As For The Bad News…

As For The Bad News…

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


A young Granny Gee… Gloria Faye Brown Bates


From a distance a lone figure sat on a rock

The breeze teased her curly, blonde hair

Strands waved happily in the wind


As he got closer, he could see her smile

Eyes sparkling bright green

Happiness in colors were about her


Pink lips parted to show her teeth

An oyster opens up

To show its pearly whites


He stopped to hold the magic moment

For as long as he could

It’s rare to see happiness from her… like this


She laughed aloud seeing his expression

It tinkled on the air… the sound of delicate glass

Soft-colored, pastel glass


He wished this moment could last forever

Alas, it can’t… nothing lasts forever

There has to be good… and bad


I have news for you, good …and bad

The good is… you’ve won the lottery

The bad is… half of it is.. mine


He became the one smiling

Smiling with pure happiness

Not only was she the winner… he was, too


I want to borrow your half, please…

He told her in low, sweet… persuasive voice

I will double our money, more for you… more for me


She stood there in shock as her eyes became clear

Instead of her lover standing there… a stranger stood

She didn’t know this man any longer


He would take from her… her life’s winnings

Knowing without that… her dreams were dead

No love there…anymore… he took it all from her


As he stood there, smiling a smile that once won her heart

She, also, had some news for him… both good and bad

You see, the ticket was only in my name


So, who is the winner ‘now’, she asked

You don’t get half, nor get to double ‘our’ money

It’s mine… and now, it’s time for my dreams to come true


Her pink lips parted back into a smile

Revealing her pearly whites

Her eyes sparkled green, her laughter tinkled in the air


He thought her moment of happiness

Would last forever…

Because of his greed… he was the one who frowned


He knew he would have never ‘doubled’ their money

Once in his possession, it was his to keep

Flee, he would… to a far away place


He would have lived his dream

But, now… he got news both good… bad

He wasn’t happy at all


The good news was… he was free to leave this very moment

While he could… if he didn’t

He was going to find out the … bad news he didn’t want to know


He turned, ran like hell… back up the hill he came down

Forever he would be gone, he treasured his freedom

He’d tried to scam this girl


By trying to take all her money

The good news was… the money was all hers

The bad news was… there was none


She laughed all the way to the bank

Money in hand, skipping all the way

To make all her dreams come true… and then, some


He’d failed the test she put before him

She told him his name was on the ticket that won

In reality, it never was


If he’d passed the test as she hoped he would

He’d be smiling ear to ear now

Instead of… on the run


So, the good news is she won a lot of money

Swept the trash out of her life quickly

As for the bad news… there was… none





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