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Poem by Joe Hoover from Greencastle Pa.

A few years back I somehow stumbled onto a web site called Christian Activities. They were going to make a poetry book called A Tribute to Mayberry. Throughout my years in life I have had several friends tell me that I should have been some kind of poet or writer but not having the will or determination I have never pursued this option. So just to satisfy myself and others I grew a beard and started to think. I figured if it worked for Goober it might work for me. I sat down one day and in a few minutes I came up with this poem and sent it to Christian Activities. Low and behold I purchased the poetry book and what do you know my poem was featured beside of Don Knotts picture when he passed away in 2006. Some of you may have read this before but I thought it would be nice to let new members read it too. So here it goes...

Time has passed Barn's gone a separate way

but my love for him remains to this day

For the memories he has left me lie deep in my heart

just time alone can't make them part

He made me laugh he made me smile

he made me forget about life for a while

I was taken to a place I could only dream to be

in a friendly peaceful town called Mayberry

Where things were so simple but so full of life

with Andy and Opie, Aunt Bea and Deputy Fife

They'd sit on the front porch and fill the air with song

friends till the end no matter what went wrong

I don't have to tell you, you probably know

memories like this are so hard to let go

But it's a healing thing that will just take time

Barn's forever in my heart and always on my mind

So I'll deal with the pain I'll deal with the sorrow

wondering if there will be a better tomorrow

But life has to go on and I'll always remember the man

with a bullet in his pocket and a gun in his hand.

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Comment by Keevy Hazelton on January 28, 2015 at 12:49pm

Nice, Nat.  I'm clutched.

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