Recipe For A Happy Family – Poetry By Sonya Harvey
Recipe for a Happy Family Take a fashioned family home And place it in a friendly zone. Add all the main ingredients To please all the inhabitants. Take a single maiden fair And a man, to make a pair. Mix together gradually And help to raise a family. Take the three main schools of life And place them near to where the wife Can watch her children safely go Away to school, to learn and grow. Leave the mixture for a while Adapting its own personal style; Then return, and, last of all, Add the hardships which must fall. If this is a happy cast Through all troubles it will last. Add love and trust and thoughtful zest. This will be the final test. If one should lose the trust of all And once again to hardships fall, Let all forgive and hope they’ll prove That wrong shall never banish love. And as the years go by and by, Add just a little heavy sigh And hope the family will live long Aiming to start another one.
I wrote this when I was 12 after my mum was annoyed with me for going on a sleepover and forgetting to call her before I went to sleep to let her know I was back from the teen disco and safe at my friend’s house. Mum was so cross with me that she didn’t speak to me for hours and I wrote this to say sorry.
The poem seems naive and old fashioned now; the family is cast in a traditional setting as there was no such thing as gay partnerships or marriage in those days or gay partners with children so do excuse the sentiment from that perspective.
Thank You Sonya
Thank you Sonya for your lovely poem and how young you were when you wrote it. I hope you are still creating poetry and we would love to read some more again soon!
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