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Pearls Of Wisdom

Sitting on a park bench 
and taking in the view,
she always had an eye out 
for us children, right on cue.
With her muffler and a blanket
to keep away the cold,
she smiled to see us frolicking,
to us she wasn't old.

We clustered all around her,
we called her 'Auntie Pearl,'
and listened to her stories of
when she was just a girl;
tales of pinafores and mittens,
smashing hats for Sunday best,
patent leather shoes, and stockings,
turning out so smartly dressed! 

There were picnics and fun times
down by the river where we'd skip
a mile or more, (our feet were sore!)
but we enjoyed the trip!
Riding in a carriage pulled by
horses up and down the street,
calling at a neighbour's house -
there'd always be a treat!

Taking presents to the homeless
the day after Christmas Day,
helping those who didn't have 
much food to eat, or games to play.
She told us, "Listen to your folks
and grow up big and strong,
help others when you have the chance,
and greet them with a song!"

One Saturday she didn't come 
to take her usual seat. 
We kids all clamoured, "Where's Aunt Pearl? 
she makes our day complete." 
Moms said: "She's telling stories 
to the angels now, it's true. 
She loves you all, believe me, 
she's still watching over you."

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  1. Date: 2/11/2014 11:25:00 PM
    Priceless words on good memories and good words from aunt Pearl Keith.'

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:20:00 AM
    Hi Keith - Brings to mind a few women I know and have known in this world. Tender words. Thanks for your recent comments (confidence stroking). love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:13:00 PM
    A cute story Keith, a unique lady who had a lot of wisdom. I really enjoyed it, thanks. - oxox love Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/11/2012 2:44:00 PM
    hey keith! great title and such a magnificently rhymed and rhythmed (is that a word?) poem! i loved it all, especially the "a mile or more" line with its extra surprise rhyme. thanks for a wonderful read!

  1. Date: 10/11/2012 10:09:00 AM
    Wish there was an Auntie Pearl in all our lives Keith; they seem to put thing in perspective and sort out the confusion we find ourselves overcome with. Such tender wisdom in this great verse.Love, Elizabeth