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Ellie's Tapping Fingers

by Richard L. Provencher  
4/12/2011 / Poetry

provide a parade of drumming,
bony fingers against the arm rest

not many bus stops left for touching
skin to metal, restraint
a bit loose in her Gerry chair.

These same digits solidly
grasped a woodsman's axe, and biting
into a stubborn tree
back in 1890, looked after eleven
siblings, helped momma

bake bread and milkin' with poppa.
The guns of world war meant
growing up quickly when four brothers
crossed an ocean to join the fight

until everyone came home to work the farm
chickens and pigs 'n goats
with children arriving like pigeons
the good Bible reminding all
to propagate with gusto.

One by one parents and siblings
left this earth, back to dust---into God's
hands. And Ellie's in a nursing home,
her birthday today, she's 101.

(c) Richard L. Provencher

Richard enjoys writing poems; many of which have been published in Print and Online. He and his wife, Esther are also co-authors of stories and a print novel. They are "born again" Christians and very busy in their church, Abundant Life Victory International, in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

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