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A Picture

From the Newark Evening Star, July 30, 1914. By Miriam Teichner.

Dad and mother’s picture, honeymooning at Niagara Falls;
Routed from the trunk among the rags and scraps and camphor balls.
        Mother’s slender, fair, beguiling;
        Father’s straight and proud and smiling,
Ah, the memories and fancies that the faded print recalls!

Mother’s dressed in curious fashion; tiny bonnet, basque of plaid;
Father, too, is wondrous strangely, yes, astonishingly clad.
        Seated, she; behind her standing,
        Trying hard to look commanding,
Father is, and both are scarcely more than children, lass and lad.

Smiling lovers of the picture much has come to make you sad;
Faces both are lined and thinner since you mother are and dad.
        Girl and boy so fair and slender,
        How the heart grows warm and tender
Just to think of all the glowing hopes and fancies that you had.

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