Mary Judge Connor Welch

As I sat on a cliff
Looking out toward the sea
I thought about Mary
And the trip that would be
She was crammed on a boat
With family and strangers
On the voyage to America
Found unexpected dangers
Mary made it to land
Pat died along the way
Even though she was alone
She decided to stay
James made her his wife
And to Iowa they went
For her son back in Ireland
She eventually sent
Two more daughters they had
And a life started new
A brave woman indeed
For all she made it through.

©Lori Fogarty



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