Wedding Doll

When I was just a child, maybe seven years at most
I played like other kids did play afraid of Holy Ghosts
My momma was a church lady performing righteous deeds
And daddy was a banking man to meet our family needs
They worked their jobs, and worked the yard, and feed us meals each day
They taught us kindness, right from wrong and kept boogies away
Our family home was happy, if not lined with fancy things
Daddy read the bible; momma sewed church sale fund raisings
The year that I was seven, not yet forty inches tall
She sewed a beautiful lacy bridal wedding rag doll
My fingers brushed across the veil, and felt the satin dress
She asked me not to touch it, not to make a dirty mess
I wanted it, I pleaded, could I please just keep this one
But didn’t have the two dollars to pay the church guild fund
So my first job she found for me uphill across the street
Three blocks away where Catalina and Diamond drives meet
I watered plants, three times a week, for twenty cents each day
In the garden where an old lady scared most kids away
I told my mom she wasn’t nice, I told her she was mean
Mama said she’s just lonely, the way some old folks can be
And so I made two dollars, walking to and from my job
Then handed in my notice to my first unworthy boss
With pockets jangling full of change, I stepped up to the booth
First in line at the church sale to gather my lacy loot
I counted out my dimes in stacks, my mother gave receipt
A prized white lacy bridal doll and lessons bittersweet

Some things worth keeping for forty-five years

Some things are worth keeping for forty-five years

Welcome to Day 3 of NaPoWriMo. Today’s prompt is to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can be have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. The fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century England, where it was particular common in ballads, and is particularly useful in narrative poetry, due to the long line and the step-like sense of progression.

This is a story I’ve wanted to write for awhile, so I took advantage of the NaPoWriMo month to finally get it out.

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