Who coaxed me screaming

            Into the world in ‘46

            When blizzards were raging.

            (Or was it me?)

            Who carried turkeys in her shopping bags

            Suspended on the handlebars of her bicycle

            (going to see the turkey cock)


            Who picked blackberries with purple hands

            And topped the full barrels with water

            To increase her payment from the blackberry buyer

            (her pocket money she called it)


            Who ate dilisk on June Sundays in Bonmahon Strand

            And washed her feet in the foamy salt water near at hand

            Who grew fat when I was ten

            And  was bed-ridden till grandma came;

            Then the doctor gave here something

            That made her thin again


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