General Poetry posted November 19, 2017 Chapters:  ...14 15 -16- 17... 

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A chapter in the book Family 7

I Remember When LIfe Was...

by Barb Hensongispsaca

I do still remember when life was so good,
when children lived fair, not belonged to a hood.
Remember the farm where I learned about life.
I worked day and night without all of the strife.

It was always hard when I woke in the morn,
I'd put out the day's feed of silage and corn,
For chickens, I scattered their grain on the ground,
then gathered the eggs from the nests that I found.

The sheep would come running when they would see me;
the lambs started jumping, just glad to be free.
The horses went out then to graze off the land,
I'd watch the new foals as they learned how to stand.

The cows knew their roles as they waited in line -
the milking machine ran as they stood to dine.
The pigs were impatient while waiting for slop ...
I poured in their trough with a resounding 'plop'.

All animals ate before I got to eat,
it took me two hours and that was quite a feat.
Then sat down to breakfast of bacon and eggs,
the cat sat there quiet while the dog drooled and begged.

I think of the fun that we had Sunday nights.
Both Grandma and Grandpa had fun - what a sight.
The old phonograph would be wound up to play,
we danced all together to wind up the day.

I do miss the life that I lived on the farm.
We worked really hard and made sure 'twas no harm.
Now all this was done before cock crowed at morn,
to kids of today this work would be foreign.


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