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  • Denise Weeres (4/15/2013 12:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Hi, I'm looking for a poem / ballad that my 90 year old grandmother used to recite to her children. She also recited Robert Service so could be a similar vintage. Here's what my mother recalls of the story line together with a few actual lines from the poem she recalls. If anyone knows where I could locate the entire poem, author, or name of the poem, it would be most appreciated! My grandmother cannot recall it now. Thank you!

    Railroad guys come upon a mound of clay
    An old man comes out of his house/shack and says
    I see the railroad drawing near
    I'm mighty glad to see it

    But then he tells them a story
    He and his young bride decided to move out west
    She begged and pleaded to come with him
    He tried his very best to discourage her
    but wanted her to come
    They saddled up and moved out west

    She made it through the summer and the warm, warm days of fall
    As winter approached she seemed to whiten with it and thought I didn't know

    She tells him she's going to take a couple days of rest
    He goes for the doctor, she says its for the best
    He saddles up the horse, the wind started to blow

    The doctor isn't there, he's been called away
    He goes to the store and buys a bottle of whiskey
    and headed back for home

    There's a blizzard going on.
    His horse stumbled and fell

    I hacked him to his juggle's vein and left him there to die
    As I struggled on alone

    I don't know how she did it, she was only skin and bone
    but she came out there and found me and dragged me in alone

    She took that precious whiskey that had cost oh so dear
    And poured it down this worthless hulk that stands ablatting here

    Well, boys you know what happened, I lived, she passed away
    I wrapped her in her wedding dressed and lay her in the clay

    Well boys you know my story..

    if any many should disgrace my dead
    As sure as there's a God in heaven
    I'll pump him full of lead

    Well boys we'll see this through
    Put me down for r$50

    All these rough and ready men - give money for a tombstone
    They all have tears in their eyes

    Later when people go by on the train, they don't know why it curves around a tombstone

    Very few people know the story of the child bride in the snow

  • Penny Pritchett (4/13/2013 2:10:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    My grandmother has the phrase " from the cradle to the grave" running through her head and tells me it is a poem she heard years ago
    where all of the verses ended with " from the cradle to the grave: " Does anyone know what poem that is??
    Any help would be most appreciated

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    • Winter Night (7/28/2013 5:19:00 AM) Post reply

      The U2 song " All I want is you" has this phrase in it.

  • Lisa Freeman (4/12/2013 10:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Hi everyone~ I am not looking for a poem, I found one, handwritten on a piece of paper in a book. I am looking for the author. I have Google'd line after line hoping for a match and nothing. Any suggestions?Thanks so much!

  • Matthew Ringer (4/12/2013 12:49:00 AM) Post reply

    My wife wrote 2 poems when she was in school. Between 1990-1999. They where published in books. I am wanting to give these books to her for our anniversary.
    Her name is Rachel Rena Farler she lived in Frankofort KY at the time of the publication and it was a love poem. other than that I know nothing and have searched for months. please help me make my wife the happiest women.

  • Eugenia Yu (4/8/2013 4:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hello, I am looking for the name of the poem that is written somewhat like this: my love for you is so strong that it would have blown the lid off my coffin if not for the roses you places on top of it.

    If you know the author, please share with me. Thank you :)


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  • Farzan Zohhadi (4/6/2013 2:25:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Does anybody know who wrote a poem entitled " The Fern World" (I think) , which begins - You did not come,
    And marching Timedrew on, and wore me numb -

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    • Laura Burns Rookie - 1st Stage (4/7/2013 4:03:00 PM) Post reply

      The poem is " A Broken Appointment" by Thomas Hardy. You can find it on this site:

  • Teresa Willett (4/6/2013 10:59:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I" m not sure if my post went through or not?I came back into this site and do not see it. I will ask again.
    I am looking for a poem but do not know the author or title. I do believe it was signed, anonymous.
    There is a line towards the end that goes somewhat like this..." You are the only person you will never leave nor lose."
    I desperately want this poem back. Years ago my home was broken into. Apparently the criminal had a taste for poetry because
    they took my poem that I had professionally laminated and hanging on my wall!

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    • Laura Burns Rookie - 1st Stage (4/6/2013 1:59:00 PM) Post reply

      I found this: In your life, you are the only person you will never leave or lose. To the questions of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution. ... more

  • Teresa Willett (4/6/2013 10:47:00 AM) Post reply

    When I was in college I read a poem. It was signed " anonymous"
    One line (not the first) sticks in my memory. " You are the only person you will never leave nor lose."
    I believe the poem was speaking on being good to oneself.
    I had this poem professionally framed. When my house was robbed they took the framed poem as well.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Clix Wheeze (4/4/2013 12:58:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Can anyone suggest a good reading for a wedding? i would love to find a strong classical poem or reading from someone like a wordsworth or eliot or that era / style that would be suitable for a wedding reading. some ideas - a poem about love being more than just a feeling - or about people getting old and more in love; i like the style of a poem like this (which happens to be to a mom)

    (not needing a rhyme)

    You have always been where we return,
    The home that is our harbor from the sea,
    The place where what we are can easy be,
    With nothing we need alter or unlearn.
    That you would give has always been a given.
    Your love for us is something simply there,
    As plain and necessary as the air...

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  • Vanessa King (4/2/2013 12:58:00 PM) Post reply

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me. - Martin Niemöller

    I couldn't find it on the site, and I am new to this this, so I thought I might just put it out there, because of its beauty....

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