Poem by Dea Guerri

05 Feb 2016 8:05 PM | Deleted user
Dea Guerri entered a poem writing cost sponsored by Lisa Louise Cooke.  Dea was one of eight winners.  Here is her winning poem - 

Where I’m From

What Once Was

End of depression, start of World War II

In Detroit, Michigan on Willis Avenue

Mont Elliott, Gratiot, Packard’s, Chrysler, GM

Hudson’s, big snows, victory gardens and Ragged Ann’s

From brick city to wood house to Illinois farm

Grew up my best years in cornfields and barns

Horses, cows, pigs and chickens, too

Cast iron wood stove and a porch with a view

Orchards, and gardens and beehives all ‘round

Our elders just farmed only part of the ground

The rest was for grandkids to discover and explore

Learnin’ was easy and we all wanted more

The farm gave us food, family and song

Summers there were never too long

Christmas was special, Thanksgiving, too

With piano, violin, accordian and kazoo

Snow falling softly and upstairs we were

In beds of down like eskimos in fur

Linoleum floor and bulb with a string

Was a modern addition that time did bring

No facilities near, it was way out back

No water in house, but we did not lack

The love and the fun of just being us

Free for the time without too much fuss

Don’t get me wrong, we also did chores

From pickin’ beans and eggs to mopping floors

To shuckin’ corn, no gloves, bare-hand

Milk cows, and put out the milk cans

I wish I could give to all of our youth

What I felt as a child…a simple truth

To live close to nature and with family love

Music, your own food and light from above

My memories are with me as my pages turn

Close to the time when my life adjourns

I’ve lived a good life in a very special time

When life was simple, the best one would find

Dea Guerri

November 14, 2015



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