Francis Duggan


Do Not Make Fun Of The Poor Woman - Poem by Francis Duggan

Do not make fun of the poor woman she may be old wrinkled and gray
She once was a young person like you are and you will be like her one day
And you too will look old and wrinkled and you too will walk stiff and slow
The woman is in her mid eighties and respect to her you ought to show.

Respect her the wise great grand-mother she has seen many Seasons come and go
And she has lived through good times and bad times and much about life she does know
She has lived through wars and economic depressions and she has had her sad moments and her moments of joy
And you have a long way to go yet since you are only a Primary Schoolgoing boy.

Do not make fun of the poor woman since one day if you live that long
You will have gray hair and hunched shoulders since time it does weaken the strong
And if School going boys mock and make fun of you that's something you will not enjoy
I've learned to respect older people but you are years younger than I.

Do not make fun of the poor woman since she is far older and far wiser than you
She's never harmed anybody and to the higher principles she is true
Her great grandchildren are around your age in life for you there's a long road ahead
Go home to your mummy and daddy for you 'twill be soon time for bed.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 31, 2008



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