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A Toast to a Dimpled Temple

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Posted: February 16, 2014

Remembering the life of a beloved child star…

A child star-turned-diplomat,
that darling Shirley Temple Black
has left us with sweet memories
of Curly Top and more.

The Good Ship Lollipop has sailed
beyond our sight with one who nailed
each part that pint-size actress played
(some forty films in all).

Bojangles taught her how to dance
in petticoats or sailor pants
while Jean Hersholt helped Heidi see
a dear grandfather's love.

When my mom was a little girl,
she emulated Shirley's curls
insisting that her mother set
her hair just like the star's.

And when I was a little boy,
my brother ordered up a "Roy."
But Shirley Temple was my drink.
A 7-up made pink.

And so I lift my glass to say,
"I'm sad that Shirley's passed away,
but grateful for her good long life.
Peace to her memory!"

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Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network.   Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer,  which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.

Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.

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Posted: February 16, 2014

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