My mother kept a scrapbook in her teenage years. This poem entitled "Put My Little Shoes Away" was found in its pages with a notation that her grandmother (Mary Ann Harris Hester) had given it to her. A quick "Google search" revealed that this poem was later put to music and recorded by the Everly Brothers, Hank Snow, Bill Monroe, and others. It's really a rather sad song about a dying child. One wonders if this poem was special to my great grandmother because she lost her child Lillie Faye, my grandmother's twin, in December 1897 when she was only nine months old.
Labels: Carnival, poetry