Gwen Petersen
Big Timber, Mont.

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Gwen Petersen: In a Sow’s Ear 3-10-14

Usually my birthday day goes by and I merely check the dates on my driver’s license to know my correct age. Not this year. Some friends collaborated, schemed and organized a party to end all parties. The Fates were on my side. For three days, we had below zero temperatures, lots of snow, wind and discomfort. Then, as can happen in Montana, the temperature went from 15 below to 50 above in one day! Which day you ask? Well, naturally the day of the party! The occasion kinda choked me up and brought on a poem ... of sorts. I’m not shy; I’ll share ...

Older Than Dirt

(tune Battle Hymn of the Republic)

The num’ral 86, my friends,

has raised in me a doubt

Will I be 86’d like trash because

I’ve got the gout

Like a worn out pair of shoes,

will people toss me out

Just because I’m old?

Cho…

Glory, glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

But I ain’t dead! Not yet!

My balance has been 86’d,

I have to watch my step

On winter’s icy streets,

I could have a bad upset

I bellyache and holler and complain

I’ve lost my pep

Because I’m gosh-darned old.

Glory, glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

But I ain’t dead! Not yet!

I’ve bounced along the trail of life

without a guiding clue

Boldly going nowhere,

and not knowin’ what to do

Now I’m at St. Peter’s gate,

and a little bit confused

And I’m doggone old.

Glory, glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

But I ain’t dead! Not yet!

It’s oer the hill I’ve gone

and I’m riding with the tide

I’m singin’ and I’m laughin’,

for despair I can’t abide

Here’s a toast my friends,

thanks for standing by my side

As the trail I’ve rode.

Glory, glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

Glory glory I’m an old gal

But I ain’t dead! Not yet!

No ... I ain’t dead! Not yet! ❖


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