Daddy’s Family Photo©
A faded family picture always hung on daddy's wall
It's the only one that I know of ever taken of them all
Talmadge is holding Doris, Robert sits on Grace's knee
Dewitt and Leon are bookends holding together the other three
No one recalls the occasion or who captured the moment in time
But in that faded photo was a life they soon would leave behind
Grace would soon have Luther then shortly she was gone
Leaving Talmadge with 8 small faces and for 2 years he carried on
But one day something happened as many believed it would
That left six empty spaces in a picture where small bare feet had stood
Scattered like by a driving wind, the six youngest went different ways
Five returned over the years, except Luther even ‘til today
If only one could turn back the clock and begin anew this day
Maybe they could change the forces that sent the six away
So that next to daddy’s photo which always hung upon on his wall
Could hang one taken later that still would show them all.
Written by Frank Watson, Tallahassee, FL
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