Ma and Pa Ware


12  SEPT 1945-22 JAN 2009

During our travels doing research, we found this 63 acre farm in east central Alabama for sale. It had been empty for 2 years, but still in good shape.

Our children up and gone, being “empty nesters”, we decided to sell our  home in Daytona Beach,  and move to Alabama.

The following is a “romantic version” of our first days in the country style.

We got tired of city living,

And got ourselves believing,

That country life is the way to go.

So we found ourselves a quiet place,

And quit the city rat race,

And moved way out of town, now don’t you know!

Well, we got this rundown farm place,

From some folks that couldn’t keep pace,

With the way things are this day and age.

We got right down to fixin’

And frills, we kept a nixin’

And “How To” books we’ve read page after page!

The fauna and the flora,

Growing right outside our doora,

Was enough to make us blow our minds!

There were brambles, limbs, and shrubbery,

Enough to make knees rubbery,

And funny looking weeds of every kind!

So I bought this old Sears tiller,

From our neighbor, Lester Miller,

And I must admit this thing looked a fright!

Well, I cranked ‘till my elbow parted,

But I finally got ‘er started,

And we plowed up every plot in sight!

Then we broke our backs and shoulders,

Moving rocks, and sticks, and boulders,

But we finally got our garden looking right!

From zuccini to asparagus,

Not a veggie seed escaped us,

And we dug, and hoed, and planted half the night!

Now the fauna and the flora,

That grows outside  our doora,

Is what we find upon the pantry shelf!

What’s coming from our garden,

May not be a dollar bargain,

But we can truly say, “We did it all ourselves!”


4 May 1980


Ma and Pa Ware — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Ray, You described it to a “T”. I had to smile because there is a town very near us named Eldora. I wonder if they ever had a “Doora” factory? 🙂
    Great poem. God Bless,


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