Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "American Wings"

This poem came out of the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette, based on his ancestor John Dunsworth Barrette. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest.   This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

"American Wings"

John Dunsworth Barrette moved
from Baltimore, Cork, Ireland 
to America in search of
a better life for himself
and his family to be.

He toiled for years before
he saved up enough money --
such a gentleman! -- to bring
Margaret Elizabeth Maybanks
over the sea to join him.

They exchanged rings on May 25, 1851
in New Orleans, Jefferson, Louisiana.

Together they had
four daughters and four sons,
who spread out across the nation,
nestlings taking flight as soon
as their wings were grown.

From Louisiana to Illinois to Nebraska
to lands beyond they flew, always
seeking new opportunities

in a land where dreams grew
thick and golden as corn.

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