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Below is the poem entitled FAMILY STORIES recited which was written by poet Brian Strand. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Just a maid,just sixteen,a serving girl ,
a go-between upstairs and downstairs,
her scene 'til love was to intervene;
She,so young,he,the master' son
a web of attraction, begun one rainy 
afternon,in June;A familiar tale,oft told
of one so shy,the other bold,an affair
one hot summer long, where despair does 
conclude my song;A baby came the
next Spring but he sans a wedding ring
left for the Great War ,the wench,
the babyboth  shown the door;In action,
the teenage swain died, the lass,with
bairn,cried and cried ,their kin,his family
with conscience money salved their pride;

He went to be a soldier one cold and
wintry Spring,dying for a noble cause
that all then  believed in;The lilac was just
budding when news of him was sent,
her last letter returned marked ' killed  in action'
described ,the honeymoon they’d spent;
feeling the kicking baby within , Gran wept 
and cried ,that April day,dear Granpa died.
So sad,full of care
the face of nan,
life,lines her beauty
so fair-
this girl full of care,
this face of love
'cross memory's chasm
I now stare;
And sadness hide-
For youthfulness
we cannot share
apart by kin's time-line divide
In circumstances unknown
she left this world alone;
‘neath the fast flowing Ouse-
we judge not nor accuse!
This lovely wife of thirty-one
whose beauty does transfix and stun;
dying in circumstance unknown-
leaving  husband,daughter bereft,alone!
Heartbroken,distraught he searched
in weather, bitter and cold;
‘til a final illness took hold--
family tragedy again made,manifold!
Orphan Lily wept alone,just five
with now no family home;The Great 
War just begun-her tiny world,undone!
Circumstances unclear,unknown, Frances
left this world alone;her legacy though lingers
long,in looks,of grand daughters of my song
You may care to listen to me reciting these poems on youtube under the name ichthyschiro

Copyright © Brian Strand

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  1. Date: 5/2/2013 11:33:00 AM
    lovely snippets of life, brian.. your words come alive with "ancient knowledge" sprawling eloquently across realms near and far, touching the reader with wisdom from pure universal fingers that reaches deep into our hearts...radiant as light!...:) huggs