Sunday, July 14, 2013

A wife-beater, argyle wearing Gentleman

  There was a 1909 Maxwell
With polished wooden spokes,
A fleet of impeccably restored Model Ts
A pair of proudly restored police cars,
A '69 Buick station wagon
That could rival a Hummer in width and breadth. 
A '79 Chevy Malibu
Just like Aunt Gert's

Yet, a wife-beater, argyle-socks wearing
With 30's garbed wife and teenager in tow,
Happily smiling for photo ops while
Hopefully spraying starter fluid
Into the engine of his 'ol Hudson
Was most memorable.
Surely he gave 100% on a sweltering day.
 He was not best of show,
Yet he reminded me of the many others
Interviewing for jobs,
Working on marriages,
Trying to fix family cars,
Saving for houses,
Playing for scouts,
Fighting for life
 Who may, or may not
Be best of show,
Yet, have reasons to smile,
They gave 100%.  


Betsy Hubbard said...

Giving 100%, fighting for life, those are words that speak to me.

Jaana said...

Cleaver and touching at the same time.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am taken by giving 100% and not so much about being "best in show."

Anonymous said...

I love the character that this man possesses - and the words you used to give him life in our eyes.