Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Happy Birthday, Libbie!
Our friend Libbie Anthony (that's her on the left in the picture) turns 70 today, May 10, 2011. She sent an email to many people reminding them of this fact and asking them to send her birthday greetings to make it a heck of a day.
She also mentioned that she had recently had a toe amputated. She ignored her diabetes for a few years, and regrets that now.
Lib & I used to sing together with Velvet Neifert as the trio Women, Women & Song. We sang our way up and down the West Coast all through the 1980s. It was a great ride, mostly, like all of life.
Two things I ask of my friends who read this: First, don't get all bent out of shape because I wrote a poem for Libbie's birthday and not for yours. If you want a poem, ask me, and I'll write one. Second, don't go chopping off any body parts in hopes that you'll inspire me. I mean, eew. Just email me or call and tell me what's been going on and I'll see what I can cook up for you. And remember, it takes time and effort to write even bad poetry.
Let's get to it. Here is Libbie's 70th Birthday poem:
In Memory of a Missing Toe
On the Occasion of the 70th Birthday
of Elizabeth Whitman Anthony
Oh late lamented toe!
That once with me did caper
With nail painted red
With graceful girlish taper
I took you as my due
The docs took you, you're gone
You've hit the finish line while all
The rest of me goes on
Ne'er again the other nine
To march with their comrade true
Ne'er again when I'm alert
Shall I be on my you
So thank you for the many years
The many miles you granted
I'll face the future without you
Albeit somewhat slanted.
Happy Birthday & Many Happy Returns
from Yr. Friend
Mary Litchfield Tuel