Ole McGarty  "In Honor of Gentleman Jim"

Ole McGarty "In Honor of Gentleman Jim"

A Poem by Tate Morgan
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"You know boys" he would always say "why if there's one thing I am not" "Attention grabbing back stabbing" "but I've won every fight I've fought"

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Jim McGarty

Jim McGarty 84 yrs old Picture from 1985 Quad City Downs.


McGarty twisting a new tale

his feet on the pot belly stove

There in the barn, he'd spin a yarn

piling on like a treasure trove

"You know I don't think I told you

how I won the second World War

Ole Ike, needed help with the Reich

and he looked to me and the corps"

 


"Now the country had called on me

Ike wanted us to break the line

So I told Dwight, schedule a flight

just drop us this side of the Rhine

Then my men and I took the field

laying waste such a German swath

Led all the men, yep there and then

survived only on bread and broth"

 


"Well we sought no recognition

I let Ike spin his fairy tale

We were fine, drinking Hitler’s wine

just happy to blaze the trail"

Jim had a weakness for the blondes

touting one on each of his arms

"Easy to see, why they like me

they're after me lucky charms"



He had claimed many a patent

while inventing all the great things

Held universities, degrees

knew all the heads of states and kings

Jim served in World War One and Two

circumnavigated the globe

Hung out on the Nile, for awhile

invented Nasa's first space probe

 

 

"You know boys" he would always say

"there are a couple things I'm not

Attention grabbing, back stabbing

though I've won every fight I've fought"

When the iced wind blew through the trees

we would gather ourselves around

That smiling face, McGarty’s place

where he entertained half the town





© 2018 Tate Morgan


Author's Note

Tate Morgan
Gentleman Jim:Teller of tall tales and whimsical dreams. He was the epitome of our childish inner selves.Take a bow McGarty. You were one of a kind and the worlds greatest storyteller.

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Great poem Tate, I think David's skill is rubbing off on you. Really good.....

Posted 8 Years Ago


people such as Ole Farley never die....great poem my friend

Posted 8 Years Ago


I knew that guy, Tate. He owned a prawn fishing fleet in Western Australia, had served in the S.A.S. in Vietnam, had the ear of a member of parliament, and could top any far flung story that anyone else could tell. He never had a job, though, lived on the dole as I remember. My hero - lol.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The Paget Meter or maybe the DLP Meter, I like it! I like "Ole Farley" too, and I love James Taylor. Trouble for me is I can't read and listen to Taylor at the same time.

Thank you for breaking down the Paget Meter.

Posted 8 Years Ago


lovely tribute to a great charector really enjoyed this poem

Posted 8 Years Ago


People need heros, inventors and astronauts...but they need entertainers too...

Posted 8 Years Ago



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