Friday, April 29, 2016

Papa





Papa

It seems like just yesterday
my little girl was in ruffles and a bonnet,
then serious-faced with that long, long hair.

Our Lizzy was the observer.
She worshipped Lewis,
kept Jack out of more than his share 

of trouble. She watched over Henry
like a mother hen.
She could beat me at checkers, fair and square.

Now I've given her away.
My little girl.
Take care of her, young man. Take good care.


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2016




I'm going to miss this family I've invented from random photographs and scraps of my own family's history. I plan to work on giving them a more proper storyline. Or perhaps I'll just collect them into an e-book. Time will tell. It always does, it seems.

Buffy has the Poetry Friday roundup at Buffy's Blog.



15 comments:

  1. Perfect! We're going to miss them, too! Looking forward to finding out what you have in store for them.

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  2. This has been a fun family to follow! I can see how this is going to be hard to drop!
    Papa really knew his little girl!

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  3. Such a fun project. :)

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  4. Giving them a longer storyline is a great idea, Mary Lee! If you liked spending time with them, why not keep going?

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  5. And we will too, Mary Lee. (Miss them.) A beaut project for your Poetry Month. Well done.

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  6. Sweet ending to a great month of poems. Have really enjoyed all your photos and poems. Hope you continue to work on this project.

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  7. You've brought your cast of characters to life this month--well done, Mary Lee!

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  8. What an adorable photo. The weight of the world is on that girl's shoulders.

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  9. Oh that last stanza just gets me. You really have brought your characters to life. I agree with Buffy.

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  10. A book of these poems will be very special, Mary Lee. This, in a father's voice, is very telling in the few words. I love it.

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  11. Your poem really touched my heart. I have done poetry writing about old family poems, and you are inspiring me to do more.

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  12. I am going to miss these poems, too, Mary Lee. I am sharing them with my sixth graders next week for a writing project we are set to launch. You are a marvel.

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  13. Such a sweet reflection of a loving relationship. Frankly, though, I don't think your verse novel momentum is going to let you stop spending time with this family quite yet. That's a good thing.

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  14. I so enjoyed this, Mary Lee! You must do something with this set. Let us know when you do!

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  15. So much love for this amazing project xoxoxo

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