Friendship…


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I am sitting here waiting for time
to pass and then I can get ready
ready for what I do not know
only that I need to change into something
better than I have on now
as shorts won’t cut it.

A dress shirt and a nice pair of dress pants
should do the trick so I don’t stand out
in a crowd who would all rather wear shorts
but all have come with the same purpose
to honor a lifelong friend
for his services to the cause.

We are all members of a group
who in our free time
kicked a ball around
the game played with the feet
and called football
to the rest of the world.

My friend who I have known
for forty one years
welcomed me on his team
with open arms
even though
he had never seen me play.

Tonight we honor our friend
for services to the football community
for his dedication to the sport
in helping to form the League
so that enthusiasts like me
had a place to play.

Now forty one years later
he gets the recognition he deserves
as a founder member
and as a true soccer enthusiast
and a real gentleman
in every sense of the word.

A Lawyer by trade
dealing with the misfortunes
of broken marriages
a more warm and caring man
you could not hope to meet
in any lifetime.

I consider myself very fortunate
to be a  part of his circle
and to have known him for so long
even as I played against him
on different teams
still a true friend.

Poem by Francis Allcorn
written on the occasion of
Phil Friday and his 45 years in the
Austin Soccer Community.

Written 8/12/2018

Texas Summers…


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Another hot day in my part of the land
Austin in Texas the place in hand
another hot summer just like before
hotter than the last by a goodly score
one hundred degrees is sometimes the norm
and several days each summer is how it performs
to have consistent one hundred degree days
is not a bit unusual in so many ways
the most days with temperatures this high
was in Wichita, Texas I tell you no lie
when the number of days at 100 degrees
was 100 that the temperature reached
in Austin which is downstate aways
the record stands at 83 days
all of this was in 2011
since then its been like heaven
we have probably had ten days or more
of this temperature but who’s keeping score
all we know when we go outside
is it’s hot out there enough to be fried
but the Texans are a pretty tough bunch
it does not deter them and I have a hunch
that they need to prove to the rest of the land
that a little heat even though not planned
will keep them from doing anything outside
as they know it is normal and they do not hide
instead slap on the lotion and then wear a hat
drink lots of water and be grateful that
although in the summer it gets very hot
in my part of Texas winters are not
one day of snow and a little frost
and winter is over and nothing is lost
so give me the summers in Texas today
and you keep the winters, I prefer it this way.

Written 7/22/2018

Common Sense.


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I walked around out in the yard
trying so very, very hard
to ignore the heat that I felt out there
and wondered how much I could bear
before I give up and move back inside
or my face and skin will be fried
even though I had carefully rubbed in
sun tan lotion upon my skin
which would keep me from getting a burn
and please my Doctor from whom I had learned
that too much sun is not good for the skin
and makes bad things grow eventually within
as I worked on things needing to be done
I was thinking about the rising sun
and wondered what I could do instead
as obviously I have been misled
into thinking the task I was working on
was something that would not take long
and I could quickly get it done
before the heat from the sun
made me think for a bit
that maybe tomorrow I can fit
this project into my busy day
and get out early if I have my way
I packed up my tools and put them away
this project can keep for another day
I’ll get up early and while it is cool
do the work that is needed as common sense rules.

Written 7/13/2018

Things to do on a Hot Day


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Another day in Texas and the temperature soars
and we wonder where it will top out today
one thing we know and we can be sure
that it is too hot to go out to play
so indoors we’ll stay at least for a while
and write in this blog in different ways
stories and poems that I can compile
using my brain and old cliches
writing is fun when it goes well
not so much when the thought delays
when the words do not come my brain compels
me to think a lot harder as I appraise
the words that I write do they excel
are they unusual in so many ways.

I ask those questions as I stare at the screen
reading what I have already wrote
wondering if this word did mean
exactly what it was that I spoke
or should I change it to make it seem
something different so it would provoke
more thoughts from the reader to make them dream
of the story I’m telling just as I spoke
for poetry is a story I deemed
the reader would feel to the words I wrote
and picture the story just as it’s streamed
from my brain to the keyboard with no misquote.

Written 7/13/2018

Today


What did you do today the store clerk asked
as I checked out the things I had bought
groceries and such and things put away
in case I get hungry during the day.

Oh I don’t know let me think
what did I do different than any day
I said as I helped her pack my stuff
in the bags I had brought just two were enough

Nothing much was different I said
a shower to wake my sleepy head
and coffee to start the morning off right
and feed the dogs with their eyes so bright.

Check on the ponds just to make sure
that everything works just as before
and feed the fish as they splash around
as the gurgling water makes its sounds.

Read my mail and send a response
to all of my friends who have taken the time
to read the blogs that I posted there
as sharing with them to see if they care.

Then back outside in the garden to work
as usually something needs to be done
trim the paths and rake the leaves
as I look at the beauty that my eyes perceive.

Lastly I am here at your store
buying groceries just like before
as I have done about everyday
nothing much changes along the way.

Now I have told you the story of life
as you asked me how was my day
this is how it is now I am old
very little changing as my story is told.

What you heard from me today
of things that happen along the way
is pretty much the way it will be
from here on out to eternity.

The store clerk looked at me so sad
I could tell she wanted to pity me
she went all quiet as if to say
You poor old man what a terrible day.

I looked right back at her and said
young lady I know it’s hard to reply
but look at this from another way
the alternative is that I will die.

As we live our lives out to the end
we make the most of the life we have left
and if that means everyday is the same
I’ll take it so my life to sustain.

She looked back at me and gave me a smile
the look on her face made it all worthwhile
as she finally realized what I had said
that to live like this is better than dead.

She rang me up so I went on my way
thinking of things that happen each day
if nothing much changes from the day before
then I’ll be happy for evermore.

The joys of being old. Who says change is great…

Written 7/10/2018

Grocery Shopping…


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I went out today to the grocery store
as I have many times before
but before I got into my truck
I started the engine and with any luck
the A/C would cool the inside down
comfortable for me to drive downtown.

When I jumped in it was nice and cool
and my Audiobook is my favorite tool
to listen to stories as I drive along
much better to me than to hear a song
which is so much more noise so I prefer
the narrator telling stories that I hear.

Getting out of the truck to go in the store
the temperature was not like before
no portable A/C to keep me cool
hot air blasting from the sun is cruel
to walk as fast as I can to the store
and feel the cool air as I close the door.

I stay in the store as long as I can
walk around buying stuff as the prices I scan
then to the check out I wheel my cart
and chat with the lady as she does her part
as she loads my bags and on my way
I head for the door not pausing to stray.

I walk back out into the heat
a blast from a furnace as I hit the street
and pushed the button to start my truck
so it would cool down and with any luck
would not be as hot inside
instead of feeling like a hundred and five.

I loaded my stuff into the cab
and stashed the cart and quickly grabbed
the handle to the drivers door
to get in the A/C just like before
stop for a latte before driving home
in for the evening no more to roam.

Written 7/21/2018

Blessed Rain


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Today we are having rain
something about which we do not complain
as I have said many times before
in Texas it rains and we let out a roar
as a sign of our pleasure for so simple a task
more rain is something we always ask
to combat the heat with the temperatures high
looking for clouds to darken the sky
and hoping that rain will fall on the ground
and so doing will cool the temperatures down.

I took a walk around the yard
in between the showers so hard
to make sure that things were OK
and the ponds could handle the rain this day
I barely had time to make one loop around
before it started to rain on the ground
and I dashed to get in the house and the dry
as the rain continued to fall from the sky
and sat by the window to watch it fall
as the rain is at Natures beck and call.

Written 7/9/2018