I got the surprise of my life – Which everyone deserves
Their fifteen minutes of fame – But it is hard on the nerves
Amy Wasserstrom and Bob Faw – Came rolling into town
To do a story about Bud The Rhymer – A profession not quite so renown!!
They were laid back and relaxed – And by any standard, quite nice
They seemed fascinated that any one – Would pay my hefty price
At five dollars per line – The average toast might cost
One hundred and forty dollars – Their fascination wasn’t lost!!
Bob asked the usual questions – “Bud, how did this all begin?”
Selling Wedding Toasts on the internet – As I answered with a boyish grin
My friend Bob and I – Were sitting in the Modern Café
Down inNortheast Minneapolis– On kind of a dreary day!!
He was nervous about a wedding – And a toast he had to give
Standing up in front of people – Makes a person want to not live
He suddenly exclaimed – Hey, why don’t you write me a rhyme
A toast for the wedding – I bet it’ll catch on over time!!
And that was the beginning – And it’s grown a lot since then
Then Bob asked my favorite format – Eulogies because they’re much like Zen
I give a piece of myself – Coming from the Soul as I write
They’re words from a higher power – That give comfort as you recite!!
Then Amy did her magic – Asking to see a Minnesota map
She thumbed through it swiftly – And gave her hip a slap
Where or where is Sleepy Eye – She asked with a little grin
A couple hours from here – A cute little town where the people are genuine!!
They talked to my Honey – And asked how she felt
When I wrote her a rhyme – That caused her heart to melt
It was on her birthday – And was the day that I knew
After writing her a love poem – Rhyming, was something I needed to do!!
They bid us good-bye – After arrangements had been made
For them to film a Memorial Service – But they didn’t want to invade
So they sought and received – Permission to just film while unobtrusive
And record the Eulogy I wrote – Which turned out to be an exclusive!!
The family was happy – For at the service end
They released live butterflies – Which was for all to comprehend
Joanne’s soul going to heaven – But one butterfly refused to fly
It stayed on her granddaughters shoulder – Bringing a tear to every eye!!
Eventually after waiting – Some say five minutes or more
It winged its way to heaven – That was Joanne’s soul for sure
That evening I had my surgery – Which I’d been waiting for all day
The next day came a call – Wondering if The Rhymer was okay!!
Bob Faw had made the call – To verify my surgery went all right
Watching NBC July 4th – He was in Sleepy Eye that night
And why did Amy choose Sleepy Eye – You won’t find out from me and Honey
But it was a good piece – Which is why Amy & Bob get the big money!!