years of retirement i have a better understanding.
    thanks for sharing. rhyming not needed here. and i learned plumber's crack only in the last few years also.
    isn't there a law against such exposure in your community? (Report) Reply

  • Michael Oliver (2/23/2013 12:54:00 PM)

    Metinks Mr. Dogg is growing mellow ad mature- however a rage is a rage is a rage part of your staple.-another grain of sad inflated into infinity -excellent (Report) Reply

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