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To Bernice Bingham (Cousin “Bernie on her 73rd birthday) by Martha Compton (May 29, 1981)

Hang in there Bernie,
The world’s not so bad,
It’s just that we miss
The fun that we had
When life was so simple
And troubles where few—
Springtime brought rhubarb,
Wild roses with dew.
The morning routine
When the sun came out hot,
Was to make the beds
And empty the pot.
All’s different now—
Complications galore!
Lord knows what tomorrow
Will bring to our door.
We don’t have much choice
But there is one hitch,
If forced to adjust,
We’re still free to bitch!

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