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some writings of Pamela Marion Barrington MBE

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Eulogy

Mum was born May 6, to Tom & Edith Goodland in Ayelsbury in England. Places and dates are not the story. Mum wasn’t good with some dates, including the year of her birth. Those who try to document her life will have their own challenges.

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The Flowers

Buy my English posies
Kent and Surrey may
Violets of the Undercliff
Wet with Channel spray;
Cowslips from a Devon combe
Midland furze afire
Buy my English posies
And I’ll sell your heart’s desire !

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The God’s of the Copybook Headings

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
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Let Me Hide My Hand

If ever I am rich enough to make
Generous gestures let me hide my hand.
Let me give freely lest my giving take
With it freedom, Not the frailest strand
Of obligation must go with my gift,
Nor must the comfort glow of being kind
Be used to lend a foolish head a lift.
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Sutherland Shire 30 Years

Dedicated to 30 Years of Service by Members of Sutherland Shire Branch of Save the Children Fund

They’re sick and they’re tired and hungry as hell,
Legs covered with ulcers that won’t ever get well.
We see pictures – hear stories – but do we really ken
The hardships they suffer, these children of men.

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