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Mama and Daddy

Together they forged a life Beginning during the great depression They never had much to show for their hard work Except the seven of us children We gave them pain, we gave them joy, and lots of sleepless nights They gave us love and honesty And taught us wrong from right. We got our education, they kept us clean and fed, We come to know the good Lord Reading the words that He said. Much too soon they left us here On this old earth alone. But I am glad they missed some things Causing suffering hard and long Like brother Glenn’s alzeheimers, Geneva’s problems in her life To know of Leo’s mental sickness And Paul Wayne’s drowning death Rodger’s loss of his wife Claire, What really happened there? This would have been hard for them to bear. Sonny’s illness and early death For us they would have wept Racially mixed great grans and illegitimacy Divorces, homosexuals and the like Along with pain and suffering As their bodies faced old age. But I would love to tell them our triumphs I would like to share our wins Cause there’s nothing like telling Mama and Daddy something good, now and then. Oh how they would like to see The love on David’s face When he looks at Glenda’s sweet face. To meet Travis, Dylan, and Chylsea To know we had their love to share Would have made them glad If they had known Angie’s kids Johnathan, Tristan, and Elizabeth What fun they would’ve had. To see Angie and Laura being such close friends And Laura fnding Craig, and falling in love with him Would have meant so much to them.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2005

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