’Twas a few years ago, a sense of sadness crept over me, and I wrote this piece:

 ‘She leaves tomorrow, my little one, back to the US to complete her studies. This morning I peeped into her bedroom, and the mirror opposite reflected her face, innocent in sleep, a face I had seen from babyhood, watched taking her first tentative steps, watched entering the portals of learning, even watched boys looking at her more appreciatively than I was happy with!   

’Twas a few years ago, a sense of sadness crept over me, and I wrote this piece:

 ‘She leaves tomorrow, my little one, back to the US to complete her studies. This morning I peeped into her bedroom, and the mirror opposite reflected her face, innocent in sleep, a face I had seen from babyhood, watched taking her first tentative steps, watched entering the portals of learning, even watched boys looking at her more appreciatively than I was happy with!   

I love playing cricket, and even now am called down by the local Royal Blues team to play for them, especially when they have a player short. They tell me they love the four I pull over the bowler’s head and I laugh, because I know that that shot came from childhood, when my brother and I played cricket down a long corridor and the only way I could escape being out was to hit the ball over his head when he bowled!

’Tis not often Liberty Island ferrymen and those that ply the Ellis island ferry around New York show agitation. “She was crying,” said a ferryman to his wife that night, “I swear I saw them tears roll down the Statue of Liberty’s cheeks!”

 “Oh, the poor thing!” cried his wife.

The price of gold has gone up, the cost of diamonds too

So what do I get my beloved what is it I should do?

I dare not get her clothes, they don’t seem to fit she says,

I dare not get her gifts, they’re expensive these days.

So what do I get my beloved, what is I should do?

The price of gold’s gone up, the price of diamonds too!

 

So I thought and thought and scratched my head, and wondered what to do

The price of gold’s gone up, the price of diamonds too.

I scratched my head and stroked my beard

Then came up with a thought most weird

Maybe the price of gold’s gone up, and that of diamonds too

But maybe my heart would do the job that all the gold can’t do.

 

So I’m telling my beloved, it’s my heart you’re gonna get

It’s going to be a Valentine, you’ll never, never forget

So here I’m all excited, it’s my heart instead of gold

My own dear heart instead, of some dreary, bleary gold.

I can see the smile that she will have as she sees my gift so true

Oh Bob it’s not gold or diamonds, it’s your heart, it’s really you!

 

She saw my gift ‘Ah No’ she cried and gave me a slap, no two,

‘Maybe gold has gone up, the cost of diamonds too

I’m sure you scratched your head and stroked your beard

And came up with this gift so weird.’

‘But Bob a lil’ bit of gold, maybe a diamond too

Would have bin’ a lot more better than this stingy heart from you’

 

The price of gold has gone up, the cost of diamonds too

So what do I get my beloved what is it I should do?

I dare not get her clothes, they don’t seem to fit she says

I dare not get her gifts, they’re expensive these days.

There’s nothing to get my beloved, there’s nothing I need to do,

She’s gone away this Valentine’s, to her mother’s place, boo-hoo..!

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