Aunt Clarabelle

Aunt Clarabelle

A Poem by barleygirl
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based on a true character from my life . . .

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Every family fosters folklore that beckons
my feral Aunt Clarabelle was one, I reckon
a daunting presence in raggedy jeans
defining “womanly” for me in my teens
she dared anyone to evaluate her looks
spoke like a cowpoke, like she read no books
but taking her for a fool would be a mistake
she could whup yer a*s with a rattlesnake
taming the land and breaking wild horses
the only adult I knew who didn’t do divorces
nobody gentlemanly ever courted her buns
somehow she bore three very different sons
just as Clarabelle toiled the farm as a pup
so she expected her young boys to man up
another of life’s lessons: there’s no love lost
her offspring launched early to be sea-tossed
none of us ever saw Ben, Seth or Chad again
not long after that, Clarabelle hit the wind
some say she died alone in a trailer in a holler
(not that anyone ever located her squalor)
old legends don’t die, they just fade away
she lived off the grid and all we know is hearsay.




© 2018 barleygirl



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Sounds like a very wild and carefree soul....but seems like she had her fun but got lost with time......
I guess if you had to write a poem about an aunt ...and if she was so colourful...it sure had to be one hell of life she lived. .
But the ending seems sad...to have no one know what happened to her.... ...
Never liked sad endings but I guess life in reality is like that ... :)

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Even tho her ending felt sad, I always looked up to her for being independent & living how she wante.. read more
Ardra

3 Months Ago

I can see her influence on you...
I guess we all have one aunt who is our fav...
And .. read more
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Love this share! I can just imagine you two in a fun little discussion over it *smile*



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Aunt Clarabelle sounds like someone we all know. An earthy, robust write about the whims and eccentricities of a character which despite them is something we will not forget in a hurry. Liked reading on her, Margie.

Hugs,
M.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I love drawing character profiles in words becuz I'm not into "predictable" people! *wink! wink!* Th.. read more
What a hoot. Every now and then people come into our world that are larger than life. Excellent tribute.

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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I posted this on Facebook, too, & my older sister commented that she never met Clarabelle (altho eve.. read more
A wonderful story shared my friend. Old myth and legend of our family. We must pass-on. I liked this woman. Thank you Marge for sharing the amazing story.
Coyote

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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I do love the old family myths . . . maybe even better than the real-life family crap! *wink! wink!*.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

I have a few tales dear Margie. I enjoyed the story.
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Gee
Sounds like she knew what she wanted, took no s**t, and didn't suffer fools or slackers. A good role model for any woman of any era.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I needed her example to counterbalance mom's example of chronic neediness & insecurity! *wink! wink!.. read more
This brings to mind a distant relative. Native American in the current political correctness. Five-Killer was her name!

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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Oh, you need to write about Five-Killer!!!! (if you haven't already!) I just love these old relics. .. read more
love this Margie
you sure do have a way with words
love this i reallyl do xxx

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am truly being given words as a gift lately, since I don't .. read more
I wish you could find her; I'd like to know that woman.

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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

As the youngest of our big clan, I was too young to know some of my mysterious relatives when they w.. read more
angel

3 Months Ago

My gran used to tell us that we were "'descended from Cpt. Henry Morgan, swashbucklin' pirate, later.. read more
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I posted this poem on Facebook & one of my older sisters commented: she had never even met Aunt Clar.. read more
Margie - to say the least your aunt was a very strong willed,independent woman.
Send me your email address and I'll send you a copy of my sequel, "Peggy and Her Friends" to "The Courtship of John's Wife." In it you'll find Peggy, John's mother-in-law, she is quite a character, she was based on my own mother-in-law.

I hope you love it - Dave

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

That sounds good. I will enjoy reading it. I love reading about unusual characters from real life. T.. read more
Dave

3 Months Ago

More than welcome - I'm sure you know.
Take care - Dave
i like here free spirit and liberal attitude towards life... someone whom you can respect because she has the guts to express and enjoy life no matter what... she is one person who loves being free and acting freely.. totally unique individual

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barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I feel lucky to have many strong female characters in my family who did not follow the usual gender .. read more
I’ve heard of Urban Legends, but this poem is a delightful and excellently written Folk Legend. Aunt Clarabelle- so well-drawn, from her name to her jeans to her “whup your a*s with a rattlesnake” ornariness and strength! The lore of your family femme-fatal is chronicled almost as a Paul Bunyan among women here, and I can see how her individuality and free-spirited non-conformity rubbed off on you dear Margie. Thank goodness for that! The perfection of the structure, cadence, rhyme and musicality of this poem is remarkable. I hear it spoken or sung backed by guitar, harmonica, dulcimer, fiddle. She is a woman of passion, just like her niece! And your story of Aunt Clarabelle and her ill-fated sons ends in delicious mystery, adding much elan to the folk legend feel. Love her, this poem and your writing! Xo

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Don't tell me you're a fan of Paul Bunyan, too! This might be another of those "Horse With No Name" .. read more

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