I was born in 1947, an accident for sure,
Mother now long gone, to void being arrested,
This fact I was content to inure,
By Auntie Gail then, I was molested,
I loved it, thought she was a treasure,
Then going to school, this is where my sanity was tested!
Avoiding being beaten up several times each day,
Keeping the bully boys at bay,
Being called a Nancy for wanting to learn,
Having three other jobs, for spending money to earn,
Paper rounds, Saturday job & wood bundling; jobs I couldn’t spurn
For Dad said, I had to Pay-As-You-Earn!
I had to earn enough cash for the school meals daily to eat,
I’d have agreed to being adopted in a heartbeat,
But Aunt Gail didn’t ask, and we never again did meet,
Oh, how I did cry and wailed, I was so downbeat!
I continued working, bundling the fire-wood,
Grafting away every hour that I could.
Doing extra night shifts, when they asked, I would.
The long tiring hours stood me well later in adulthood,
Then the boss showed me how to saw the wood,
He left me to carry on, there was so much blood!
When the plank shot up off the bench, it caused a conflagration,
Then landed on he head, causing a nasty indentation,
The emergency services arrived, quite an accumulation,
Firemen, ambulancemen, police, a right altercation,
The ambulancemen gave me a perambulation,
To the Children Hospital, where they gave me an investigation,
I was sent home within the hour, Dad offered words of caution:
If my dinner isn’t ready when I get home again, they’ll be an argumentation!