Posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 05:27 PM

Reunion submitted by Sarah Green Waldrop

Every 10 years, as summertime nears,     An announcement arrives in the mail.

A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand.    Make plans to attend without fail.


I'll never forget the first time we met;  We tried so hard to impress.

We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars.  And wore our most eloquent dress.


It was quite an affair;  the whole class was there.  It was held at a fancy hotel.

We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined, And everyone thought it was swell.


The men all conversed about who had been first To achieve great fortune and fame.

Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine housesand how beautiful their children became.


The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,  Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.

The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,  And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.


No one had heard about the class nerd,  Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon,

Or poor little Jane, who'd always been plain;  She married a shipping tycoon.


The boy we'd decreed most apt to succeed  Was serving ten years in the pen,

While the one voted "least" now was a priest.  Just shows you can be wrong now and then.


They awarded a prize to one of the guys  Who seemed to have aged the least.

Another was given to the grad who had driven  The farthest to attend the feast.


They took a class picture, a curious mixture  Of beehives, crew cuts, and wide ties.

Tall, short or skinny, the style was the mini,  You never saw so many thighs.


At our next get together, no one cared whether  They impressed their classmates or not.

The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal,  By this time we'd all gone to pot.


It was held out of doors, at the lake shores.  We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.

Then most of us lay around in the shade.   In our comfortable t-shirts and jeans.


By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,  We were definitely over the hill.

Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,  And be home in time for their pill.


And now I can't wait; they've set the date;  Our fiftieth is coming, I'm told.

It should be a ball; they've rented a hall  At the Shady Rest Home for the old.


Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;  My pacemaker's been turned up on high.

My wheelchair is oiled, and my teethh have been boiled;  And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.


I'm feeling quite hardy, andd I'm ready to party.  I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.

It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one  Other person who can make it that night!