Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Mom's Poetry at 7 Years Old

My 88 Year Old Mother Downs Another Martini
My mom celebrated her 88th birthday recently.  I'm happy to say that she is in really good shape for the shape she's in, and in  possession of a quick wit and mind. 

My Mom---Age 19
While going through some old family papers recently, I came across this copy of a poem she wrote when she was about 7 years old.  It's pretty good.  Made me laugh.
My Mom---Age 6 Years
Yes, there is a typo here and there and the meter could use some fine-tuning, but for a child that young, I'm pretty impressed.  I plan to show her this poem when I see her at Christmas---I wonder if she will remember it.  I hope you enjoy it!

POMS.  (supposed to be "poems")
           By  Aileen Clinton

One dark night
When the moon was pale
For the want of light
In a little rude hut
In a little rude town
The rudest hut for miles around
A man was trembling
With fear and fright
For he was afraid to die that night
He called his wife to come and sit with him to the last
For he was dying dying fast
He told her he would soon be nocking at God's golden door
Asking if there were room for one more
He told her that and no more
All he heard was her wailing cry
And with that he died

               Holy  M i g h t

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  1. How special for a seven year old to have written such verses! Now I know where you got your writing abiity.

  2. Very good for a child that age!!
    In my mind came the verses of an old song:
    "Knocking on heavens door".
    You remember (Eric Clapton)?

  3. Hi Monika!---I sure do remember that song. Thanks for commenting, and have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Now we know where your love of poetry came from. And you gotta love those martini's :)

  5. Very talented, your Mom.
    Habe a nice weekend.
    Many greetings Sabine

  6. Jane---Ha. You are exactly right---my mom IS where my love of poetry originated. And I got my appreciation of martinis from her, too!

    Sabine---thank you!...and have a great weekend!

  7. Her handwriting was also very lovely for a 7 year old!

  8. Rebecca---You're right! But, you know, now that I think about it, handwriting used to be so much more important in school than it is now.

    Have a wonderful weekend in New York!

  9. Wow! What a great poem coming from a child! :-)


  10. Hi Clinttt!!!
    I was aways in the last few days...

    ohh such a wonderfull mom you have :-) and such a intresting and nice photo
    thank you really for sharing, you know these things are always good for the heart and soul :-)