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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:01 am

turtle township poem #13

as a kid I scarcely knew jean davis
she was one of the older kids in
turtle her name was maxworthy
I called her up many years ago
said I’ve been reading about you
in the paper – WHAT!? – you were
queen I said in the 4-H pageant
1937 in janesville your float led
the parade you wore a peach gown
she started to laugh that was my
graduation dress! well that began
our late-years friendship when she
died I went to her funeral found
she’d written the ceremony herself
her life her obit and had recorded
herself singing her favorite hymns
it was a remarkable event even with
no mention of the 4-H queen honor
those maxworthys were all unusual
wait till I tell you about her brother

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