Mary Palmieri Gai


“SEVEN” by Mary Gai

The house was sold
My job was done
Collected signs and cards
Every last one

Took the keybox, locked the door
And then saw one thing more

I must take this birdhouse, don’t you see?
My brother, he made it, and gave it to me

To use for Real Estate to show and sell
And this little one worked very well

So I picked it up, quick as a bunny
Only to see something funny

Seven little birds all brand new
Cuddled in a nest, what should I do?

Called the Audobon and they said that it was okay
To put it back, but to call, if mom stays away

I placed it over them so gingerly
Got into the car and did a “wait and see”

It wasn’t long before I did spy
A bird in a tree that looked ready to fly

The mom had been watching and waiting
And most certainly anticipating

To see her babies every last one
After all, their lives had just begun

She left again, and then came back with the dad
And they fed their babies all the food that they had.

Then to the birdhouse I did something rather bold
Wrote on it, with black Sharpie

June 8, 1958

MANY FROM Greens Farms

And surrounding areas were in

New York Thursday and Friday

Attending the auction’ at the

Parke-Bernet galleries in Madison

Avenue, when such season offerings

Such as garden furniture and

Stone and metal ornaments for

gardens and terraces were put

up on the block for the heirs of

Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Vander-

bilt. Their showplace home in

Beachside Avenue, Greens Farms

also is up lor sale complete with

Gardener and chauffeur, cottages,

Mrs. Vanderbilt, nee Mildren

Bedford of the Standard Oil clan,

died in 195I and Mr. Vanderbilt

wiII be dead four years in August,

their heirs are three sons, all

married, F. Bedford Vanderbilt

who resides in Sasco Hill road,

Southport; Robert T. Vanderbilt,

Jr., a resident of Merwin’s lane,

Greenfield Hill, and Hugh Vanrbilt

who settled in Old Greenwich.

Mrs. Vanderbilt was a

cousin of Frederick H. Bedford,

„ whose prize-winning cattle

roam the greens of Nyala Farms,

Shore road, Greens Farms, near

Sherwood Island and where Mr.

Bedford resides with his wile and

daughter, Ruth. Mrs. Arthur McCashin

and Mrs. Briggs Swift

Cunningham are his other daughters.

In Memory of my own mother

Lover of birds and all living things 

Josephine Palmieri 1916-2009

 Who always said to me. “Be good to yourself!!”

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