Gertrude – July 14

7.14.2015

you’d be a hundred

today

 

she’d be a hundred

today

 

in 1915 the US legislature

turned down

women’s vote

 

but Orson Welles

was born

Thomas Merton

was born

Billie Holiday

was born

 

and you.

 

the one millionth Ford car rolled off the assembly line

British and German soldiers shocked the generals with

their unofficial Christmas truce

Einstein formulated the theory of relativity

Babe Ruth hit his first big league home run

 

and you came to brighten the world.

 

On this day twenty years ago

your grandson first walked

 

On this day today we drink a

milkshake

at Peppermint Twist

in toast

for you.

 

Rider of roller coasters

singer of charms and psalms

lover of our family

 

Mother to my heart.

 

One hundred years ago today

You.

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