Matriarch - 2012/03/14

Drift back to the year of 1932
Then a tumultuous time for all
In the midst of the Depression
Soon ended by wars deadly call

Past trepidation and confusion
Life marched on with no respite
Interrupted by the special birth
We are here to celebrate tonight

So much of what we take for granted
Is but a part of this gift she gave
She fought to teach us to be better
Even while we schemed to misbehave

She has given of herself for years
Through acts of love and sacrifice
Still ever willing to lend her hand
Or offer shrewd and tempered advice

Sharp as a tack from dawn to dusk
Putting most of her peers to shame
Say what you shall of Joan Konopka
Except to lie and declare her lame

If it was visible she has seen it
Growing wiser while living the tale
Born in a time of vacuum tube radios
Evolving to instant worldwide email

Though she wants nothing in return
Tonight we need not pay it any mind
Take the time to tell her thank you
Sharing a story if you are inclined

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