Monthly Archives: January 2015

Only a Little

By Alexandra H. Rodrigues
Published in South Bay’s Neighbor 2014

There is a little devil deep within me
Who since my childhood refuses to set me free.
More often than not do I get into trouble
Morals and rules I turn into rubble.

What as great character my friends admire
Is just a mask of which I easily tire.
My thoughts from good to evil turn often
Only prayer can help my mind to soften.

Let’s be honest and it will be clear to see
That being human breeds idiosyncrasy.
It makes one wonder if even a saint
Fights Battles with evil if ever so faint.

To have a soul snow white and not charcoal gray
Is surely not the earthly way
That is reserved for life after death
So I really do not need to hold my breath.

Cards with Personality

By Alexandra H. Rodrigues
Published in Great South Bay Magazine 2015

An envelope that held a pressed pansy
Surely managed to capture my fancy.
A friend from a long ago time
Still remembered this hobby of mine.

Often it is only at the end of the year
That from my lifetime friends I hear.
Our paths in life have gone a different way
But once each year in contact we stay.

In some cases came the year when it was too late
As they disappeared thru the Pearly Gate.
New people will slowly take their place
But never will I forget their face.

This season I did get 41 cards
From those who let me touch their hearts.
Knowing some for 50 years, it is hard to measure
What their remembering me gives pleasure.

I reminisce about the lives those friends of mine lead
While we all belong to a predestined breed.
All those people are still close to me
In my mind the incidents that merged us together, I see.

Although handwriting may fall further out of style
Please my friends, let’s keep it up for a while.
I promise to continue to put my personal touch
Into the notes to the people I like very much.

Realtor Quest

Realtor Quest
By Alexandra H. Rodrigues

The majority of people strive
A house to own a car to drive.
That little house with the white picket fence
Despite high expense seems to make good sense.

From there on along the line
Half of the buyers do just fine
Gaining in rank and income in their job
They upgrade to a bigger house and to the top.
Others get hit with unforeseen doom
With strangers they must share their room.

From the little house there is no grading down
So their next move is to change the town.
Less tax, less mortgage payments may do the trick
To home ownership they still will stick.

These ups and downs in people’s life
The personal up or downward drive
Give Realtors a constant reason to pitch
For involvement in a property switch.
There are the agents who only work for the buck.
I pity whoever with such an agent is stuck.
They make the I, I, I their main concern
Away as soon as the check is drawn they turn.

Try to find the professional
With the urge to please as well.
The one who not only sees the money from you
But considers your emotional satisfaction too.

It is not easy to please a client
Human nature suspects an agent to be defiant.
So the client thinks you work only for the financial gain
That he must watch out not to miss the train.

Contrary I just had proof
When a client called me to help him move.
It has been 18 years ago
That I sold him the house for a price a little below
By settling about a repair a dispute
With a few dollars and nice attitude.

The impression I then made has survived
Out of graciousness now profit arrived.
To be in the Service business you better have heart
It is more important than being super smart
Be helpful and truly mean to be nice
For empathy there is no price.
Service is my Business. Call me!