Friday, July 24, 2009

My great grandfather, William (Bill) Fry was a published author and poet. Sadly he passed before I had the chance to know him. I recently came across a photocopy of one of his books of poetry in a drawer. The actual book is safely packed away in box at my mother's house. She does not share my belief that wonderful family heirlooms should be enjoyed, but that is a topic for another day. What I wanted to share is his Introduction to the book. I believe he wrote this between 1900 and 1910:


Friend, when on these pages

Perchance your eyes may look-

For fun instead of wages

I write this little book.

Full well I feel this feeble pen

Unequal to the task,

But I, like you and other men,

A candid hearing ask.

And should these pages you amuse

My effort is repaid,

If I can drive away the blues

By something I have said.

I think this sums up my purpose in this blog.


  1. Beautiful and so special! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful part of your family's history!

    Going to be selling or having a trunk show with your purses????

    Have a beautiful day!
    Carmen Leigh

  2. "For fun instead of wages"... I think about that a lot these days. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings.. Polly

  3. Kim, that is so special and amazing!!! What a lovely treasure to have in your family. Thanks for sharing it with us. Its clear that creativity runs in your family.
    have a great weekend
    I sent you a reply to your comment on my post, I don't know if went through because I was using my Blackberry, now I am borrowing my husbands laptop...until he hides it from me!!)

  4. Hi there, thanks so much for popping in to see me and commenting....I wanted to give everyone who had commented on my posts , an award, but I think that I gave too many as it is !!!!Anyway, thanks so much for your support. I love the little poem from your Grandfather's book. It's so lovely to have these momentos to look back on, and have a glimpse into their lives. XXXX

  5. Hi Kim
    Greetings from Coimbatore,India.This is my first time.Wonderful poetry - simple yet so beautiful.You are welcome to my blog.
    Have a great day!


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