Days In Time

Updated: Sep 18

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Mom dropped at breakfast time while dad was baling hay Too early for my sister but she arrived that day Lunch came, a nurse rushed in she left the curtains drawn Nightfall a tall man showed and baby sis was gone

I remember rhubarb jam
on buttered rye bread toast
Small toy cars and monkey bars
but mom alone the most

Home became a cold mean place
where no one laughed or played
Liquor hung on father’s breath
and mother stayed afraid

Summer days got hard an' long
mom took me while he slept
In the Fall our car was home
and every night we wept

Time moved on, mom got by
somehow we made ends meet
I vowed, should he cross our path
I’d pass him on the street

I remember rhubarb jam
on buttered rye bread toast
Small toy cars and monkey bars
and mom alone the most

Home became a cold mean place
where no one laughed or played
Liquor hung on father’s breath
and mother stayed afraid

Days in time
that seldom rhyme
will always be the same
But days in time
that I call mine
will never be to blame

Later on a letter dropped
it came to me from dad
I fished it from the garbage
my feelings sore and sad

I slow walked that cancer ward
and sat there by his side
Mom gone, we made our peace
and next day he died

I remember rhubarb jam
on buttered rye bread toast
Small toy cars and monkey bars
and mom alone the most

Home became a cold mean place
where no one laughed or played
Liquor hung on father’s breath
and mother stayed afraid

Days in time
that seldom rhyme
will always be the same
But days in time
that I call mine
will never be to blame


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