Andy's tailor alters his only suit
transforming it from a wedding one
to one befitting a funeral.
Gomer's pile of discarded Kleenex
grows more mountain-like
by the moment.
It's all because Barney's fife
remains in its case
having sounded its last note.
The community band
of trumpets and tubas,
of clarinets and flutes
will never seem the same.
Yes, Mayberry's loveable deputy
has turned in his badge for good.
The carefree tar-heel town
is jailed by sorrow today.
Aunt Bea and Otis
and Goober and Floyd
are searching in vain for the key.
It's no wonder
Mayberry's resident whistler is silent.
Even Opie's at a loss for words.
But then, so are the rest of us.
Those big bulging eyes
and high piercing voice
won our innocent hearts
in a much simpler time.
But that was then
and now is now.
The death of Don knots our guts.
It lumps our throats.
The one who made us laugh so loud
now causes us to cry.
Peace to your memory, Barn.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.