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Sally Baker

She never had children of her own

But … informally adopted my dad

and two of his brothers when they

made their way to Texas to

seek their fortunes

By that time her only family

left was a nephew living

hundreds of miles away

Her name was really Sarah

but all who knew her called

her Sally

She was the grandmother I

never had and out of respect

she was always Mrs. Baker

or just Baker to me

In her old age with no family

at all, my Mom and Dad took

care of her

Upon her death bed, she told

my Mom this …

“Tell Roy Wilkins he won’t

have to smell my scorched

red beans any more.”

Roy was the local undertaker

and took care of her for her

final journey home with

the utmost respect

Gray hair perfectly coiffed

A slight smile on her lips

Pink cheeks and her ever-present

Cameo Brooch closing the

neck of her dress

She was loved by many

Missed by all and taught me

lessons I will never forget…

Copyright © 2016 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Yearning…

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Yearning…

The house at the

end of the lane

calls to me

A light coming

through the back

door reminds me

of home…

but — a home I

have never known

 

I feel them sitting

there in the kitchen

sharing their day…

watching TV…

laughing…

winding down for

the night as I  pass

by yet again feeling

drawn … yet, am

not allowed to enter

a pull to my soul

a longing for something…

something just out

of my reach

but something

I need…

I want…

The family I

have never had

Nor will ever have…

Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Locket

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Locket

 

One of the fondest

most important

memories of my

childhood was a

heart-shaped

cameo pendant…

a locket…

my mother wore

choker fashion

strung on a black

velvet ribbon

 

This locket was only

brought out on

special occasions

it held inside a

picture of my

father on the left

and…

her picture on

the right

 

Both are gone now

And…

now that pendant

is mine

But…

those two pictures

removed long ago

are no longer inside

 

How I want those

pictures in their

true places again…

Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Southern Comfort – April PAD 5

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Southern Comfort

I grew up

in the South

with Deep Southern roots

Family and food

Go hand in hand

Food for comfort…

Food for celebration…

Food for family…

Too many wonderful

recipes to count

But…

When things were

not going well

we always turned

to basic comfort food

And…

To me

that was

Potato ANYTHING!

Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Writers Digest April Poem A Day Challenge – Day 5 – the prompt was to write a poem about or using a vegetable.

Dew Drops …

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Dew Drops…

So many losses

Family…

Friends…

To one nasty disease

Cancer…

 

When will it all end?

A cure…

It is just around the

corner if the powers

that be would only

open their eyes

 

Until then…

I am resolved to

look to the sky and

count my losses

in diamonds…

Stars…

like dew drops

shining in the early

morning light…

 

Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Thankful…

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Thankful…

On this eve of
Thanksgiving
I have so much gratitude
 
Yet…
 
So much sadness
What many take
for granted I 
no longer have
 
Family…
 
Hold them close
Keep them in that 
special place in 
your heart
 
For…
 
You never know
when they will no 
longer be in your life
 
Copyright © 2014 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

Going Home

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Going Home

Her Last few days
Going Home…
Hospice…
With her family…
 
Treasure this time
my Dears…
Ease her out with
dignity and grace
 
Give her the 
very best of 
each of you
your last times
And…
A peaceful
Going Home…
 
Copyright © 2014 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie
 
In memory of my dear friend who is losing her short battle against cancer.

Whereabouts Unknown

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Whereabouts Unknown

Whereabouts unknown…
 
That was how my
Dad and his siblings
referred to my
grandfather during
the Great Depression
 
He just disappeared
and was gone for 
years only to show
up as if nothing
was wrong
 
Whereabouts unknown…
 
He left my grandmother
and a handful of
young children to
fend for themselves
during that dark time
 
Whereabouts unknown…
 
Anna Laura…
the baby of the family
died of lockjaw while
he was gone
 
Whereabouts unknown…
 
No one knows or will
say they know where
he was during 
all those years
 
Whereabouts unknown…
 
Just another of the
many secrets…
Mysteries…
that ran rampant
through my
father’s family
 
© 2014 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie
 

Baby Girl

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Baby Girl

Frilly…
Pink…
A girly girl…
Her Daddy wrapped
around her little finger
 
She was Daddy’s
little girl from the
minute she was
born
 
He watched her
grow up and
come into her own
gave her to another man
 
And now…
she gave him the
most precious gift…
 
A Granddaughter
 
© 2014 Annie Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

His Heart

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His Heart

She won his
heart the first 
time he saw her
 
She was the
most beautiful
girl in the
World
 
An unbelievable
combination of
DNA that never
ceased to 
amaze him
 
She had him
wrapped around
her heart
from the beginning
 
Total…
Unconditional…
Love…
 
A love that grew
stronger every day
A love that melted
his heart every time
she looked at him
and Smiled
 
She was his
and..
he was hers…
 
Looking at her now
in all her glory…
grown up…
a lady…
sophisticated…
intelligent…
about to start a
new life of her own
 
He was giving her 
to another man today
 
But…
 
She would always
be his Baby
 
And…
 
He would always be
her first love…
her lasting love…
 
Her Daddy…
 
Copyright © 2014 Annie – Original Poetry
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie

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