Sunday, August 31, 2008

Poetry Train Monday - 64 - The Meaning

The Meaning

The words that make me think of you are these
Soldier – for you had my back and I, yours
Department – with Cedric’s West Indian ease
For retail was our battleground, our shore

Kids – our tiny clientele… and parents
Lollipop – abandoned doll from glorious Oz
Thumbs in suspenders, kick, ‘We represent’
Leaving us bent and gasping with guffaws

‘Yarp’ – the Hot Fuzz joke is our souls bared
A laugh – it’s not a word. A laugh’s a sound
But laughter weaves through every hour we’ve shared
And every hour we’ve shared is treasure found

The words we say, the meaning of a phrase
Like ‘love’ that we write on a birthday card
The words for you embody all our days
The yarpy days and those that felt so hard

You’ve walked 500 miles for me and more
You’ve comforted and healed. You lift me up
I’ve hugged you tight when you shook to the core
Because we laughed soon after at the ‘Yarp.’

Copyright - 2008 - Julia Smith

In the photo: me, my friend Lisa and my husband Brad


Bobbi said...

My! Your hubby is really tall! My hubby's on the short side, like me. Great photo!

Akelamalu said...

That's a greate photo and I love your poem. :)

gautami tripathy said...

A love poem with sanity intact. I love this!

I catch words haphazardly

Jill said...

Really a warm feeling poem!

Joy Renee said...

friendship is precious isn't it? your joy exudes from these lines.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You have some incredible friendships. Wow.

Toni said...

But laughter weaves through every hour we’ve shared
And every hour we’ve shared is treasure found

Absolutely wonderfully poetic!!! I loved it, Julia.

Btw, thought you'd get a giggle out of the fact that I thought your post title read, "Potty Train Monday." LOL!

Julia Smith said...

Toni - my friend Lisa works with toddlers at a daycare. She'll be having Potty Train Monday soon enough!

Danika / OpenChannel said...

that is really sweet. i love that it has a casual/conversational tone even though it is a more formal style, especially with the rhyme.


Akelamalu said...

PS check out my post tomorrow I'm tagging you for a meme, I hope you don't mind. It's fun honest. :)

Thomma Lyn said...

What a lovely poem. It made me smile. You did a great job capturing the wonderful feeling of enduring love and friendship.

Amy Ruttan said...

Great poem! :)

Heather said...

You write such great poems. Happy you are enjoying time with Lisa, and Brad too of course.