The Rocker

Let me stay in my play corner
Give me my due place of honor
I am part of your colorful history
My bones are steeped in mystery

Century ago I was a rocker n brought to this old house
Soon after your great grandparents had said their vows
In labor was great grandmother confined to bedchamber
Great grandpa enjoyed a dalliance with the housekeeper

Your grandfather came screaming n yelling into the world
I rocked newborn and your great granny, as he lay curled
Many a sleepless night great granny spent on this rocker
While her old man was out whoring as he was a boozer

She remained stoic and very calm as she was salt of the earth
Her loveless life had robbed her of all childlike joy and mirth
She only laughed and smiled when her baby played with her
Nanny brought him in seldom following the master’s orders

Thus heartbroken grieving for her baby, I mean your grandfather
She quietly passed away, leaving him at mercy of the selfish father
The old man scandalously buried and remarried on the same day
Left to the mercies of a step mom the child’s life turned dark gray

Elsie the step mom soon relegated me to the nursery
Having brought her own furniture, dark and dreary
Comforting and rocking I played with the child often
He was always with me after being beaten by the vixen

Time passed on this way until your grandfather came of age
Luckily his parents were unable to squander his maternal heritage
Their meanness did not stop him from being to them ever polite
They depended on him so pretended to be repentant and contrite

One day they too died after a night of drunken debauchery in a car crash
Your grandpa gave them a decent burial as he did not believe in rehash
Next your grandfather made some changes and brought me out of hiding
Then he threw out her dark furniture, bringing fresh cheer and lighting
Soon he fell in love with a lovely girl, married her and brought her home
Parties, music and joy reverberated in the house instead of fears and gloom
Your dad was born within a year followed soon after by twin girls so dear
Children’s laughter filled the air as all were very happy and full of cheer

Time took to wings in this manner and then all three kids gained majority
The girls each found young army officers, got hitched and left the county
Your dad met his love at a local ballroom and fell for her hook, line, sinker
She gave him a merry chase before she said I do and thus finally he wed her

Now with three boisterous children jumping and playing on me, did me in
My structure became shaky n hazardous for people to enjoy their rocking in
Yet your parents were kind and were attached to me, hence they made plans
Got a master wood craftsman to use the wood to carve nifty wooden toys n pans

Thus I got a new lease to life and a complete makeover with color and polish
All ready tiny new toys, pans for tiny hands to play house and love and cherish
This is my history my dear young son, so do think twice before you plan otherwise
You had your fun playing with me as a child with your siblings, we too have ties!!

Finally the rocker aka tiny wooden toys and pans were placed in a toy chest
And put away in the attic with other family regalia and knick knacks to rest

When I’m 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones,
there is absolutely no way I’m going to feel old or forget my younger days.
Patty Duke American, Actress Quotes

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.
Glenn Turner New Zealander, Athlete Quotes

You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory,
preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries
many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days.
And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be
the instrument of our salvation one day.
Fyodor Dostoevski 1821-1881, Russian Novelist


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