Dearest Mother, -
Although I am so far away.
My thoughts are all with you today
And this wee poem just comes to say
"Many Happy Returns of the Day."
I hope you realize that writing verse Is not my line, - but this could be worse, And you know I simply can't be outdone By a Mother who wrote me such a lovely pome. So I'm trying my best, and I'll admit it's fun. Writing 'fish stories' is much more my line As I said before, than writing in rhyme, But may be that will come to, in time.
Words fail when I try to express All you've done and are doing for me, Mother Dear, But I wish with all my heart, none the less That every day of the coming year May bring you health and happiness! (over)