Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thirteen Memories


Holding a hand; a wild wind blowing.
Then evacuation! Where was I going?
An English village, a Castle above.
London! Excitement! My first love.
Rhodesia! A climate of perfection.
Shipboard life! A Cape Town direction.
The birth of a child! The best of thrills!
South African vineyards, beaches, hills.
Hundreds of children, a pleasure to teach.
Australia! Waterways and beach.
Amateur theatre! Fun and leisure.
Three little grandsons, each a treasure!
Having a Blog! Enormous fun!
And the memory-making's still not done!

A parody to the old tune
'Count Your Blessings.'

Count the times you say 'Hello!'
To someone new in every place you go.
It is really not too hard to do
It is something nice that far too few do.
Count the smiles that you bestow
On someone new who's looking rather low,
And when you leave you'll look behind and see
What magic's wrought by such a pleasantry.
Count the times you smile and say
Some simple words like 'Have a lovely day!'
If sincerity is in your eyes
You will find that's where a friendly high lies.
Count the times you give a grin,
No matter what the state your heart is in
And when you go to bed at close of day
You'll feel rewarded for your give-away.


geraldgee said...

A happy blog indeed!

Hazel said...

I never thought I'd be reading a poetic T13 today. What a treat! Thanks.

South African vineyards - heading to google images.

Erinjeany said...

Love your poem! Such a fun way to recall the past!

happy Thursday!

Unknown said...

Clever post. Loved your poem.
Happy T13!

I am Harriet said...

Seems like money making will never be done for me...

Have a great day!

Kristen said...

You have a great way with words. I especially liked the top poem.

Heather said...

Lovely poem! Thanks for visiting my "art fair" post. I look forward to seeing how the wire sculptures inspired you!

Alice Audrey said...

You captured a lifetime in 13 lines.

Nicola O. said...

"Clever" is exactly the word I was thinking.

Nicely done, and happy Thursday!

jillconyers said...

Very unique. A great read.

colleen said...

Love your rhymes. Here's one of mine: Bring a plate for my 13.

sherilee said...

Your blog is a lovely find! I will return, absolutely.

And thanks for visiting mine! I went to college not far from where you're at--just a semester in Cooranbong, I think about an hour south of you (by train). Used to wander up to Newcastle occasionally in the '80s... loved it!