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