While moving some books around I spotted a ribbon peaking out between the pages of "Riley Love Lyrics", by JamesWhitcomb Riley. A book that belonged to my Grandmother. Knowing my Grandmother's passion for poetry, I was curious to see what she had marked.
The title page seemed to reflect the spirit of the book. My Grandmother was a romantic at heart.
"To the Elect of Love, or side-by-side
In raptest ecstasy, or sundered wide
By seas that bear no message to or fro
Between the loved and lost of long ago"
Turning to the page marked by the ribbon I came to a poem entitled "When Lide Married Him". I thought this was sweet and probably a reflection of her feelings for my Grandfather.
WHEN LIDE MARRIED HIM
When Lide married him -- w'y she had to res dee-fy
he whole population! --But she never bat' an eye!
Her parents begged and threatened--she must give him up--that he
iz jes "a common drunkard!"--and he wiz, appearantly.--
Swore the'd chase him off the place
Ef he ever showed his face--
ong after she'd eloped with him and married him for shore!
When Lide married him, it wiz "Katy, bar the door!"
When Lide married him--Well! She had to go and be
A hired girl in town somewhere--while he tromped round to see
What he could git the he ould do--you might say, jes sawed wood
From door to door! --that's what he done--'cause that wiz best he could!
And the strangest thing i jing!
iz, he didn't drink a thing,--
ut jeez got down to business, like he someway wanted to,
When Lide married him, like they warned her not to do!
When Lide married him--er, rather, had ben married
little upwards of a year--some feller come and carried
that hired girl way with him--a rather stylish feller
In a bran-new green spring-wagon, with the wheels striped red and yellar:
And he whispered, as they driv
ords the country, "Now we'll live!"--
And somepin' else she laughed to hear, though both her eyes wiz dim,
'Bout "trustin' Love and Heav'n above, sense Lide married him!"
I guess the heart wants what the heart wants.
Dr. Johnny L❤️VE