The Legend of Jump River Rosie

Jump River Rosie could pee standing up
further than any man,
betting those that came in her bar
she could out-pee them.

The bar was down by the river,
and when the sun was setting low
Rosie had had enough beer to drink
to put on quite a spectacular show.

The men would gather ’round
to see the sight of wild Rosie
dropping her worn dungarees
as she aimed for a pee- stained target
hanging on the old oak tree.

And I swear, or I’ll be forever damned
as Rosie stood there peeing
in the golden shine of the sun’s rays
she hit that darned target
every single danged time.

Now I never saw it with my own two eyes,
but I’ve heard the legend told for many a year
For Jump River Rosie was quite a woman,
because she could pee further than any man.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Bjorn has challenged us to be an ‘unreliable narrator’ and tell a story that is not mine, exaggerate and lie, but think a bit on how to expose myself. Join us at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 23 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. 
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20 Comments on “The Legend of Jump River Rosie

  1. I would love to sit and have a drink with Jump River Rosie! Sounds like she has more than one tall tale to tell! This sounds like a story you hear “from the friend of a friend” but you never quite know who told it first.

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  2. Thank you for this entertaining story.
    I knew Rosie from back in the 50’s. Too bad she had such a bad reputation , it was a “kiss and tell” thing. Rosie and I became good friends, she had a heart of gold.
    One Thanksgiving weekend when I had to work on Friday and couldn’t go home for the long weekend she loaned me her apartment downtown over a bar. That was much better than staying in my rented room.
    I won’t ever forget Rosie, for my limited efforts she has dropped out of sight. I hope she found a nice man and raised a nice family. Makes me sad to think about her now.

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  3. It is good to hear of Jump River Rosie. Mind you I was lucky to consider women highly with both a strong mother and aunts and able to witness my own wife give birth at home over 50 years ago (PS. I was the midwife’s assistant!).

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  4. A lighthearted tall tale. But I’m still trying to figure out the logistics of a woman being able to
    hit that high up target all the time.

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