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Family Dedications ( Part Two )

Written by Lady Jude

The West Coast

Fragments of childhood memories remain

A strong proud man dressed in miners attire

Working hard for us, your family

Standing here today I’ll always remember ya

The old Bedford bus

Always arriving at 9

Across the grey river you travelled

A short ride to the Blackball mine

Here in the South you raised your family

On a small coalminers wage

Working hard for your dollar

Never any words of complaint

Crib time in the winch house

You said you enjoyed best

Many a friendship made

In those days a miner was a protected species

Friday nights spent at the Blackball Hilton

A pint or a nip of Whiskey to share

A toast to good cheer

All miners would cheer

I’ve returned to my roots

I stand here at the Blackball bridge

Eroded and now washed away

Time somehow stole the past

The coalmine has now closed

But the memories still linger

Memories never to be forgotten

Now all remains are the fond memories of you

You’re Gone

Now you’re gone the tears are never far

Flowing like a waterfall

A stream of emotions

That still flow from the heart

A pond full of sorrows

Needing it to be crystal clear

An ice path ahead of your journey

To find heavens door

Your my dearly departed

We road every raging wave

Drowning in a sea of emotion

Of your sad decline

Through your now gone

I know you’re never far

You had to go

The day the Angels came

On that starry night

The stars twinkled, that night you were born

A special kind of magical moment

Our precious baby boy

Born beautiful, delicate and irresistible

Sharing our first cuddles

holding you so close

You brought us tears of joy

T’was love at first sight, that starry night

Sharing our first kiss, a treasured gift

My hand reached out to touch yours

Wrapping your tiny hand around my little finger

Sharing an abundance of, on that starry night

Your very first smile

Your wee heart beating next to mine

Our memories we will share, of that starry night

Special moments I’ll cherish forever

Copyright Lady Jude 2008


10 responses

  1. You have such a wonderful gift which speaks to my heart, I’m so happy to be your friend and to become a part of your world, thank you xxx

    November 30, 2010 at 9:35 am

  2. SethPopowich

    Absolutely brilliantly written. What wonderful fond memories you have Lady Jude. I guess memories are a way of holding onto the things you love… the things you never want to lose.

    November 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  3. A well written family memories. take care

    November 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

  4. What a beautiful memory collection you have Lady Jude and all our lives are made up of such moments we remember and treasure..
    Sometimes the most simplist of these are the most precious we keep close to our hearts..
    May your memories forever be held close to you and bring your moments of silent thought many a smile.. Hugs Dreamwalker xx

    November 28, 2010 at 4:01 am

  5. Chantal Tytof

    thank you, my beloved friend, kissessss and for your son. U wish you a wonderful birthday, my best wishes of peace and happiness are flying till you, a lot of love, light and kissesssss with a sincere heart

    November 27, 2010 at 2:24 am

  6. another fine collection, my friend, and one which describes the love you felt and feel for each person is brought to life by your words. We all draw from our own experiences in this life, how can we not?, and we are able to share them through our verses. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings, Lady Jude. and enable us to ‘meet’ the people you describe so well. … xPenx

    November 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  7. This is wonderful Judi. A different style for you. I like it very much.

    November 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  8. A beautiful family memory Lady Jude , I sense a writer that hails from a mining fraternity also a sense of how your recent events have affected you as they have everyone who has knowledge of the hardships and dangers of a miner ,you have my sympathy and condolences as do all the peoples of New Zealand Lady Jude
    Ian aka Emu

    November 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  9. I love this one, the West Coast…just hit a nerve
    Thank you, Lady Jude
    Peace to you,

    November 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    • chantal tytof

      wonderful way to write, very dear Judi; you have something “magical” and i love that, kissesssss

      December 1, 2010 at 2:08 am

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