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ONE LITTLE GIRL (Tess's Dream)


By beanerywriters(11,675)



            Down in the hills of Tennessee
            dotted with one room shantys
            po' little Tess lived
            her pa went off to the coal mine
            her ma hung washin' on the line.
            From six rowdy siblings
            some older, some younger
            she took some awful ribbin'
            there was mo' takin' than givin'
            Barefoot and shy
            her pigtails would fly
            as she skipped the dirt road
            hummin' a tune, she'd dream past noon
            hopin' for schoolin' real soon.
            Determined, Tess clenched her fist
            they'd not laugh,
            she'd see to that!
            She dug her feet in the dark earth
            straightened her back
            loaded up her backpack
            and at fifteen, she left "the hollow"
            to follow her dreams.
            An education she'd be gettin'
            worked her way thru school to university
            graduated summa cum laude,
            returned to Tennessee with her teaching degree.
            Her siblings were all grown
            some with kids of their own,
            but one little girl, bright and shy
            tugged her aside, "Pretty miss, teach me
            my ABC's. . .cause I wanna' be. . .somebody."
            Tess smiled as she remembered
            her long ago dream
            soft as a summer sigh
            shining thru the child's eyes. . .

---written by Kathleen




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