Gertrude – July 14


you’d be a hundred



she’d be a hundred



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


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



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