I Will Never Forget…


 

English: Sweetango apples one peck

English: Sweetango apples one peck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I Will Never Forget…

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/Granny Gee

She came home to where she was living now

With her little bag of apples

Someone gave them to her

She didn’t know how to say no

Say no, because where she lived wasn’t normal

She had nowhere safe to put the apples

She knew visitors would come in the night

To steal them from her

She came home, went into her tiny bedroom

The only room she could call hers

Where to put the bag of apples

There was only one place, that was on the wall

She found a hammer, nail

Hammered a nail into the wall just above her bed

She hung her bag of apples on the nail

She went about her business, forgot the apples

That night she went to bed, fell asleep

Until she felt a sharp pain on her hand

She sat up quickly, saw in the nightlight

A big rat with yellow teeth

The pain was severe, she felt something wet

She got up, turned on the light

There was a deep gash in her finger

She looked up, on the wall was a hole in her bag of apples

She felt tears in her eyes, anger in her heart

It quickly subsided, as gratefulness settled in

She was thankful to have a place to live

A place she could call ‘home’

It was given with a generous heart

From people who didn’t have a lot

Yet, they shared with her, kept her safe

Thank God, she wasn’t alone when she could have been

She didn’t see the awfulness around her

Nor smelled the smells, she accepted with her heart

The offered kindness, no strings attached

She saw Heaven when she looked around

Thank you, Lord… for these people

Who fed her, sheltered her, asked for nothing

I’m so grateful to be here

It means the world to me, I will never forget

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