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she, the practical godmother 
of re purposed filled lives
did so, not out of
fad or fashion
or deep cosmic guilt

but rather frugality
borne out of
horse drawn necessity

with Alma
one was never allowed
to simply "be"

a spoon could not
just stir
a kettle had to do more than
just boil

one trick extravagances
had no business
in her business

for Alma
"just doing your bit"
was an unforgivable sin
and a grotesque waste
of limitless talent

she eschewed
the flock trotted superhighway
and blazed her own way
in inventive fashion

the future
sewn and soldered 
formed from 
whatever she had on hand
waiting to be reborn
and twisted 
drifting from the past

Rene ~ July 2013


  1. Alma sounds like an amazing woman, full of strength, one to be admired. Really enjoyed this!

  2. i rather like alma's standard of living...not settling to just doing your bit and wasting talent...not much one for the flock trotted superhighway as well...smiles.

  3. Re-purposed filled life...that made me giggle...

  4. You have created a wonderful character here! She 'lives' in your words! Nice.

  5. What a wonderful world Alma lives in! Hehehehe! I'm still chuckling!

  6. ..."but rather frugality borne out of horse drawn necessity". I resonate with those lines. Sounds like a hard working gal!

  7. i like this character, never could be quite was she was supposed to be

    fancy hov ridin'

  8. Never do anything out of fad or fashion, I say. Always be an original!
    I'm a bit of an Alma.

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  10. Oops - Try again!

    A car called Alma? Now that sounds like fun...

  11. This is so charming, love the character of the poem awesome job

  12. I like your Alma ...........

  13. Takng sustainability to a new level !

  14. Alma sounds like my kind of person. I love how lovingly this is written.

  15. I have been to Alma, Arkansas many times, and it did not seem like all that much of an enterprising town to me. Maybe I need to go take another look--huh?

  16. Thank you for posting the great content…I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing

  17. I think I like Alma's way of looking at things. And so cleverly written.



  18. recycling, reusing,
    repurposing....all wonderful things to do! I love Alma!


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