Sunday, August 2, 2009

Poetry Train Monday - 112 - Before They Went Up the Stairs


I have a collection of family stories which I coax out of as many relatives as I can. For today's found poetry, I've taken a prose entry from this collection and turned it into a poem.

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Before They Went Up the Stairs


Great-Grandpa Meuse would take
Two weeks' vacation

Would come home
To see his family
During the 'teens and 20's

"No wonder
The children were born
Every second year,"

Gram chuckled

Eugene Meuse
Travelled throughout Canada
Picking up work
Wherever he could find it

He worked
On a ranch in Red Deer, Alberta
On the Welland Canal construction
In Ontario
In a logging camp
Deep in the winter woods

He worked many jobs
In the days before
Social safety nets
It was find work
Or
Your family starved

He took out insurance
When he travelled on the train
Insurance so his family would be
Taken care of
If anything should happen to him

Once he got home
Gram remembers her parents
Retiring to their room

At the time
She didn't realize
What they were
Up to

"I remember them
Goin' up the steps, you know,"

Gram said
Putting her hand over her mouth
Laughing at the thought

But before that
They would head over to his mother's

Gram remembers seeing them
Walk over, arm in arm

"They went to see his mother
Before they went up the stairs,
I think!"

Gram said

Laughing again



















- Julia Smith, Aug. 2, 2009 / original text 2000

Janet in Michigan says I think that Meuse is the other name we have in common. Your grandma told me about it.

Nikki says Very cool.

Lost Mermaid says I enjoy such writes !! sweet :)

12 comments:

Mama Pajama said...

Wonderful...love it.

JANET IN MICHIGAN said...

I THINK THAT MEUSE IS THE OTHER NAME WE HAVE IN COMMON,YOUR GRANDMA TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND OF COURSE I HAVE YOUR MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME AND THEY HAVE MY MAIDEN NAME, HAHA AUNT SHEILA AND I ALWAYS KNEW WE WERE RELATED. SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND I WILL SEND YOU SOME PICTURES---TAKE CARE AND LOVE YOU GUYS

Julia Smith said...

Janet - My email address is:

julia.smith2@gmail.com

Nikki said...

Very cool.

gautami tripathy said...

I loved it!

white curtains bellow from open window

lostmermaid said...

I enjoy such writes !! sweet :)

Michelle Johnson said...

Isn't it great when you can sit and hear your older family members talk about how it was during their time? I always enjoyed such talks. Have a great day.

Akelamalu said...

Great post Julia!

Crafty Green Poet said...

thanks for visitng my blog, this is a lovely story, and works very well as poetry...

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful read, I love the image of them going up the stairs.

Spirithelpers

Travis said...

These are really cool.

Yvon (Back in NS) said...

Hi Julia!
Happened upon your blog the other day. You've got a few really interesting pics, some I've seen before! Eugene was my Grandfather... Benny was my dad. Take care.