My generation
from Verdun
grew up
With Fathers
who worked in factories
and Mothers
who, if they worked
were in retail or service
low paying

To do better
was a challenge
in many, many ways
these were
awesome people of
incredibly principled standards
but fun loving people
they were, too
appreciated a joke
and understood sadness.

We had a community
90,000 people
and it always seemed
like you knew everybody
there was two religions
Catholic and Protestant
and two languages
English and French
We didn’t always
all get along
But when things got tough
you could depend
on the others
as they had on you.

Things do change
through various forms
of departure
and some things
just naturally
remain more or less
the same
and to do better
is still a challenge
in many, many ways.

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