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Old 09-27-2010, 08:47 AM   #294
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A Good-bye Prayer.
By Kate Robinson.

Bless my friend who's gone away
I honor him this lonely day.

Lift my friend on wings of love
To Heaven lit with cheerful sun.

Dry my tears and soothe this pain
Let my world be whole again.
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Baby's Shoes.
By William C. Bennett.

O. Those little, those little blue shoes!
Those shoes that no little feet use.
O the price were high
That those shoes would buy,
Those little blue unused shoes!

For they hold the small shape of feet
That no more their mother's eyes meet,
That, by God's good will,
Years since, grew still,
And ceased from their totter so sweet.
And O, since that baby slept,
So hushed, how the mother has kept,
With a tearful pleasure,
That little dear treasure,
And o'er them thought and wept!

For they 'mind her forevermore
Of a patter along the floor;
And blue eyes she sees
Look up from her knees
With the look that in life they wore.

As they lie before her there,
There babbles from chair to chair
A little sweet face
That's a gleam in the place,
With its little gold curls of hair.

Then O wonder not that her heart
From all else would rather part
Than those tiny blue shoes
That no little feet use,
And whose sight makes such fond tears start!
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The Real Thing

By Lisa Bahlinger.

Angel stickers,
Angel stamps.
Angel nightlights,
Angel lamps.

Angel cookies,
Angel cards.
Angel statues
In our yards.

But real angels?
Do you suppose
We'd recognize
One of those?
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Road to the Mailbox.
By Ila L. Funderburgh.

Between the house and the mailbox
On an old, old farm I know,
There's a winding road through a still, green wood
Where the huckleberries grow.

Along the road on either side,
The pale green bushes stand;
Some berries are purple, some dusky blue,
But all of them are grand.

Here and there a gooseberry bush
Offers its mauve fruit tart.
Oh, it's hard to get to the mailbox,
Though it's never hard to start!

It's only when I'm very near,
In sight of the last oak tree,
That I suddenly hurry and run quite fast,
For maybe there's mail for me!
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Father's Letter.
By Eugene Field.

I'm going to write a letter to our oldest boy who went
Out West last spring to practice law and run for president;
I'll tell him all the gossip I guess he'd like to hear,
For he hasn't seen the home-folks for going on a year!
Most generally it's Marthy does the writing, but as she
Is suffering with a felon, why, the job devolves on me—
So, when the supper things are done and put away to-night,
I'll draw my boots and shed my coat and settle down to write.

I'll tell him crops are looking up, with prospects big for corn,
That, fooling with the barnyard gate, the off-ox hurt his horn;
That the Templar lodge is doing well—Tim Bennett joined last week
When the prohibition candidate for Congress came to speak;
That the old gray woodchuck's living still down in the pasture-lot,
A-wondering what's become of little William, like as not!
Oh, yes, there's lots of pleasant things and no bad news to tell,
Except that old Bill Graves was sick, but now he's up and well.

Cy Cooper says – (but I'll not pass word that it is so,
For Cy he is some punkins on spinning yarns, you know) –
He says that, since the freshet, the pickerel are so thick
In Baker's pond you can wade in and kill 'em with a stick!
The Hubbard girls are teaching school, and Widow Cutler's Bill
Has taken Eli Baxter's place in Luther Eastman's mill'
Old Deacon Skinner's dog lick Deacon Howard's dog last week,
And now there are two lambkins in one flock that will not speak.

The yellow rooster froze his feet, a-wadin' through the snow,
And now he leans agin the fence when he starts in to crow;
The chestnut colt that was so skittish when he went away –
I've broke him to the sulky and I drive him every day!
We've got pink window curtains for the front spare-room up-stairs,
And Lizzie's made new covers for the parlor lounge and chairs;
We've roofed the barn and braced the elm that has the hangbird's nest –
Oh, there's been lots of changes since our William went out West!

Old Uncle Enos Packard is getting mighty gay—
He gave Miss Susan Birchard a peach the other day!
His late lamented Sarah hain't been buried quite a year,
So his purring 'round Miss Susan causes criticism here.
At the last donation party, the minister opined
That, if he'd half suspicioned what was coming, he'd resigned;
For, though they brought him slippers like he was a centipede,
His pantry was depleted by the consequential feed!
These are the things I'll write him – our boy that's in the West;
And I'll tell him how we miss him – his mother and the rest,
Why, we never have an apple-pie that mother doesn't say;
"He like it so—I wish that he could have a piece to-day!"
I'll tell him we are prospering, and hope he is the same—
That we hope he'll have no trouble getting on to wealth and fame;
And just before I write "good-by from father and the rest,"
I'll say that "mother sends her love," and that will please him best.

For when I went away from home, the weekly news I heard
Was nothing to the tenderness I found in that one word—
The sacred name of mother – why, even now as then,
The thought brings back the saintly face, the gracious love again;
And in my bosom seem to come a peace that is divine,
As if an angel spirit communed a while with mine;
And one man's heart is strengthened by the message from above,
And earth seems nearer heaven when "mother sends her love."
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