Poem: “Once There was a Father”

Once There was a Father

Once, there was a father,
Who loved his little girl.
He held her hand and walked to Mass
So she could see the Pearl.

“My darling, there is silver,
My darling, there is gold,
But the greatest price is sacrifice,
The world keeps that untold.

The world can give you silver,
With gold, it can entice.
Diamond, topaz, rubies,
But none can match Pearl’s price.

Sacrifice, gave birth to you.
Sacrifice, it fed.
Sacrifice, it guided you.
Sacrifice, it bled.

For every drop of blood He shed,
Gave us the faith to trust.
And made us rich in sacrifice
To give you Bread not crust.

And for awhile, sometimes, we stray,
Believing not in Creeds.
But when things don’t sustain our souls
Then turn to Pearl that bleeds.”

Failing, father said he wished,
“For every time…a penny,”
He heard the daily words, so rich,
“…be shed for you and many.”

The little girl, she cried,
Raining on his bed a flood.
But father saw her sacrifice,
“Your tears are crystal blood.”

Once there was a father,
Who loved his little girl.
He held her hand for his last Mass
But left her with…the Pearl

Hilary McRee Flanery

Hilary McRee Flanery studied Theatre Arts in college at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, USA. She has been in numerous theatre productions over the last 20 years but her real claims to fame have been "Opening Nights" in leading roles on delivery tables throughout the US Midwest where she has performed and produced ten children.

"Raising a large family and writing means that I set up strict priorities. I start each day with a prayer that has been in my family since God was a boy - 'Come Holy Ghost...give me the faith of your Saints, the courage of your martyrs, and the money and success of your athiests.'"

Hilary and her husband, Randy, have been hapily married for 30 years and are certifiably insane. They know this to be a fact since Randy is a Clinical Psychologist.

The Flanerys reside in St. Louis, Missouri with their 10 children, termites and a large bottle of wine. She blogs at www.hilaryflanery.blogspot.com.