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Ellen Grew A Beard

by Barry Louis Polisar

Ellen grew a beard
And as soon as it appeared,
Her father was elated
In fact, he loudly stated,
"I've always wanted a son
And now I guess I have one.
It would not be a bother."
I guess that's the attitude of some fathers.

Now Ellen's friends all turned their backs; not the right way to react
For a friendship is a friendship and inherit in that pact
Is sticking through the times that are rough
And all that idealistic stuff.
I guess that's the way that some things go:
We ignore what we don't want to know although
The point that I'd like to instill
Is I doubt that Ellen will.

Copyright by Barry Louis Polisar

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