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The Ballad of Ned

by Annette (Wengert) Tarpley

The Ballad of Ned

Long ago, and oh so far away, in the Deep throes of the south
Lived a man named Ned, a gentle soul, born with a deformity of the mouth

Through the years it’s been said, that his mama, sheltered him from harm
He grew up caring for the land and animals, on an old country farm

Then the time came, for him to go off to school, an atmosphere of unrest
His mama packed his lunch, walked him to the bus, and whispered, mama loves you best

The children teased and taunted him, they were mean and downright cruel
He was bullied all day, but nothing was done, the school had no set rules

After school he would walk home alone, tears streaming down his face
When he finally got home, mama wiped away his tears, greeting him with a warm embrace

She said, son I declare, I taught you better, I told you you’re covered with armor
You are protected in blood, you are a child of God, you are not merely the son of a farmer

The next day he went to school, he stood up taller, a confident smile on his face
He went to the front of the class, approached the chalkboard, the writings he began to erase

With the chalk he wrote: God is love, I am love, and my love I extend to you
Tears rushed down the teachers face, falling down the cheeks of students too

From that day forward, no one bullied the sweet, young and disfigured Ned
He was blessed with a life full of love and always remembered the words his mother had said…

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Annette (Wengert) Tarpley 12/1/20

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Written by Anne Thrope

Ellen S. Breiling, aka Anne Thrope, is a multiple award-winning, published poet appearing in various poetry anthology books and magazines, with a forthcoming book, "Full Circle: 360° Poetry" - due for release Fall, 2020. She is the Chief Administrator of the US/Canada region for Motivational Strips, the world's largest writer's forum, the founder of Full Circle Poetry, and she manages 360° Poetry, a personal poetry blog, all can be found on Facebook. Ellen is an approving editor for the Bharath Vision website, affiliated with Motivational Strips. She is also a co-author of the poetry book, "Chasing Zephyrs." She was recognized by The Government of Peru as one of the world's foremost contemporary writers and awarded accordingly. And on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day in 2020, Ellen was among the world's most highly respected poets to receive an award directly from the Government of Gujarat and the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi in celebration.

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