A Special Brand of Love by Freeda Baker Nichols

Brown Ducks

Brown Ducks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ole Jerse

Ole Jerse

With each yank the duck squawked
but Mama kept pulling out feathers.
She needed the down to replace old,
flat pillows in faded striped ticking
Seven children slept on the pillows.
Brothers pillow-fought as peals of
laughter raised the roof of the
weathered house–a home that lasted
and bonded us with the best glue.
Love brand.  They don’t make glue like
that anymore.  At least, they don’t carry
it at Wal-Mart.  But they carry pillows.
And milk.  Cold, from the refrigerated
bin.  Milk we drank started out warm,
hand-squeezed from the Jersey cow
into a tin lard pail, then poured into a
glass molasses jug with a metal bail.
We tied a cord to the bail and put the
jug of milk into a well of cool water.
At supper, the milk tasted good with
cornbread and chopped onion soaked
in it, Daddy’s favorite treat, served
with sugar-cured, smokehouse ham.
After our meal, we took a ride in our
new but used Model T.  Watched dust
clouds behind us on Silver Rock, the
911 name of a road that had no name,
back then.  And no traffic jams–like
Wal-Mart’s parking lot on Saturdays.

© 2013 Freeda Baker Nichols

9 comments on “A Special Brand of Love by Freeda Baker Nichols

  1. I WIlkerson. says:

    Nice memories. I always heard that Jerseys give some of the best milk…

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  2. What a lovely poem filled with memories. Made me think about my great uncle’s dairy farm. Love your imagery!


    • Thank you, Patricia. The memories are fun to put into poems. I suppose it must have been a blessing when electricity came to our homeplace on Banner Mountain, but I’ve yet to write my first poem on how the refrigerator cooled the cow’s milk. lol 🙂


  3. dotlatjohn says:

    More sweet family memories. Special Moms and Dads are the kind of glue you’re talking about.


    • One line in this poem does not speak the truth. The line that says “They don’t make glue like that anymore.” I based this on something one of my children said, when she was little and she was watching The Waltons TV show, she said, “They don’t make love like that anymore.” Of course, there is love like that still today, it just does not show up much on TV and in the movies.


  4. dotlatjohn says:

    Loving Moms and Dads are the glue that bonds us together. As always, sweet memories of your farm life.


  5. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    Sounds like you did have a very close family and many wonderful times to remember 🙂


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