Not being able to find mom’s will pulled our family apart
my three first cousins hired a lawyer, got half my money
I hated those cold blooded snakes with all my heart
it was a sad time with none of us thinking clearly.

My three first cousins hired a lawyer, got half my money
vindictive words got me sporting for a fight
it was a sad time with none of us thinking clearly
they were dead wrong and I was in the right.

Vindictive words got me sporting for a fight
we lost ourselves and our dignity
they were dead wrong and I was in the right
they splurged on silk linen shirts and a Mercedes.

We lost ourselves and our dignity
my dear mother was turning over in her grave
they splurged on silk linen shirts and a Mercedes
I’m ashamed how we hurt one another and misbehaved.

My dear mother was turning over in her grave
this kind of betrayal wasn’t forgiven easily
I’m ashamed how we hurt one another and misbehaved
an apache match — never forgotten completely.

This kind of betrayal wasn’t forgiven easily
I hated those cold blooded snakes with all my heart
an apache match — never forgotten completely
not being able to find mom’s will pulled our family apart.

McGowan is retired and lives in Princeton Junction. She attends poetry workshops: Delaware Valley Inc., Twin Rivers Writers Group, and Anna Evans Poetry Workshop. “Apache Match” is a ballad.

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