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Under the Bough

Under the Bough

I found posted
A flyer on a wall
“Summer Program”
Mr. Johnson said, “Why not?
This might be good for you.”
Two weeks passed
Then Carl Munger
A towering man, a minister, and an educator
His confidence, his smile, the twinkle in his eye
Sealed the deal.

A promise made to father on his deathbed
His sister and her husband, my benefactors
Drove us up San Marcus Pass
Mother sat silently giving me anxious glances
While I looked out the window into the distance
The Pass meandered through the hills
Lord’s Candles giving way to hayfields and Valley Oaks
Right turn on Figueroa Mountain Road, down a gravel driveway
To a dusty stop next to a large cast iron dinner bell
Under the bough of a towering oak
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Written on February 26, 2023

Submitted by gbaranoff on February 26, 2023

Modified on March 15, 2023

40 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 727
Words 136
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 1, 10, 10

Gregory Baranoff

Gregory Baranoff was born in Shanghai, China to Russian parents and came to the United States in the early sixties. more…

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  • dougb.21370
    In visiting a place and allowing it to elicit images if an important friend or event. Ee all have such places, if we will only slow down. How you get to the bough beside the bell Is interesting.
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