emigration poem # 1 

she was 6 months old, my grandma, cuddled  

in the lap of her mother as the two large families  

waited on the birmingham dock to board the ship  

that would carry them to america the baby's aunt  

looked critically at the infant's bonnet then said to  

the mother, "Where'd you get that 'at?" my great-  

grandma meekly replied "I have another in me bag."  

her sister-in-law: "Prithee put it on." where did I

get this 1858 glimpse with its accurate wording,  

scene, personalities? from my favorite great-aunt,  

9 at that departure, who told us in her clipped midlands'  

accent, which accent, memories she never lost

2022 Jacqueline Jackson

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