The Gypsy Caravan

     Here is one, hot off the presses, started and finished Tuesday, February 14, 2012. I believe that by the end of it, you will be humming or singing to yourselves, or in some cases (and to the great regret of those of us around you) out loud, the hit song, by none other than the inimitable….Cher….”Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.” While the message may seem to promote the same stereotypical image of the Gypsy, the wanderer, the outcast, in reality it shows the entrepreneurial side of such peoples, that with their appeal to the baser instincts, of the human condition, (for which there always seems to be a demand) they provide for their own protection and survival. All together now…  “Gypsies, tramps and thieves, we hear it  from the people on the crowded corners….” 

     Please enjoy it and have a thievery-free Thursday,


The Gypsy Caravan

 They’d always set camp,

at the edge of the town,

and far from the casual eye.

Then await until night,

by the camp’s firelight,

the arrival of the fool, passing by.


 Lured in, by the flesh,

exposed for the purpose,

that those, of the “cloth” would revile.

And with the fool then deceived,

and of his money, be thieved,

he dared not to speak of his trial.


 They stay but short whiles,

and one morning, be gone,

to the outskirts of some other town.

Yes, the caravan will roll,

into a night black as coal,

with other more fools, to be found.


 Jack Downing

Feb. 2012

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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9 Responses to The Gypsy Caravan

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Thanks, now I have a song headache…..wonder what made you write this one on the day of love, though!!! 🙂

  2. And take those vampires and werewolves with them. I heard after they tell your fortune they rip off your “fortune”

  3. Funny, very funny commenting. Made me smile. Who doesn’t love Cher? Thanks for the poem and the Gypsy history.

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