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Charlie and the Guava Tree
by Ross S Dix-Peek
Friday, October 22, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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About a young South African farmboy very adept at stealing hordes of guavas, and the irritation of the surrounding farmers (loosely modelled on the youthful escapades of my late and dear beloved father, Errol Dix-Peek).

 Charlie and the Guava Tree



Now, Charlie was a mischievous lad,

And on his face, a broad smile, always glad,

A farmer’s son he rambled far and wide,

In an almost graceful, bare-footed glide


One moment he was here, next he was gone,

Always about when the sun ably shone,

And the nemesis of the farmers when on a spree,

Always looking most intent for a Guava tree


For in his heart there was but one true love,

Those delicious guavas hanging high above,

And no matter day or night, no matter how hard,

He’d steal buckets-full in every farmyard


Now, the farmers knew it was him, no doubt,

But they couldn’t catch this clever little lout,

And how they hated this crafty thieve,

But, all to no avail, only a fistful of grief


Then one bright blue morn, a new farmer came,

Rifle ready, steely-eyed, and not at all tame,

His name was du Toit, and a soldier he’d been,

And there wasn’t much at all he had not seen


It was not long before his guava tree’s too were stripped

Of their delicious fruit, in Charlie’s hands gripped

But, this time the lad had gone a guava too far

Still didn’t know it, on a night bedecked with spangled star


Most stealthy he stole forth, not a sound to the wind,

Still haughty and arrogant, and ever so thick-skinned,

But this time Charlie would not again melt safely into the night,

For du Toit’s shower of buck-shot gave him one hell of a fright


And across the hills and veld, a most fearful howl

As Charlie tried to evade the farmer’s buckshot and scowl,

And in the distance heard Charlie’s mom her son’s woeful wail,

As he ran home with farmer du Toit hot on his trail


Suffice it to say he would never again steal

For those guavas no longer had great appeal,

From that night on the farmers could soundly sleep,

And from chastened Charlie, not so much as a peep.

































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Reviewed by Connie Faust 10/24/2010
This is an entertaining story, reminding me of a modern Aesop's Fable.
Also, makes me wish I could taste some Guava!
I enjoy your writing.

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