I had a mother who read to me

One of my adult students saw the news spot about the Bookworm Program and shared this poem by Strickland Gillian. Thanks for sharing, Candy…

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe –
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales –
True to his trust till his tragic death –
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh – that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be —
I had a Mother who read to me.

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