“Bodacious Words I Miss” by R. Gerry Fabian

In the days of door to door salesmen,
my grandmother would say,
“Here comes another charlatan.”

My fourth grade nun stressed,
“There will be no tomfoolery.”

I made the baseball team
because the coach said
I had spunk and moxie.

My father constantly referred to our neighbor
as a blithering idiot.

My mother cautioned me almost daily
to come right home from school and not
to gallivant around.

I wasn’t allowed to wear dungarees
to school under any circumstances.

In high school, I had the chutzpah
to take Mary Ann behind the gym bleachers
where we would buss
in between class changes.

 

 

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor.  He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. He has published two books of poems, Parallels and Coming Out Of The Atlantic. His novels, Memphis Masquerade, Getting Lucky (The Story) and Seventh Sense are available at all ebook publishers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes and Noble. Gerry is currently working on his fourth novel, Ghost Girl, which is scheduled for publication in 2020. His web page is https://rgerryfabian.wordpress.com.

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