Alexander Graham Bell (1847 -1922)
A commemorative marker
For a man that would excel.
Hangs at sixteen Charlotte Street.
The birthplace of Alexander Bell.
In eighteen hundred and forty-seven.
With natural curiosity
Our world he would enliven.
His parents had three sons
Melville and Edward his brothers.
Dad was Professor Alexander
And Eliza Grace was his mother.
Experimenting at an early age
With his best friend Ben Herdman.
Together made a de-husking machine
Now inventing would be his plan.
Aleck was deeply affected
By his mother’s deafness.
Led him to study acoustics
He wrote “The Standard Elocutionist.”
Became a U.S.citizen
In eighteen-hundred and twenty-two.
Claimed as a “native son” by
Canada and Scotland too.
Called “the father of the deaf”
For work on speech and elocution.
Led him to experiment which
Brought the telephone invention.
His interests extremely varied
From medical to aeronautics.
Considered an inventive genius
In voice and electronics.
Bell died of pernicious anemia
August second, nineteen-twenty-two.
Excelled in communications
And whatever he did pursue.
His name in the top one-hundred
In the United States.
As one of the greatest inventors
That no one can debate.