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Phillip Coffey - Happy birthday to my wife

”Upbringing Not Solid “
Poem to my wife, Billie Slaven Coffey, on her birthday


Raised by a toothless, old hound and a tree stump setter
He up and started out to leave his ill fame and misfortune
Discovering that to get ahead he really needed a fine education
Kinfolks implied- “Why not one of those schools in Massachusetts?”

Sure was a difficult enterprise to enter - no pathway could he follow
What should he do- others writing about his laden discomforts
that he encountered in his unsheltered life - upbringing not solid
Low and behold until was found close kin had once attended Harvard.




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