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In a tiny green house, through the door she appeared
With a new little brother holding so dear

In the house down the street, walls not nearly complete
Off the front porch into the snow with bare feet

Of walking the trail near garden and wood
We passed to a lane where the Ben Franklin stood

To Papa's Coney Island, behind an apron she served
Hopeful of coins for the carnival we yearned

Off to the neighbors, we all filed with dread
We knew she would gab until the full moon was dead

Trapped on a sofa, no rescue in sight
We started to sing to highlight our plight

"I wanna go home," the words rang out clear
Finally relenting we would all disappear

Of warm summer days, in a yard out back
Where purple violets in a small cup we did stack

Of towels warmed on the furnace each day
Wrapped our small feet to get us back in the fray

Lightning shows, through the big window watched we in awe
Arrayed across the old sofa, past our bedtime we saw

Parading from our room, we entertain
Our antics your delight did sustain

Together we grew, then went our own way
Returning to find very little did change

It's hard to remember those years in between
Now here we stand, our memories so keen

Of warm summer days and a cold winters blow
Where mom's loving touch is what we all know

Good-by Ma

I found out last yesterday that my mother will be passing very soon. I wrote 
this to read at her funeral.



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  1. Date: 7/27/2014 10:24:00 PM

    This write touched my heart. My mother at 86 years old has serious health issues now. One just never knows when people are at that age and condition. A tremendous write you offered us my friend...
  1. Date: 7/27/2014 10:22:00 PM

    Very sorry to read of your mother's condition. I think this is a magnificent write and a fantastic tribute from a loving son. A heartfelt poem so very well written...
  1. Date: 7/27/2014 10:07:00 PM

    Sorry to hear about your mother. Its very lovely.