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SIX RELATIVES

Here are six tales of six relatives of mine Now all have passed in the passage of time Mostly seen through the eyes of a child Poetic licence used for I’m no Oscar Wilde ~~~ Aunt Ada and Aunt Edie were a scary pair for me Ada wore a real live fox fur dangling from her neck And as a child I really thought this is where it slept Of course it was not breathing as the poor thing it was dead But nothing could convince me ~ for to me it was asleep instead Edie was Ada’s companion or that is how it seemed Much smaller in stature she walked behind Ada Who strutted ahead when her mind it was set Each day Ada dressed in her Astrakhan coat And walked to her ‘bookies’ where she placed her daily bet ~~~ Another scary person whom I only met the once A cruel step mother came to stay When I saw her face I ran away Her face was pointed Her nose was too Her countenance a paler shade of blue And with her came her daughter too A spookier pair I never knew From whence that day the day they came Their names we never spoke again ~~~ My dearest Grandpops ~ loved him lots A character through and through He wore a black beret perched upon his head With a loosely tied dickie bow draped round his neck A master magician with his performing dog named Win Performing caricatures by his favourite Dickensian Wishing he was here ~ passed in his 84th year Wanting many answers to questions unasked For the young have no time for to stop and to hear When young, one can be so selfish I fear And that is the reason I wish he was here ~~~ An uncle in the navy spent months away at sea Like Father Christmas he returned ~ I sat upon his knee His knapsack overflowed with gifts for family and for me Exotic lace and silk and dolls and fancy fans and herbal tea Ivory figures large and small he'd bring from a foreign land He would sit for hours spinning yarns of the Orient exotic and grand ~~~ his visits stopped so suddenly no more gifts were sent to this very day I have no inkling where my uncle went
Written 15th November 2020 Contest Six relatives Sponsor Caren Krutsinger FIRST PLACE Contest ALL YOURS POETRY Sponsor Brian Strand FIRST PLACE

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Date: 1/21/2021 4:03:00 AM
This was a wonderful read, Ann - what an interesting motley of relatives and I could vividly picture them all! I think I would have been intimidated too by your foxy Aunty!
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Date: 12/2/2020 5:03:00 AM
Ann, I really enjoyed reading your poem. I liked the child's perspective of thinking the fox fur wrap was really a sleeping fox. Congratulations on your win.
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 12/2/2020 9:36:00 AM
Ohh thank you Carol, yes I remember it well and would often see it draped over a chair, but would never venture too near in case it did wake up, haha... With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 12/1/2020 10:37:00 AM
Aunt Ada was cool. My sons had a stepmother that brought a son and yes, they were pretty mean. Awe, a great uncle to bring gifts. Love the poetic flow in your story. Congratulations on your win, Ann. Hugs Eve
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 12/2/2020 9:34:00 AM
Aunt Ada was most definitely a character and I can still see her now in that long coat ~ a most striking appearance. So glad you enjoyed my poem dear Eve and thank you so much for your lovely comments. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 12/1/2020 4:18:00 AM
Wonderful poem and story... Love it so. Congrats on your amazing win :) God bless you
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 12/2/2020 9:32:00 AM
Bless you Regina for your lovely comments and thank you so much for your visit. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 11/30/2020 9:45:00 PM
BIG CONGRATS to win TOP. Great Narration
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 12/2/2020 9:31:00 AM
Thank you so much Anisha for your big congrats I really appreciate your visit. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 11/30/2020 7:25:00 PM
Some great insights into your fascinating family history, Ann. Thank you for sharing with us, and congratulations on your #1 win ~ John
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 12/2/2020 9:30:00 AM
Many thanks John glad you enjoyed my qurky relatives although the uncle was pure imagination, haha... With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 11/16/2020 6:00:00 AM
That is great storytelling, such an array of relatives you have..
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 11/16/2020 10:14:00 AM
Thanks SO I enjoyed writing this, but it did get a little more bizarre the later it got ~ finished about 3.00 am! Thank you my friend for your continued support so very much appreciated. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 11/16/2020 1:36:00 AM
Quite a variety of relatives. Some fearful some loveable. Great work. ~~
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 11/16/2020 10:15:00 AM
Haha... yes fearful and lovable ~ you are so right dear Victor. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 11/15/2020 6:18:00 PM
Fantastic write! I bet this will top Caren’s list! Are these real relatives? True story?
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Date: 11/15/2020 11:02:00 PM
Gosh Kim so glad you liked my poem I was up till 3 am writing it! 5 of the relatives are real with one fictional... thanks so much for your encouraging comments my friend. With kindest thoughts Ann xx