The Hillbilly Stomper

Velma, a small, pert, 79-year-old newcomer

At Brookdale Orange City

Introduced herself by hillbilly stomp dancing

Across the lobby floor, winning our hearts

Letting us know she’d bring stomping,

Romping, and a ton of fun to these parts.

Her dress of plain blouse, blue jeans

And light blue blazer with an American flag pin

Attached to the lapel hinted more to Velma’s scene.

She told us with a mischievous grin.

She’d been a Sgt. In the Army

When Eisenhower was president and worked

As secretary to Gen. James Gavin in the Pentagon.

Gavin headed the Niki-Nautilus

 Ground-to-air missile project

In the research and development department.

(Very hush-hush)

Velma graduated from high school in 1955

Her tiny Indiana home town had offered nothing

The Army excited her and offered everything

She joined and served a four-year ride

Traveling, learning, and landing the

Coveted position she remembers with pride.

After the Army she was employed by the IRS.

She married and raised four children

Now grown, these children lured her to Florida.

We know Velma will teach us to stomp and romp

Will she also reveal some of those secrets of old?

Virginia L. Wylie



Virginia resides in Brookdale Orange City, Florida and is the author of the poetry that appears here. The views and opinions expressed in this poetry are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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