Have you heard the stories?

Norma Jean

In 1909, in a hollar born to Charles and Violet Ann

Norma Jean began a life of strife

not knowing until later age

just how poor her future would be.

With remnants of quilts stitch into clothes

smell of coal burning in stove

so breakfast could be made

once she gathered eggs from coop.

A few pumps and water magically appeared

standing in bitter cold

mornings of helping her father

hitch up the horses to a sleigh

to take her 3 miles to a two-room school

then walk back home each afternoon

no matter the weather or perfect grades.

Norma Jean died before she became

a woman with an opportunity to change

but I’ll always remember her heart

the stories told to me as a youth.

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