. . . Just Thumbin' Down the Reaper

Updated on November 10, 2016
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Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.

 United Methodist Church U.S. North Carolina Conference  United Methodist Church U.S. Western North Carolina  Conference
United Methodist Church U.S. North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church U.S. Western North Carolina Conference | Source

Just thumbin' down The Reaper
Sinking down in sin, lies, and smoke deeper and deeper.
I know that ridin' might be cheaper
I'm just standin' here thumbin' down The Reaper.

I've heard he's a nasty jug of ugly bones
A filthy hood and mournful moans.
A sickle sharp and curses low
Beggin' us fools to faint and go.

Now dat ol' Reaper he's not my kin
He's a shadow thin of skinny skin.
Feet of bone and hands of ice
Pets a serpent and feeds *us rice.

Image taken from page  613 of 'Na úsvitě nové doby.  Dějiny roku 1848
Image taken from page 613 of 'Na úsvitě nové doby. Dějiny roku 1848 | Source

I'm thumbin' down The Reaper
The whore's a nice girl, but I can't keep her.
I got her once, maybe thrice
Reaper sold her coat and gamblin' dice.

Ol' Reaper's the funniest thang
Showed hisself in my dern's and dang's.
Middle of cotton field so white
At my bedside at stroke of midnight.

I'm just thumbin' down The Reaper
Such a soothing gent
Although walking, stalking and running
Wouldn't cost me this last cent.

Page taken from page  197 of Melaia; and other poems.
Page taken from page 197 of Melaia; and other poems. | Source

I know it's wrong, but Reaper don't judge
He sticks his blade dripping with sludge.
Licking his bones he flicks his cloak
Slaps his bony legs at what I spoke.

Now I'm thumbin' down The Reaper
He got no name, but what a creeper.
No jail time and hates thu' sunshine
Ol' Reaper dat new buddy o' mine.

Wind's pickin' up and Reaper's late
Hounds-a lickin' my soul at Devil's gate.
I hear his teeth a clicking away off
I'm ridin' with Reaper jumpin' outta da loft.

*us rice--could be understood as the smallest of compassionate acts of still life.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Jodah,

        Thanks for the comment, my good friend. And leave it to you

        to find something in my text that I thought would not be

        discovered. Humor.

        What a sharp sense of logic you have.

        Happy 2017.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Ruby Jean,

        You are very appreciated. Thanks for the time and words

        that will be remembered always.

        Happy 2017.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        DreamerMeg,

        Your comments about this hub made me feel warm inside

        and cheerful when I read them.

        Thank you and appreciate you.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Yoleen,

        You are a poet too?

        Loved your verbiage.

        Peace.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Say Yes to Life,

        Great comment, friend.

        Thank you sincerely.

        Peace and a Great 2017.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Dear Sakina,

        Awee, how sweet. You have such wonderful words.

        Thanks for the comment. Write me anytime.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        MizBejabbers,

        Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a profound comment.

        I have to agree with you.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        As I read I could just picture the Reaper so I'm glad I wasn't reading this late at night. Love your creativity on this one. I think your poems and stories would do well on the site NIUME where I recently signed up. If you like come in on my link https://niume.com/pages/post/?postID=136992

        Hope you have a great new week.

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        Sakina Nasir 

        21 months ago from Kuwait

        Love your writing style! I admire writers a lot and wish to be one myself. I hope I get inspired to do well like you, in the book I am writing for Wattpad...

        I know it's a lot to ask, but could you help me by giving sound criticism about my writing?

        Great job! Keep it up! ☺

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        Yoleen Lucas 

        21 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

        "Whether a king or a street sweeper,

        We all have a date with the Grim Reaper."

        - Gary Gilmore, the first person to be executed in Utah after the death penalty was reestablished in 1975.

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        DreamerMeg 

        21 months ago from Northern Ireland

        Like this poem. Some times thumbin down the grim reaper is a mercy but mostly he appears when we don't expect or want him, even if we have been thumbing him down!!

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        John Hansen 

        21 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Who would have thought a poem about the Grim Reaper could be so humorous. Love this, Ken.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        21 months ago from Southern Illinois

        Another good one Kenneth! The Reaper is ' dat ' mean ole Devil.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        21 months ago

        It is a good one. We all have probably evaded the Reaper many times.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        21 months ago from Norfolk

        Very nice Kenneth, I think one of your best yet:)

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