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She says, you can tell America
from the rest of the world
by the color of the wallpaper,
or lack thereof.
That southern hospitality is refreshing
after so many years in London.

The stuffed animal in her grasp
is named ‘Dog’.
When asked why, she says
"are you blind, it is a dog after all."

When the aide handed her a night gown
she asked if it was for sale.
He told her it was a gift,
but she could not accept it.
However, if he wanted to lend it to her
that would be “lovely”.

The aide was actually a woman.
When we told her so she replied,
“Well, she was a man
when he gave it to me.”

We laughed and she said, “Oh lovely then”
and laughed with us
while clapping her hands.

I can’t tell you how old she was;
any age beyond 80 would do.
I can’t tell you how crazy she was.
I imagine more than a little.

Needless to say,
I liked her immediately.
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ginangkelley Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Once in a great while I stumble upon something brilliant. This is one of those times. Great work, Poet :)
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Well thank you, poet. That's a very nice compliment :)
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KiddosPoet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're so freaking awesome.
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Well thank you, that's an awesome compliment :)
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this... it's humorous but in a warm emotional way
well done :iconclapplz:
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Well thank you very much :)
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :iconflowerforyouplz:
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
after reading the whole piece 2 more times the warmth is still there :hug: 
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on your DLD; I enjoyed this one. :)
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you, sir :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Writer
Congratulations on your DLD! :clap:
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Writer
You're very welcome, Jay. It was well deserved. :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Writer
:iconcongratulationplz:...on another DLD! I always liked this piece--at least I have for a while now. Seniors are not to be ignored.
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thank you, LJ :). And no, they should not be ignored :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Writer
You're welcome. (:
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Bark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Writer
Congratulations on the DLD!
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thank you, Ron
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent stuff. One thing I would appreciate is a better understanding of what Harvest Homes is, it sounds similar to something in this area but can't be sure :B
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thank you. It's a retirement home for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. I was dating one of the aides and met the English lady the day she arrived. This piece was inspired by our conversation.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, I see!
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you so much for the DLD :)
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tickersymbol Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully and powerfully portrayed. :heart:
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Jay, I cannot tell you how much I love this. It's such a beautiful perspective and presented so respectfully. Wonderful. :heart:
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Well thank you, Rachel. I had a feeling you'd enjoy this one.
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You know me. :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Writer
Your wonderful work has been showcased here: fav.me/d707vjx
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Very kind, thank you :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Writer
You're welcome. :) It was suggested to me 3 times!
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Oh, well that's nice to know :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Writer

I'm about to just say "wow" and almost leave it at that, but I can't.

You wrote a character seen in steps of prose, yet one who is quick to speak her piece and laugh.

I can only send a message up somewhere that I can be like that at over eighty. Thank you. :+fav:

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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
You're welcome, LJ and thank you for the read and comment. You know I appreciate it. Oh and I'm sure you'll have it going on at over eighty as well :)  
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Writer
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i-am-a-bridgewalker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
people who can create such stunning character pieces with a handful of moments blow my mind every time.
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013

She was quite an inspiration to be sure. I’d only sat with her a couple of times when I wrote this, or rather it wrote itself. Anyway I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to me or her, but I appreciate it all the same. I also appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, thank you :)

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DamagedHomewrecker Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely beautiful! This is sad and bright all at the same time.
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Well thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You know, this is incredibly heartwarming and yet there is a touch of sadness. All of the little details that make this woman alive, and even more so knowing that she exists.

Everything about this speaks of fall, even the title. It seems to ruminate about the declining years of life, while stating that all is not yet over. There's still plenty of color and joy before the winter finally comes.

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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013

Heartwarming and sad pretty much sums it up in my opinion. Her personality and sense of humor drew me in and then her situation bummed me out. I’m glad this one got some attention though, kind of like shining a light on her. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, thank you :)

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StormBringer23 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Sleyf nailed it. Great work.
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thank you :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! :wave:
Congratulations! This has been featured in our Weekly Round-up!
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Thanks for writing it and choosing to submit it to the group too :heart:
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013

Oh that’s great, thank you for the honor. I really appreciate that :)

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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautifully written introduction to real person, you've done such a great job capturing the small nuiances of her personality that make her who she is and I think it makes for a very engaging read. I enjoyed "meeting" her, and though it's sad that she has been left in an unfamiliar place, I don't think she's been abandoned as you've introduced us all to her in a way now
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Jaybird101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013

Well, this is a wonderful comment. I thank you for that. I’m extremely glad you enjoyed it. She was just a chance encounter, one I could’ve easily missed. I observed from a distance at first, had no intention or will to actually meet her, but the aides were very busy trying to get her setup, before I knew it she was standing at my table. This piece came together pretty quickly after that :)    

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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Well there are people who say that everything happens for a reason, so I guess you were just meant to meet her, and share your meeting with us XD
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riparii Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
One of your best, I think.
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