For Betty On Her 90th Birthday - Poem by Francis Duggan
On her 90th birthday on July the 13th for her there will be a party
And Betty Trencher still going strong and she feels hale and hearty
And Anthea, Rachel and Olga will be there and perhaps John and Peter
For to sing her happy birthday and to toast her and to fete her.
She has lived through world wars 1 and 2 and through years of want and plenty
And many Seasons have come and gone since Betty turned twenty
In the lean fifties times were tough when her children she was raising
And still she looks so young and bright that woman is amazing.
For one of four score years and ten she visibly looks glowing
And she has a young person's mind her memory isn't slowing
Her faculties are still intact her body only ageing
And you won't find many of her age so charming and engaging.
She likes the Gold Coast where she lives says than Victoria it's far better
She found the weather in the south far cooler, damp and wetter
She says up here of cold and damp People don't be complaining
In Queensland it is never cold not even when it's raining
She has lived through world wars 1 and 2 so why not celebrate her
And she's ninety years and still going strong and than her there's none greater
And to younger people Betty Trencher is an inspiration
And for her one could only have respect and admiration.
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