Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

The Tune Mother Played - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

He was only a tramp ! The organ grinder,
Fast in the thronging way,
Rolled the notes of the dear old tune

That his mother used to play.

He looked at his rags his worthless hands-
He touched his tresses grey,

And heard the notes of the lilting tune
His mother used to play.

' Move on !' He drifted adown the street

The kissless and weary way ;
But his feet kept time to the dear old tune
That his mother used to play.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012



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