Thursday, January 10, 2013


©  2013    by Madelaine Nerson MacNamara

For Ann Mc Donagh and all her family in thankfulness for their wonderful friendship

When our friends visit
The party starts as
They knock at the door.
No cake or biscuit
In the tin today
But the kitchen is warm.

Standby hot buttered toast
Prompts teenagers'comments:
-"Everyone adores toast
First thing in the morning!"
-"Yes! But gas bottles empty out
Way too fast cooking toast!"

Two mornings ago
Ann wakes in her trailer
Goes to wash her face
In the bowl of water
She's brought in at bedtime
And it's frozen solid.

I'd often wondered
Why after cups of tea
And great chat with herself
And her team of daughters
There is always a race
For who gets to wash delph.

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