Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Saturday, May 21, 2011


The Rogue Speaks:

My best friend artist's birthday is around this time of year, so Saturday we got together for lunch and the opening of my gifts to her. Twice a year, I write her a special poem--at Christmas, and on her birthday. That's the gift she always opens first. She has to drive when we go to meetings or shows, because currently I am legally blind, and have no business even driving up to the corner. That will all change in about three weeks, though.

The photo below was taken in 2007, before my starvation diet. I am on the left, our dear friend, Sam, who is currently traveling the world, is in the middle, and Di is on the right. This was right before Christmas, and if you look very closely, you will see a large rectangular pin on Di's tam. It is made from a piece of ancient fruit cake that she polyurethaned a long time ago. Yes, I do hang out with these people.

I hope you enjoy my poem for the birthday girl. I am leaving the music for my Saturday Centus on, in case you didn't get to hear it. It is so beautiful! Please read my Centus, too, if you haven't already! Now here's...


Us is friends. Yes us are.
Us goes places in you’s car.
You’s the driver, I’s the map.
I can’t even take a nap.
Where us go? I don’t care
Cause I know you takes us there.
I says “left” when I means “right”
Then us has an awful fight!
Yous is worthless, you tells me.
I can’t help that I can’t see!
Us sees places us don’t know.
Us gets late to the big art show.
When I’s dead, then you’s see!
You be sorry that you yelled at me.
Then you go and you’s all alone.
You can’t read a map and you has no phone!
I’s in Heaven and I’s looking down
See’s you driving all over town!
You’s gonna miss me, yes you are
When you’s go driving in you’s car!!!

Happy birthday, Di! And leave the door open when you go to bed, in case the Devil comes to take your soul!!!


Debra said...

Found you at Mari’s site at the announcement of the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! I see that indeed you are deserving, as this is one cool site. Got a kick out of “The Story of Us!” Newest Rogue here.

Karen S. said...

Us and you's "that's what friends are for! What a great (kinda teary here) poem between friends! I loved it! I already read your Centus yesterday...very cool! take care, and what a great group of friends you all are!

Pondside said...

I love, love, love that!
I had to enlarge the photo, of course, to see that pin. Too funny! I have an entire fruit cake that should be polyed!

Bruce Coltin said...

Where do I order my ancient fruit cake pin?

Akseli Koskela said...

I like that poem. The basic and incorrect English gives the poem a kind of innocence that works well with the subject matter of old friends.

Ames said...

Oh Judie that is a great poem. I wish I had a friend as genuine as you to write me neat poems. Heck I'd even wear a brooch made out of fruit cake too. What an awesome idea! Your friends sound lovely and genuine and ...well um...wacky! :D Love ya mean it!~Ames
P.S. You look great in the pic dahling!

Joann Mannix said...

Judie!!!!Hi, I'm back. Yes, I am. Revisions are done and in the hands of my critique partner and I think it is about to be wrapped up. Love the poem. What a great tribute to a friend. And friends with dehydrated fruitcake on their head are the best kind of friends to have.

JJ said...

Judie: Great minds run in the same channel.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

What a wonderful poem for a wonderful friend! It's full of heartfelt warmth and humor and obviously for someone you care tons about.

Terry Mills said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend. If I were judging a poetry contest, your poem would take First Prize. Reading it was very emotional for me; also the beautiful music. Are you trying to make me CRY???

nothingprofound said...

Judie-what a wonderful gift of humor you have. You bring joy into everybody's life.

Count Sneaky said...

Such a clever poem for a friend. I may have to award yous a oak leaf clusters for yur Bronze Award Fur Whatever. I agree with your comment on Aphorism For the Day...This excess of optimism and positive thinking wes exposed to daily is not enlightening. Wes need more humor...more poems like you's. My best

Count Sneaky said...

RE: Thea Haubrich... My wife also finds it much easier to snatch off her hair and wash it in the sink. She has just finished up chemo for a double mastectomy...and her hair is starting to come back out.. so this drawing is a fine way to capture this ordeal. We are not our hair...course being almost completely bald myself, thanks to Mom Nature, I realized this a few decades ago. My wife can't draw, but I can and I just didn't have the heart, because it was such an ordeal for her. But, she is doing much better now and only has to take some fluids and no chemicals. My best.

Life in Rehab said...

Oh, Judie, I never know what to expect from you, but it's always great!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Judie, this is so special...I love that poem and the picture--How totally awesome!

That is a gorgeous picture of you--your hair is so beautiful and you don't look like you could ever need to go on a starvation diet!


bluzdude said...

Aww, that was sweet, Judie. Well done.

And fruit cake makes much better jewelry than it does dessert.

askcherlock said...

Judie, what an awesome tribute to your friend! You bring you to all of us and I love what you do with fruitcake! It's positively the best use of it I've ever seen. :)

Judie said...

The fruit cake pin is strictly Di's! She's had that fruitcake since LONG before we became friends!

Vicki/Jake said...

mwahaha! Yous both sound like a couple of fruit cakes! Love it:)