The Widow And The Water Master Poem by Kim Barney

Kim Barney

I was born in a bank - - my mother went there and made a deposit

The Widow And The Water Master

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My grandma was a widow gal,
petite and old but spry.
Another widow lived next door
who really loved to spy.

I'll call my grandma Tillie;
the other I'll call Sue,
and now, except for changing names,
this tale, I swear, is true.

The water master came one eve
all dressed in suit and tie
and parked there by my grandma's house
and then went walking by,

Sue's vision, though, was partly blocked
by bushes and some trees.
She thought the man went in the house
and thought "Atrocities! "

She watched and waited for some time,
but saw the man no more.
She wearied and she went to bed
and soon began to snore.

The water master then came back
from checking the canal,
got in the car and drove away
(he was my father's pal) .

Then bright and early he came back
to check on things again.
Old Sue had not arisen yet,
so didn't see him then.

When she awoke, there was his car
still parked in that same spot!
The man appeared and drove away;
she went there at a trot!

"Tillie." she cried, "What's wrong with you?
What will the neighbors think? "
"Oh, Sue, " said Grandma, I don't care
if they should cause a stink! "

"It's my life, let me live it now,
and stay out of my way!
You'd do the same, given the chance
you'd take it, any day! "

The Widow And The Water Master
Monday, August 19, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: humor,teasing
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The water master was dressed in suit and tie because there were some special meetings at the church that Saturday night and again on Sunday morning. He had to walk past Grandma's house to get to the canal on the hillside above. The door we used at Grandma's house was not the front door, but the side door, and when he disappeared on that side of the house, "Sue" assumed that he had gone in the house.
She didn't see him leave that night or arrive the next morning, so when she saw him leaving the next morning, (still dressed in his suit and tie)
she assumed that he had spent the night with Grandma. She hurried right over to talk to Grandma as soon as the water master left.
Grandma had such a wicked sense of humor. As far as I know, she never did tell "Sue" that the water master hadn't really spent the night there!

Written 19 August 2019

(Happy Birthday, Brittany!)
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 21 August 2019

Love love love this and I wish all gossips would read this and realize how ridiculous and dirty minded they were but gossips are the mosquitoes of the human race. Thank you for sharing this and the Author's Note.10++++

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Susan Williams 24 August 2019

Thank you, Kim, for the idea- -I think I will give it a try! ! !

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Kim Barney 22 August 2019

Susan, Thank you so much for your generous comment. I like your phrase about gossips being mosquitoes. With your talent, I'm sure you could come up with a poem about that. Old Mrs. Turnbull sucked my blood...

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 August 2019

The water master came one eve and you observed well. You life you should live in nice way. This poem is very interesting and the story is well told by Grandmother.

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Kim Barney 22 August 2019

Kumarmani, my old friend! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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Joyce Barnson 20 August 2019

How funny! Quite scandalous in that day!

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Kim Barney 20 August 2019

Joyce, thank you very much for reading and commenting!

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Spock The Vegan 20 August 2019

Funny poem Kim. Thanks for sharing about your grandmother.

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Kim Barney 20 August 2019

Thank you, Spock. I have fond memories of Grandma!

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Darwin Henry Beuning 20 August 2019

Kim, very nice! Enjoyed your poem. You sure have some interesting relatives and putting those stories into poetry is great! !

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