“Raggedy Ann” This is a true story


Raggedy Ann

Walking the streets is a small girl of five

With no one to wonder if she is alive

She’s hungry and cold, and no shoes to wear

No sleeves on her shirt so her arms are bare

Darkness descends, but there’s no place to sleep

Hungry and cold and no time to weep

Streets full of people, but they see not

This small, sweet angel this world forgot

Her tummy is aching with hunger tonight

Will she find food without having to fight?

So many without homes and no place to go

We all know this, but pretend we don’t know

Garbage was found, and she rushed over to it

Item by item, she began picking through it

She sees a hand and then a small head

A doll with hair all raggedy and red

With tears in her eyes, she whispers a name

I’ll call you Ann; that was Mama’s name

She went to heaven, so I’m on my own

You can stay with me so you won’t be alone

She found some big boxes, and she snuggled in one

She cuddled her doll and love had begun

God watched over her and to a family He led

She carried her doll with the raggedy, red head

Now the story continues to another time and place

The little girl has grown up with style and grace

She has a small daughter, a sad little miss

Mom wipes her tears away and gives her a kiss

Mom tells her a story and it goes like this

When I was young and had no one to care

I found this doll with the raggedy, red hair

So many nights she shared my bed

I love this doll with the raggedy, red head

I now give her to you to love and to hold

She’ll snuggle with you so you won’t be cold

Her name is Ann, your grandma’s name

Her heart is sweet, like yours, the same

When you grow up, and she’s packed away

You can give her to your daughter some day

She took care of me and she’ll take care of you

So always treasure Raggedy Ann with love so true


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