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A Lincolnshire Lass

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Audrey Mary Bowden is the mother of my best friend. I always looked upon her as a surrogate mother as my own died when I was 17. She and her newly wed husband,Ted, emigrated to New Zealand in 1956 on the Captain Hobson (pictured above).

  A Lincolnshire lass was she
in youth and bloom revealing;
  and upon us all God smiled
when unto this world a child 
  was born and bred in Healing.

  Red flower of the Midlands -
O' English Rose sweet and fairest!
  Whom heard the sirens roar
when fell the bombs of war
  on village row and terrace.

  She met her Ted a likely lad
from the seaside town of Grimsby.
  Unto a rose a prickly thorn
whose love to she was sworn,
  and wed the twain would be.

  Whence from fishing boats
off the North Sea lined dockside;
  and there their catch unload
as the mighty Humber flowed
  when they came in on the tide.

  Thus so it was it came to pass
a seed of opportunity was sowed.
  Dreaming of a foreign shore
in England's cold winter hoar
  from her house on Oak Road.

  In an isle beyond her own
unto a land and Bay of Plenty,
 to sail a ship from Glasgow
and off starboard bow long ago
  wave farewell to old Blighty.

  Away the colonies away afar
on berth and passage of ten pound;
  leaving her home by the sea
and the life she knew in Grimsby
  on the Captain Hobson bound.

  Ocean to ocean voyage long
the bow waves did pitch and toss.
  By day Godspeed abiding,
by night the ancient guiding
  lights of the Southern Cross.

  Soon a year passed and nigh
a wedded wife and mother to be.
  Once again in a seaside town
dressed in a maternity gown
  across the world in Opotiki.

  Yet the Firth she calls home
and there in time raised a family!
  And I remember to this day
her gentle and motherly way
  to me and to all dear Audrey.

          December 2017

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Date: 12/22/2017 3:23:00 AM
This was wonderful and exciting to journey along with your story. A lovely well written tribute! : )
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