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Jacquelyn Davis Female, 62, United States (11/27/2013 1:43:00 AM)

Looking for a poem about Abe Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks. The first line is " If Nancy Hanks came back as a ghost, seeking news of what she loved most. She would ask first, where's my son? Whats' happened to Abe?What's he done?I had to memorize this in elementary school. Does anyone know this poem or the author?Thanks for any help

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  • Laura Burns Rookie - 1st Stage (11/27/2013 2:22:00 PM) Post reply

    NANCY HANKS
    by Rosemary Benet

    If Nancy Hanks
    Came back as a ghost,
    Seeking news
    Of what she loved most,
    She'd ask first
    " Where's my son?
    What's happened to Abe?
    What's he done?"

    " Poor little Abe,
    Left all alone.
    Except for Tom,
    Who's a rolling stone;
    He was only nine,
    The year I died.
    I remember still
    How hard he cried."

    " Scraping along
    In a little shack,
    With hardly a shirt
    To cover his back,
    And a prairie wind
    To blow him down,
    Or pinching times
    If he went to town."

    " You wouldn't know
    About my son?
    Did he grow tall?
    Did he have fun?
    Did he learn to read?
    Did he get to town?
    Do you know his name?
    Did he get on?"

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