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  • 301.
    William House and Family

    Come all kind friends, both far and near,
    Come listen to me and you shall hear --
    It's of a family and their fate,
    All about them I will relate.

    They once did live at Edgerton,
    They once did live at Muskegon,
    From there they went to Chicago,
    Which proved their fatal overthrow.

    It was William House's family,
    As fine a family as you see --
    His family was eleven in all,
    I do not think it was very small.

    Two children died some years ago,
    Before they went to Chicago,
    Five children there he had with him,
    When death his home there enters in.

    The small-pox then was raging there,
    And Oh! it would not their house spare,
    For all but one was sick of them,
    A dreadful house it must have been.

    The eldest girl was married then,
    The eldest boy was in Michigan,
    The second boy he was at home,
    And took care of them all alone.

    His father and his mother dear,
    And dear sister, too, I hear,
    Were very sick and in his care,
    And no kind friends to help him there:

    Two little brothers, and a baby too,
    Made six in all -- what could he do,
    He had to take care of them all,
    The baby, too, was very small.

    As he would go to his father's bed,
    And try to soothe his aching head,
    "My son, I pray you leave me, do
    Go take care of poor mother, too."

    "Your mother and sister need your care,
    And your little infant brother there;
    Oh! Charlie, Charlie, take care of them,
    My son, do all for them you can."

    It seemed as though he did not know
    That his poor soul so soon must go,
    And leave his little ones he loved,
    To go to that bright world above.

    But God he called his soul away,
    It had to leave, it could not stay --
    He never more on earth will be,
    His soul is from sin and sorrow free.

    Charles helped the sexton, I am told,
    To lay his form in the coffin cold --
    How sad, how sad, poor soul was he,
    When last his father's form did see.

    Minnie May House she had to go,
    And leave her friends that loved her so --
    She was a girl in her teens,
    A lovely flower as e'er was seen.

    Minnie and her mother lay on one bed,
    And when Charles said, "our Minnie is dead,"
    His mother then she did grow wild,
    And early after knew her child.

    They buried Minnie by her father's side,
    And left them there where they had died --
    Charles took his mother and brothers then
    And brought them back to Michigan.

    For the mother and the baby too,
    Kind friends did all that they could do,
    But those poor souls they could not save,
    For now they're sleeping in their grave.

    Oh! what a noble son was he,
    His age was then only sixteen --
    Charles House's name I have told before
    God bless his soul forever more. read more »

  • 302.
    Black History Month

    A pretty black girl in Chicago takes a stray bullet to the back,
    another Mother standing beside a dark grave, while white America arms.
    A black boy shot in the face getting groceries for his waiting Mom,
    a congress so dumb white blind, they can't see this as wrong! read more »

  • 303.
    Charlie Parker (In Loving Memory Of Sal Paradise & Dean Moriarty)

    'Be not afraid of your madness
    But understand it and use it wisely,
    O' fortunate child of Buddha-Nature'.(Preface) read more »

  • 304.
    Michelle Obama Tribute

    Michelle Obama
    Sasha and Malia's
    momma
    First Lady 2008 read more »

  • 305.
    Imperial Drones

    superpower arrogance
    self aggrandized
    American egodacity read more »

  • 306.
    Catullus Poem 58, An Original Adaptation of an Ancient Roman Love Poem

    Johnny! It's Lesbia*, our Lesbia,
    The Lesbia, that girl Stanley loved,
    Loved more than self and all he calls his own,
    Now at the Great Hall, Chicago, Union Station, read more »

  • 307.
    The Red Flag

    The people's flag is deepest red
    It shrouded oft our martyred dead
    And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
    Their hearts' blood dyed to every fold read more »

  • 308.
    Chicago

    I've dreampt of living in Chicago all my life.
    I'd roam around and do what I please,
    not thinking about yesterday's problem or tomorrow's tasks.
    I'd sulk in the energy just thinking about here and now, read more »

  • 309.
    Chicago

    I watched the Chicago skyline
    Become bright at the height of twilight
    On a rooftop twenty-nine flights
    I felt the daily fight read more »

  • 310.
    Chicago

    Your violet eyes, your black hair flying in the wind. I glance out the window and see the highway we're on. I wonder when we'll get there. to the city I've choosen to stay for college.

    You spoke to me, saying we'll be there soon. You hold my hand on the seat of your truck. The truck you'll be selling, for a motorcycle. i smile, remembering how excited he was when he told me. read more »

  • 311.
    Chicago

    Chicago why do you have to change?
    chicago acting so plan
    chicago your better than what the people
    say your the first thing that comes to mind read more »

  • 312.
    Your Fine Charms

    Maple Marble your fine overtones,
    like Marshall Fields in Chicago
    where you wrote an essay of political analogy,
    and became The Pro, read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. The Chicago Poem, Jerome Rothenberg
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  6. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  7. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  8. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  9. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  10. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  11. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  12. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  13. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  14. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  15. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  16. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  17. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  18. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  19. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  20. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  21. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  22. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  23. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  24. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  25. Elegy, oskar hansen
  26. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  27. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  28. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  29. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  30. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  31. Lookıng For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  32. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  33. Chicago, everette johnson
  34. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
  35. Coal Bins, Donal Mahoney
  36. Letter to Annie Far Away, Donal Mahoney
  37. Caseworker's Tune, Donal Mahoney
  38. Satin and Grace, Donal Mahoney
  39. On the Road to Chicago, Donal Mahoney
  40. Bells from the Cathedral, Donal Mahoney
  41. Southside Chicago Blues, George Hunter
  42. Chicago [1920's slang], R.K. Cowles
  43. Chicago, Charlotte Lidia
  44. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  45. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  46. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  47. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  48. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  49. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  50. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  51. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  52. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  53. PURPLE OPULENCE, RIC S. BASTASA
  54. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  55. Changing Of The Seasons, Shel Silverstein
  56. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  57. Brass Spittoons, Langston Hughes
  58. a friend in chicago is in relationship, RIC S. BASTASA
  59. CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, Michael Pruchnicki
  60. ''The South Side of Chicago'' by David H.., David Hart
  61. Travel Haiku - Chicago, my other Paris, john tiong chunghoo
  62. Chicago, Lea Wilson
  63. Tough Streets Of Chicago, rico avila
  64. 'Shoe Shine Boy', Linda Winchell
  65. Radio Station: Chico, The Latest News, Atef Ayadi
  66. Radio Station: Chico, Irish Tuesday, Atef Ayadi
  67. & Living Like a Gypsy, Mamta Agarwal
  68. my auntie zousy, RIC S. BASTASA
  69. Candlelight, Gus Oloroso
  70. God Bless All, Saiom Shriver
  71. A FILIPINO WRITES FROM CHICAGO, RIC S. BASTASA
  72. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  73. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
  74. One Sided Love, Francis Duggan
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