Clarence A. Graham, Jr.
Biography of Clarence A. Graham, Jr.
I was born June 28,1919 in the big bed room in a building on the North side of Cestnut Street of Virginia, Minnesota. I have lived all of my life, with the exception of going away to school and serving in the United States Army for 3 years,8 months and 11 days. I served in various units in the Army. The last assignment was a Detachment Clerk. I am a retired Mortician with 50 years of service to the families in the area. I retired about23 years ago. I started writing poetry about 5 years ago. To date, February 2,2006, I have written 313 poems.
Clarence A. Graham, Jr.'s Works:
I have written no books, but some of my poetry has been published in books. I have won a number of awards. I enjoy writing poems. I have a lady cousin who lives in Wisconson and she told me that she knew that I had this talent when I was very young. I am 87 years old now and enjoying life very much.
Clarence A. Graham, Jr. Poems
Thank You Mother-God
Thank You Mother-God for caring for us in our need For the health and healing that we need Thank You Mother-God for Your for Your gifts we know not of
The first Love you encountered was the Love of God It was given to you in the Beginning by God The next love you felt was the love of your mother at birth
God is long-suffering He gives us time to realize many things We are on Earth to learn lessons
Buster Bustinato had a pet snake named Slinky Slinky liked to eat mice Buster had a large piece of cheese licked up under his house
The Joy Of Loving
My son, my son, what a joy in loving When you came to me, your father, to repent of something you thought you had done wrong
Lonesome Poke Town
As the train was approaching a small town out West The passenger looked out of the window and saw the most beautiful horse in the world
Thanksgiving Time, Thanksgiving Time Happy, Happy, Thanksgiving Time The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock with happiness to come
Happy Anniversary Of Your Birth
The first moment of your birth is your birthday You have only one-All the rest are only anniversaries It is more correct to greet one with 'Happy Anniversary of your Birth'
In old Baghdad, a long time ago, lived a beautiful girl She was captured by pirates and became a slave girl While on the ship, the Capitan and the beautiful girl fell in love
Ode To Sick Goldfish
One day as I was checking my goldfish in the tanks The one with the white mouth was bellyup He was just floating upside down
I Am Yours
I am yours and you are mine For eons of time, we have been together Dancing through the heather
From Age To Age
As we go from age to age a different avatar we have each age An age is 26,000 years long
Lil' Joe Pick-A-Ninny
Lil' Joe Pick-a-ninny was a small Negro child The word pick-a-ninny was used by the West Indian slaves Lil' Joe disappeared one day for many hours
Ode To A Goldfish
I had a little deformed goldfish Who knew what to do to ma happy He would go to the bottom of the tank
My Darling Nora Mattei
My Darling, My Darling Nora Mattei
She came from Corsican ole sod ages ago
To help us with our wails and woes
As we go through life with its throes
She is now working as a social worker
at the Virginia Regional Medical Center, she toils
and helps as many of the patients as possible
As she will be doing in ages to come