October 31, 2012
Sepia Saturday #150: Cap and Trade
My Grandfather, born 1888, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland:
Circa 1911, Joseph Davison, age 23 (on left) Oil Van Driver
Close-up. That’s a swell couple of caps!
The same man. He looks rather beaten-down by life, doesn’t he?
I never met the man,
but I’ve heard all the tales,
of drunken-ness and violence;
no matter now, his fails.
A “bastard”, he was cursed';
he worked an old man’s farm,
his half-brother, was kind—
tried to keep him free of harm.
Where he first met with my gran
I’ll never know, for sure.
It might have been a dance—
that image will endure,
but their married life could never
stand the trial of being poor,
and a dozen mouths to feed
and the booze, that was the cure.
So, it’s not the big surprise,
His picture changed so much,
yet for all his faults and frailties,
His face, my heart, does touch.
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