Monday, November 17, 2014

The Great Depression--By Elizabeth Kral--United States

The Great Depression
(In memory of my mother, born 1919)

The Great Depression
made quite an impression
on Mom and her foods of choice.

Chicken was prized,
beans despised,
and she loved all cakes and pies.

We took her out.
A special treat,
dinner at a restaurant down the street.

But the Great Depression
made such an impression,       
she would not order a platter.

She opted instead
for the basket of bread,
with a bowl of bean and ham chowder.

Elizabeth Kral is retired and resides with her husband in Surprise, Arizona. Local memberships include the Arizona West Valley Writers Workshop and the Arizona West Valley Writers Critique Group. Elizabeth and her husband enjoy spending summers in Colorado, and she is a member there of the Steamboat Springs Writer’s Workshop.

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    1. I wrote this in early September, not knowing why I was thinking of my long-deceased mom. I kept it close, and it dawned on me on the 21st that the 25th was her birthday. Hmmm.

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  2. Dear Elizabeth,

    It's good to see your already have one lovely comment on your heartfelt poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Thank you fKaren. This poem is very special to me. My mom lived with me and my husband for ten years as her Alzheimer's progressed. She remained a lovely, gentle woman til the end. She passed five years ago on November 1. I'm so happy that you published this little tribute to her. You can't imagine how touched I am to see this poem published.

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    2. Dear Elizabeth,

      This was my pleasure. My Dad has Alzheimer's so I know first hand how difficult of a journey that is. Glad to hear you have lovely memories of your Mother.

      Best wishes,
      Karen

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  3. Elizabeth,
    The Great Depression had a dramatic effect on many. Sorry your mother had to be one of them. Welcome to Whispers.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Thank you for your personal comment and the welcome.

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  4. Elizabeth, welcome to Whispers where I know you will find much love and support. I loved your poem. My mother was born in 1912 and yes like your mother she learned to be very frugal and passed that trait down to her children.. It can be a good trait at times. I loved the way you described the Great Depression. Looking forward to more of your poems.
    Love, Charlene

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    1. I cherish the frugality my mom taught me. I want to write about the many rich sayings she used. Thank you for taking the time to welcome me.

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  5. Dear Elizabeth,

    Welcome to Whispers and thank you for sharing your personal story of your Mother and struggles during the Great Depression; a piece of history that sadly touched so many. A very well expressed poem.

    Sandra

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  6. Elizabeth, this is beautiful, sweet and touching. Hugs to you, my friend! Sheri

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  7. Hi Elizabeth. Welcome to Whispers. Thank you for sharing such a delightful poem with us. I enjoyed reading it. Continued blessings!

    Nice write, Janet. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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