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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

The following poem is not my own,
but it is one of my favourite poems.
Its author is unknown.


The woman was old, and ragged and gray,
And bent with the chill of the winter’s day.
The street was wet with the recent snow,
And the woman’s feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng,
Of human beings who passed her by,
Who heeded not the glance of her anxious eye.

Down the street with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of ‘school let out,’
Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman so old and gray.
Hastened the children on the their way,
Nor offered a helping hand to her,
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir,
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.

At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest laddie of all the group;
He paused beside her and whispered low,
“I’ll help you across if you wish to go.”

Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,
He guided her trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.

Then back again to his friends he went,
His young hear happy and well content.
“She’s somebody’s mother, boys, you know,
For all she’s aged and poor and slow;

“And I hope some fellow will lend a hand 
To help my mother, you understand,
If ever she’s poor, and old, and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away.”

And “somebody’s mother” bowed low her head,
In her that night, and the prayer she said,
Was, “God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody’s son and pride and joy”.

Thursday, May 01, 2014


Come What May
by Vicki Leandros

'Come What May' is the English version of Vicky Leandros’
monster hit 'Après Toi.' (“After You”).
'Après Toi' won the Euro-Vision song contest in 1972.

It was very popular song with the expatriate community in the U.A.E.