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The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry is a compilation of poems by various authors from across the country that celebrate "the good ol' days" and the simple life in Mayberry.
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The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry
2008 Edition coming September 2008!
Compilation of 230 poems by 68 poets from 23 states and Washington, D.C.
90 pages, trade paperback, illustrated with cast photos and photographs of Mount Airy, NC, the home town of Andy Griffith.
$12.95 + $2.95 s&h
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"Now That Barney's Gone"
Second cousin, or maybe third,
I never was quite sure.
My high school pal and long-time friend,
For such friendships endure.
Then he became my deputy
So I could watch his back.
He had a knack for accidents
And trouble, that’s a fact.
Folks say he needed me,
But I think they are wrong.
I think I needed him...
Now my friend is gone.
Mayberry is a special place;
I love this little town.
My son and aunt live here with me,
And I have friends around.
Miss Helen Crump’s my sweetheart -
I’ve reason to be content.
But part of me’s in Raleigh now,
‘Cause that’s where Barney went.
Folks say I have it made,
And they aren’t far from wrong,
But some joy left this place
Once Barney was gone.
So I sit in the courthouse and
I do my job alone.
I’ve been through several deputies;
None seemed to quite belong.
I spend some time with Howard or Goob
At Meyer’s lake or here at home,
But nothing’s quite the way it was
Before Barney was gone.
Folks say that I have changed,
And I don’t think they’re wrong,
For nothing’s quite the same
Now that Barney’s gone.
No, my life’s not the same...
Now that Barney’s gone.
"Bump in the Road"
Just a bump in the road;
There's not much to see,
But we'd all love to visit
Just a small Southern town
With its long-ago charm
Where a child can go roaming
With no thought of harm.
Where a boy can climb trees,
Or sell salve door to door,
Ride his bike through the town
Like so often before,
Race the new girl to Wally's,
Running fast, jumping high,
Raise some small baby birds
'Til they learn how to fly.
Yes, this small Southern town
Sometimes sparkles like gold,
Though there's not much to see --
Just a bump in the road.
He chose the badge above the gun
And to the badge held true.
He put the badge above himself,
A life of service knew.
The badge came to define the man;
But whether on or off,
The man embodied all its worth -
The badge just pinned to cloth.
He held the town above his needs,
His son above the rest.
He followed what the Good Book taught
And sought to do his best.
He did his job, not by the book,
But what was in his heart.
Fair justice dealt with mercy’s hand
Earned him the town’s regard.
"All Souls Church"
In Mayberry there was a special place
Where folks could go if they were feelin’ low.
A place for answers when you need to search.
In Mayberry that place was All Souls Church.
Fellowship was a priority.
They cared, you see, for folks like you and me.
And folks would never leave you in the lurch -
The kindly members found at All Souls Church.
Sermons there - a few were “dry as dust,”
Some were sublime: have faith and take your time.
What’s your hurry? Let your spirit surge,
And learn the lessons taught at All Souls Church.
So if you’re searching for a better way
Forget your cares and join the songs and prayers.
Just pick a pew and find a perfect perch--
Become a member here at All Souls Church!
©2006-2008 by Kathryn E. Darden
from "The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry"
To read more poems from the book, click on the Poetry link and then on "A Tribute to Mayberry."
Tribute to Mayberry poetry book
5/3/2006 - The Westview Newspaper, Nashville, TN
In October of 1960, a sitcom appeared on the old black and white TV sets that celebrated family, friendship, community and the Golden Rule. That show was “The Andy Griffith Show.” It isn’t surprising to fans of the show to know that after 46 years, that show has never been off the air as it moved into syndication and reruns that are still popular today. Therefore, it’s little wonder to discover that fans are putting their love for the show and its characters in poetry form today.
"The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry" is a compilation of poetry about “The Andy Griffith Show” that celebrates the characters and the show that made millions of viewers laugh during the turbulent 60s as they watched the antics and friendships of the good people of Mayberry. The slim volume of poetry released in April 2006 contains over 170 poems about Mayberry written by 58 different poets from 19 states as well as Washington, D.C.
Each poem pays tribute to a character, episode, or theme from “The Andy Griffith Show” or simply honors the fictional town of Mayberry itself with its small-town values and simple “good ole’ days” way of life. The poems range from humorous limericks to thought-provoking verses about the things that still make Mayberry resonate with viewers today.
"The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry" is a wonderful collection of poems from versatile writers around the country who have one thing in common -- they all love “The Andy Griffith Show.” Each unique poem celebrates the spirit of Mayberry.
"A Tribute to Mayberry" will take you back to a simpler time in Mayberry, USA.
A special memorial section pays tribute to actor Don Knotts who played loveable, bumbling Deputy Barney Fife. Knotts passed away in February of this year.
"The Mayberry Poem" is a perfect bound paperback book, 67 pages long, and illustrated. The 2006 edition features a full-color cover and 35 black and white photos from the show, as well as photos of Mt. Airy (Andy Griffith’s hometown and the town upon which Mayberry was based).
"The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry" retails for $8.99 plus $1.95 postage and handling, when ordered directly through Christian Activities Publications. Tennessee residents add 9.25% sales tax. To order send $10.94 to Christian Activities Publications, PO Box 210182, Nashville, TN 37221-0182.
A Tribute to Mayberry
7/1/2006 - Paula Underwood, editor - The Westview Newspaper, Nashville, TN
If you love Mayberry, you'll want this book!
A Tribute to Mayberry is filled with poems, photos and memories of this wonderful place and people.
A Delightful Mayberry Collection, Amazon.com - January 11, 2007
By Ken Anderson "Kenneth G. Anderson" (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show you will love this collection of delightful poems about all the special people and places in Mayberry.
The Mayberry Poem - A Tribute to Mayberry
This is a really cute collection of poems, verses and thoughts about one of the most endearing television shows of all time: “The Andy Griffith Show.” Some of the individual pieces highlight special aspects of the show that only someone really into the show could write, but the most casual watcher could remember or relate to. While small and able to be absorbed in tiny bites, A Tribute To Mayberry tugs at common heart strings in a way that’s reflective of the show’s easy-going nature.
– Heavy Metal Magazine 2006
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