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Barney of Mayberry

Taking time to cry for one who made us laugh

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 26, 2006

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Barney of Mayberry
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.

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Brooks Gardner from Mebane, North Carolina writes:
February 26, 2006
As a native Tar Heel, Mayberry was real. Named for Andy's home town, Mt. Airy. As a student at UNC-CH, Andy developed his folksy ways. Barney became and extension of that concept. A concept that would not stand muster for good comedy today. Today we still watch reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, not necessarily for the comedy created by Barney, but the life lessons taught on that show.

Thanks to Greg for his verse about our old friend, Barney!

Linda Morse from Sidney Nebraska writes:
March 10, 2006
Don (Barney Fife) was the best. Crying and loving him…I believe I have seen every episode of Andy Griffith and I continue to watch and never tire of Barney and the gang. When Don passed I felt sik as though I had lost a brother or a son. I still get a knot in my stomach just thinking he is no longer with us. God Bless you Don and keep them laughing in heaven until we can laugh with you again.

mike mikota from Helena, Montana writes:
March 21, 2006
The greatest comedy show of all time. Sweet, funny and always a lesson to be learned.

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