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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Hello Carl, How Are You Today?
By Patricia Williams
07/12/07


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HELLO CARL, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?


Small in stature, sound and keen
A happy zest, a giant dream.

A man of vision, a gift to speak
Onward to victory, inspite of defeat.

Serving his country, at home and away
With honor and dignity all of his days.

This bugtussel man of modest means
No gas in his car, no cash in his jeans,

He rose to the top and gained esteem.
From his friends the farmers to Kings and Queens.

He’s glad to be back from Washingtons fray
Back to McAlester, home to stay.

Back with his friends at the local café
It’s ”Hello Carl, how are you today?”

Inner happiness is a quality of spirit that radiates from within. The unspoken message that brings respect and trust is present. The self-confidence that shines through this inner happiness is like a magnet.

I knew this man who truly possessed these qualities, a true visual of the American dream. He wasn’t a fame seeker, just a real person who made a difference in Oklahoma, Carl Albert, Speaker of the House.


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Jan Ackerson 07/12/07
Great title, and this really made me want to know more about this man--so thanks for this poem.

FYI--"in spite" is always two words. And unless "bugtussel" is some local idiom, you stumped me with that one...

I like poetry to be short and spicy, and you've definitely achieved that!
Dee Yoder 07/12/07
I like this very much, too! What an honor to this humble man. Your poem is a charming tribute.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/14/07
Reading your poem made me want to know this man. That's definitely a sign of a masterful writer...to make your reader want more. Kudos!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/15/07
This is really a great character study/personal tribute poem.
Joanne Sher 07/17/07
Lovely tribute. Enjoyed this.
Kristen Hester07/18/07
This makes me want to know more about Carl. Nice job.