Murdo Girl…It’s July 28th again

Though we’re different sides of the same coin

His advanced age I would not purloin

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Mom and Billy in front of the Murdo Locker. You can see the reflection of the water tower in the window

His mind is still like a steel trap

Unless he misses his daily nap

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Billy and Mom at our cousin Blake Haverberg’s home about 25 years ago

On long shots, he’ll make the bet

He’ll take a risk with no offset

When we were kids, we sometimes fought

He has a temper… (I do not)

He tells lots of stories… Go figure

Each time I hear them, they get bigger

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Fishing in the Black Hills… The fish is almost as big as his cigar

He keeps up with the latest news

He’s not afraid to share his views

New technology drives him crazy

He has the knowledge… but it’s hazy

If you’re his friend, it’s forever

Those close ties he’ll never sever

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At one of the Mesa, AZ Jones County gatherings

I guess he’s my favorite brother

I wouldn’t trade him for another

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Billy and his much younger sister at one of the Murdo all school reunions

But…

All those years we raced to school

Why did he have to be so cruel

I’d get ahead… I knew I’d win

Then he’d pass me up again

That last race, I was ready

I’d run the race fast and steady

But I just plain ran out of gas

He smiled at me as he ran past

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Billy and me several years before the final race.

Addendum

I’ll end this poem in a nice way

It’s my brother, Billy’s, birthday

And

I love him more than I can say

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Recent photo of Billy
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Billy’s family and mine with Uncle Chuck Francis
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Billy and Gus at a social distance gathering

(Most these pictures are pretty old, but I like them)

4 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…It’s July 28th again

  1. sanjuan831 July 28, 2020 / 10:03 am

    Does he write a poem for you in December on your bday as good as this one? Don’t answer that.
    What a guy. We are all super lucky to know this one of a kind character.

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    • Anonymous July 28, 2020 / 10:10 am

      No poem, but the family calls and sings every single year on my birthday. It’s down to him and Liz now. I nailed him didn’t I?

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  2. vkennerk July 28, 2020 / 7:13 am

    Wish I had a brother like Billy….and a sister like his!!!What fun memories VikSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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    • Anonymous July 28, 2020 / 10:12 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Vickie. He’s an amazing person and a great brother and I hope he reads this comment.

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