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6/14/2020 12:11:00 AM
Guest Column
Mr. Mockingbird
Written June 9, 2020

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist


Well the movers were unpacking...
The trucks were backed up...
Up the driveway...
She was so excited...
The day had arrived...
She and the movers were there...

What was watching them...
Watching them so close...
What was so interested in every box...
Every box was examined...
He sat without moving...
He did not miss an item...



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He got a little closer...
He cocked his head a little...
He really did not look happy...
Then he squawked...
He made himself known...
Seems he owns the yard...
That is interesting...
She thought she owned the yard...
The yard and the house...

The previous owners must have forgotten...
Forgotten to tell him the facts...
She would have to explain things to him...
Mr. Mockingbird was not the owner now...
Mr. Mockingbird can remain...
Mr. Mockingbird can sing and live...
Live in yard in the trees...

She was certain Mr. Mockingbird would learn...
Well she may have been wrong...
Mr. Mockingbird may not surrender so easy...
Maybe not at all...

Now she had a good wild bird feeder...
She set the Shepherd's hook in the ground...
She hung the bird feeder...
Birds began to come...
Mr. Mockingbird took over command...
Command of the feeder...
No one was allowed to eat...
This was unexceptionable...

Well she got two more feeders...
While Mr. Mockingbird commanded #1...
The visitors ate on #2 and #3...
If he went to #2 they ate on #1 and #3...
Now that solved that problem...
At the end of the day he was tired...

It took some thought...
It took additional poles and feeders...
But she was winning...
Well maybe she was not winning...
Maybe it was a tie...
Then the blueberry bush started to bear...
Now she and Mr. Mockingbird were head...
Head to head...
Mr. Mockingbird knew he was there first...
This was his bush...
He even invited his cousins over to eat...
Raid and eat her blueberries...

She tried to explain...
Explain that the berries on top were his...
He could share them...
He could fly so that seemed fair to her...
But he yelled and flew...
Flew by the bush while she picked her berries..
He just did not understand...

If she just knew his first name...
Mr. Mockingbird is the name of too many...
Too many local mockingbirds...
She would give his mane to the tax man...
If Mr. Mockingbird owes this place...
He should pay the taxes...

More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and she now makes her home in Aiken, S.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.


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