Poem -

As I Gather Socks...

Entry into Sock Contest with the wonderful Marionette, and beautiful Cheerie.

As I Gather Socks...

My kingdom for a warm, woolen, foot covering...in an argyle pattern! - King Louis XXI. 

Note: This poem is quite dear to me(thank you for starting this competition, Marionette), as I grew up on a small sock farm that my parents owned in rural Queens, NY. I can still remember picking the ripe socks in the morning sun, as the chickens cawed at it's arrival, and thinking to myself 'thems' a lot of socks there!' -M. 

As I gather socks today, 
Amongst the fields of wheat and whey, 
I think about a lovely girl, 
For whom some hose I would unfurl 

The sun it gathers on my brow, 
And gol' it burns, oh-oww, oh wow!
And yet I pick another 'left' 
While choosing errant SPF 

Gaily, we would run the fields, 
With socks upon our hands as shields 
And youthful fun in footed stalks, 
Turned into love as turned the clocks 

I met her as I picked a pair 
Of lovely argyle hanging there 
Our hands met thru the golden leaves, 
And stole my heart like stocking thieves 

And now I look at her and stare, 
At anklets that she loves to wear 
For with her socks she does bewilder, 
As that knitted line is all a-kilter! 

And so our love, it still remains, 
As long as no one uses Hanes 
And memories of those golden fields, 
Sew love of socks for which it yields. 

 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Matthew!  I could not stop laughing throughout this silly sock farm tale...How the heck do you come up with this stuff?  I need to peek in your brain to see if you have a sock drawer in there of stories or maybe a dryer where some are stuck in there!  Lol  I will never look at Hanes brand the same again...I love this line, "and stole my heart like stocking thieves:......Oh my gosh I can't stop laughing.  I had this really strange image of lovers running in a field with socks on their hands (Argyle socks of course) and reaching through stalks for a bit of touchy feely!  Lol....You are so hilarious!  I loved this!  My sides hurt from laughing...Thanks for waking me up today with humor...You are the best, my friend!  xo ;)  Love n Hugs, Cheerie   

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A Lonely Journey

Cheerie! 
You're the greatest! You're wacky, I love it! If we can't laugh about our socks, what can we laugh about? Thank you so much! 
I've always had a great affinity, and respect for socks. They're like the blue-collar article of clothing. They do smelly, grimy work, get stepped on all the time, and rarely get noticed, but they're always there. Recently, with the introduction of comically based, and bright colored socks, they're beginning to get some notoriety, but they still get tossed around, and will always play second fiddle to other outerwear, such as a sharp shirt, or some fancy slacks. I feel bad for them, but like you, am a big fan. 
Thanks for enjoying socks! 
L&H, 
Matthew. 

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Marion Price

Ha ha ha....Sorry...I shouldn't say it but...(whisper, whisper) this one made me laugh the most.( Through every line in fact)  Mathew Mathew, such a wonderful take on a pair of smelly socks lol lol lol 🤣🤣🤣 ...just to clarify, you set the challenge with your comment to me😆😆 and also...why am I not beautiful?? ...only Cherie?? Is a sunset not beautiful??? Lol lol lol...brilliant Mathew💕

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A Lonely Journey

Marionette, 
Thank you so much! And you're gorgeous, but I can't stare into your picture or I'll go blind, so I had to categorize you as wonderful. I'm so glad it made you smile, I bet that was a beautiful sight. 
The contest has really taken off, hasn't it? Everyone's getting involved, and I just got a call from Spielberg, he wants to do an off-Broadway play based on the contest, called This Really Socks!, starring Liza Minnelli as Marionette's poem, and George Tekai as the sock. It's going to be great...in a major flop type of way! I can't wait...although I'm very patient, and do not press the issue. 
Thanks for being so darn great, young lady! 
Hugs, 
Matthew. 

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Marion Price

Ah Mathew...a much needed laugh before work...keep being you my friend 💕

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A Lonely Journey

Thanks Marionette! 
I will, I tried being Roberto Cleftstomper for a while, but he became enraged when I put a hundred dollars worth of mutton on his charge card, and he kicked me upon the groin. So, I've got to be me...like the song. 
You're awesome, my friend! 

Matthew. 

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