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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

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

8 Months Ago

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

8 Months Ago

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



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Yes, I love it. Yes, this reminds me of my own aunt. Though not as exciting as your aunt, mine is the type who says, "the hell with it" and goes where she pleases. Not even the wind musters enough strength to carry her away. It's this idea of independence that completely destroys the female stereotype. So beautiful and vibrant. Like always, amazing work, Margie!


Posted 3 Days Ago


Margie,
Your "feral" aunt sounds like an interesting person. You make her come alive with your own particulat straight at it style. Thanks.
Tom

Posted 3 Days Ago


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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

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

8 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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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!

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 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

8 Months Ago

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

8 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 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

8 Months Ago

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

8 Months Ago

More than welcome - I'm sure you know.
Take care - Dave

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