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Joe Cottonwood


Stout little ladies
populate our town
wearing bright gowns
hair in buns.
From ears, chains dangle.
From noses, drip.
They rarely speak
but sometimes shout
when fire breaks out.
They never philander
with bystanders
but somehow when it matters
they propagate
at prodigious rate
on new streets for new houses,
new babes
in bright blouses.

© by Joe Cottonwood.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Joe Cottonwood is a semi-retired contractor with a lifetime of small jobs repairing homes. He lives with his high school sweetheart under redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, caring for curly-haired dogs and straight-haired grandchildren. Joe's latest book is Random Saints. Learn more about him at




Post New Comment:
Robert Walton:
"New babes in bright blouses" promise the best kind of help!
Posted 10/09/2018 02:10 AM
Lori Levy:
Unique metaphor!
Posted 10/08/2018 01:04 PM
Sweet and yes, again we celebrate the rhyme... young persons love it!
Posted 10/08/2018 08:43 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love the metaphor of fire hydrants as stout little ladies wearing bright gowns and their hair in buns. The poem was unique, charming, humorous and delightful. It had perfect rhythm.
Posted 10/08/2018 08:27 AM
The rhymes, the rhymes, the rhymes.
Posted 10/08/2018 08:23 AM
Everything is a poem!! Love this!!!
Posted 10/08/2018 07:58 AM
Larry Schug:
Through new eyes...
Posted 10/08/2018 07:40 AM

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