Adrianne Quinlan


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The Whipping Tree

Grandfather had always been fond of whippings.
It's his one release,
And mother still bears the scars.

Her only sibling rests in a small grave out back
Next to mama's Angel oak tree.
And grandmother lies beside him.

I watch over them now - grandmother, uncle and mother.
Although injured when still quite young and
Not able to move about,
I am old enough.

Mother is old now
But still she talks of the happiness she felt
When I first moved in her womb.
And grandfather has gone mad,
Always complaining of heat.
His good eye, forever seeing ...

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