37. Visiting Vicky

And she told me

Come full circle

Lying in a hospital room

Came to Saskatoon

When seven years old

Kilburn Hall was home

An orphanage

Youngest of Six

Mom from Ile-a-la-Crosse

Couldn’t take care of her

Dad from Scotland

Worked in the hospital there

Sister nine and brother fourteen

With her for four years

And then to foster care

Grew up Roman Catholic

Worked in those homes

Made spending money

Taught how to wash clothes

Not much chance at school

Three brothers and sisters

And the two older

Didn’t know very well

As they in other foster homes

Or all gone working

Was phoned four months ago

From Ile-a-la-Crosse

To pick up brother’s ashes

How could she

Some of them are gone now

One brother recently

And so it goes

Loves taking off in her


Hiding from them all

Funnier than listening to

You can’t do this

You can’t do that.


Aug. 30, 2019


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