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Author Name: Freevictor69 8 Comments
Date Added: December 31, 2008 20:12:43 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Smile, It could be worse

Pockets are empty

The well has run dry

Running in circles

Just lay down and cry.


No food on the table

No wood on the fire

No chance of improvement

Situation dire.


But wait!


People sobbing in the street

Not enough money; ends to meet


This is Twenty Zero Nine

Not Nineteen Forty Six

Back then they made do with just enough food

So stop ya snivelling…pricks!


Get up off your arses

And take the bus to town

The pennies you save on petrol

Will turn around your frown.


It’s not just you that’s in this mess

But do you see me crying?

Roll up your sleeves and do something

I can’t stand people whining.


I still wake up in the morning

And smile with the new dawn

I can look at my reflection

Not a trace of being forlorn.


My gran grew up in London

In a time known as the blitz

No money, no food, no shoes on her feet

And by the end she had no tits!


Not once did I ever hear her curse

About how hard her life had been

I doubt I could live through

Half of what she’d seen.


My gran is a long time dead now

I keep remembering sayings of hers

Her favourite was always this one

“Smile, it could be worse!”

Author's Notes:
2008 has been a bad one, 09 ain't lookin much better, but hey! me gran was right!!!!!!!!
(Just to clarify, a bomb went off quite close to my gran. The resulting injuries meant she had to have both of her breasts removed. She was only a teenager at the time)
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Comment By: FreeAdri on April 23, 2009 04:45:13 AM Report
That is a sad story about your gran, I am sorry to hear that.
2008 was also not a golden moment for me, and so far 2009 has not been better, but hey, there is always something that makes it a bit brighter, and give a smile.
Good write, I like this.
Adri x

Comment By: FreeStephen Owen AKA Passion Hawk on February 11, 2009 05:44:06 AM Report
So true man,loved this cos it is so right,brilliant..thanx for stopping by,Kenny was one of the best..Steve
Comment By: FreeAngel on February 9, 2009 05:14:35 PM Report
Oh yes my gran was the same. Conversation and smiles then. Don't let it get ya down




Love Angelxxxx

Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on February 9, 2009 05:01:11 PM Report
Your gran was a wise woman. Good advice. Good work. ML
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on January 24, 2009 06:05:34 PM Report
yer house burned..yer family is dead, but, hey, at least the cat made it out OK.. can always be worse...But seriously....the dark days of WW2 for many in Europe were so much worse than any of us can truly imagine. It must have seemed like the world was really coming to an end....yer pal, len
Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on January 7, 2009 06:03:02 AM Report
This is a terrific write John. Your Gran was so right with her saying. Somebody always has it worse. Happy New Year, by the way. Joe
Comment By: FreeJennifer on January 3, 2009 03:23:05 PM Report
sure can be worse! I agree with grandma! Glad you take her advice! It is good words to live by! I really enjoyed the read of this poem! Thanks for sharing it!

Comment By: PremiumGlata on January 1, 2009 06:20:32 AM Report
Ah yes! And as bad as things may seem, if we have our health and our families then we should be grateful.

Thanks for this reminder, brother mine! I agree...if we had to live through even HALF of what our  grandparents did, we'd NEVER complain about today's problems.

Hugs and love ya...and Happy New Year! It can be anything we choose to make it.



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