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Badge of Triumph

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 24, 2013

Badge of Triumph

By Maryhale Woolsey

I saw them but once, in passing by –
Twin little shacks in a mining town.
They sat side by side like gray old dames,
Each in a shabby and faded gown.

And one cringed hopelessly, bowed to doom;
But one had a heart that was brave and gay.
(In one little moment I saw them so,
For only once did I pass that way.)

How did I know? – Why, this was the sign:
The house that held courage and laughter still,
Waved bright ruffled curtains to greet the breeze,
And tulips bloomed on its window sill.

(1948)



5 Comments »

  1. Nice!

    Comment by David Y. — September 24, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

  2. I love it.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 24, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  3. Ardis, can you fix that to read “Mary Hale Woolsey”?
    She’s my great-great-aunt. I’ve just been learning more about her as I help my mom write our family story.
    I wonder if that mining town in the poem is Kenilworth, Utah, where my mom was born.

    Comment by Beth — September 24, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  4. Beth, Mary Hale Woolsey is an old friend (not personally, of course, but a favorite on Keepa); I’ve posted several of her poems, and this article that I originally published in my Salt Lake Tribune column. I don’t understand why she occasionally gave her name as “Maryhale” when she published her poetry, as she did this one when it appeared in the Relief Society Magazine, but it evidently was a deliberate choice — it appears this way too often for it to have been a typo. But readers should be alerted to the fact that her name actually was Mary Hale Woolsey.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 24, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

  5. Ardis, I did not know that! Thank you.

    Comment by Beth — September 25, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

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