A Poem on the Occasion of Rhonda’s Birthday

It is my friend’s birthday today.  Rhonda is a delight to know and a person to treasure for all her extraordinary talents and skills.  Humor rocks her works, tempered with kindness, pathos, and keen observations of life.

In honor of her birthday, I wrote this poem in about 15 minutes.  I call it “Rhonda.”



R is for your right hook

   H is for howitzer in your purse

      O is for the odds your aim could fail–

         N is for No way, Jose!

            D is for the depth you bury enemies

                  A is for all the thugs you put away.

Put them all together, they spell Rhonda,

the last word on too many lips to say.

Rhonda? A prayer you might answer yeah or nay

We know how many times that is

by counting the number of new flower beds

in your mother’s backyard.

Rhonda don’t take no sheets,

it’s too hard to get the blood out,

Rhonda is the hero of the weak,

who walks softly

and carries an iron heart on her sleeve

and a howitzer in her purse.


About maryjocee

Mary Jo Caffrey retired from the Air Force and lives in Gretna with her husband Larry, also a retired “lifer.” They live with a two little dogs and four parrots. Mary Jo is a native Nebraskan with a degree from Kearney State College and has experience teaching combat crew procedures to STRATCOM aircrews and English to middle school students. Guess which was the easier job. Mary has been writing forever, but got serious about it after editing a family memoirs book a couple years ago. Her specialties are poems, short stories, and a quirky novel under umpteenth revision . Mary Jo is a member of the Nebraska Writer’s Workshop and the Nebraska Writers’ Guild.
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3 Responses to A Poem on the Occasion of Rhonda’s Birthday

  1. rhondamhall says:

    Thanks, MaryJo! That’s very sweet.

    • maryjocee says:

      Every word is true, though your weapons are really your kindness and the power of God. I hope your birthday exceeded your expectations by a considerable lot.

  2. Happy Birthday Rhonda…what an awesome poem! (My birthday is Jan 10th, so you’ve got some time! LOL) and I have nominated your awesome blog for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD! Please check it out at http://expertofnone.com and Happy Bloggin’!!

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