The Birch Tree And Bobby


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The Birch Tree And Bobby

  1. 1. The Birch Tree and Bobby A Poem by Winston W Wallace
  2. 2. <ul><li>'Twas twixt twelve and twenty </li></ul><ul><li>When I believed I had plenty </li></ul><ul><li>Of everything in the way of hopes and dreams </li></ul><ul><li>I knew not of men and their schemes </li></ul><ul><li>I guess I stayed a little girl too long </li></ul><ul><li>I thought the only music was my song </li></ul><ul><li>And right always trumped over wrong </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>And evil was just a word I heard in church </li></ul><ul><li>All that was before I met Bobby Birch </li></ul><ul><li>I had just turned twenty two </li></ul><ul><li>When I met this boy with eyes so blue </li></ul><ul><li>And a smile that would knock you out </li></ul><ul><li>I was so in love I could shout </li></ul><ul><li>Little did I know what life was all about </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Bobby always had that assurance and that cocky walk </li></ul><ul><li>Boy, did he have that charm and that talk </li></ul><ul><li>And out of all the college girls he picked me </li></ul><ul><li>He said he would teach me to be free </li></ul><ul><li>He said I would be his and his alone </li></ul><ul><li>Those square old church days would be gone </li></ul><ul><li>And having fun would replace any sins I needed to atone </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>He would always come over and visit my dorm </li></ul><ul><li>It was so often it got to be the norm </li></ul><ul><li>And the chaste life I had once lived </li></ul><ul><li>Became a memory because I had gived </li></ul><ul><li>And gave until I could give no more </li></ul><ul><li>Finally I showed him the door </li></ul><ul><li>As long as he was in my life I would never soar </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Or even fly at all </li></ul><ul><li>I felt about two feet tall </li></ul><ul><li>He had taken all my self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>And my little girl dream </li></ul><ul><li>Of being somebody my town would be proud of </li></ul><ul><li>I had the spirit of a wounded dove </li></ul><ul><li>And this pain would be hard to rise above </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>So I left the city and Bobby Birch </li></ul><ul><li>Went back home and rejoined my church </li></ul><ul><li>And the sun seemed to shine again </li></ul><ul><li>Mom started joking about happiness being my twin </li></ul><ul><li>And Dad said he was glad that twinkle was in my eye </li></ul><ul><li>I was so at peace I needed to cry </li></ul><ul><li>But soon it all fell apart and here is why </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Bobby Birch had not taken me leaving lightly </li></ul><ul><li>Seems I was in his dreams nightly </li></ul><ul><li>And he stilled loved me and wanted me by his side </li></ul><ul><li>He always said together we would ride </li></ul><ul><li>But I didn't want to be on his train </li></ul><ul><li>Because he was cruel and insane </li></ul><ul><li>He would only cause me misery and pain </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>But now he was back and staring in my face </li></ul><ul><li>My cheeks were flushed and my heart started to race </li></ul><ul><li>You should not have left me he said </li></ul><ul><li>You are going to wish you were dead </li></ul><ul><li>Then he grabbed me and threw me in his trunk </li></ul><ul><li>It was dark and it stunk </li></ul><ul><li>It reeked of empty beer cans strewn in with the junk </li></ul>
  10. 10. And clutter of Bobby's old car This loser wouldn't get far Surely someone had seen him abduct me Surely the police will capture him and I will be free But time passed as we roared through the dark I started thinking about dying and leaving no mark Suddenly the car started slowing and I though he was going to park
  11. 11. <ul><li>The old car sputtered to a stop </li></ul><ul><li>Soon it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop </li></ul><ul><li>Bobby slowly got out and started to whistle in the night </li></ul><ul><li>I had never known such fear or fright </li></ul><ul><li>He slowly opened the trunk lid with his key </li></ul><ul><li>And in the darkness his face I started to see </li></ul><ul><li>He was coming at me with a knife screaming “ I'll set you free” </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>He thrust it into my body again and again </li></ul><ul><li>“ This will atone you from all your sin </li></ul><ul><li>No woman ever leaves Bobby Birch </li></ul><ul><li>Soon you will be lying dead in that church </li></ul><ul><li>All dressed up in your coffin with people filing by </li></ul><ul><li>Your family will cry and the old men will sigh </li></ul><ul><li>As they bid you that final goodbye” </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>&quot; Honey, it's time to wake up and get out of bed&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>In the nightmare those words my mother said </li></ul><ul><li>“ Come on sweetheart you must have been having a dream </li></ul><ul><li>You were thrashing about so hard you tore the pillow seam </li></ul><ul><li>And look at those covers all over the floor </li></ul><ul><li>It's a good thing I heard you through the door </li></ul><ul><li>Let's get ready for church and I won't mention it anymore&quot; </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>I told my twelve year old friend the next day at school </li></ul><ul><li>About the nightmare I had and she looked at me like a fool </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Oh, you have such an imagination&quot; she said </li></ul><ul><li>That story would frighten the dead&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>That night Dad was reading the paper to me and Mom </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hey here is a story about a fellow taking his girl home from the prom </li></ul><ul><li>Man this story is a bomb&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>&quot;It just blows up in your face </li></ul><ul><li>How could stuff like this take place </li></ul><ul><li>It happened over at Centerville late last night </li></ul><ul><li>Two lovers got into a quarrel and then a fight </li></ul><ul><li>His girlfriend stabbed him to death beneath the tall birch </li></ul><ul><li>His name was Bobby and tomorrow they will file by him at the church </li></ul><ul><li>It looks like for the girlfriend they still need to search&quot; </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>I am just sitting here playing with my dolls in the house </li></ul><ul><li>School is out for the summer and it's quiet as a mouse </li></ul><ul><li>The leaves are dark green on the trees </li></ul><ul><li>And down in the meadow the flowers are attracting bees </li></ul><ul><li>The Earth spins around and everything has its place </li></ul><ul><li>I see love and contentment on every face </li></ul><ul><li>I am happy to be a little girl in the human race </li></ul>
  17. 17. The End