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Date Added: September 04, 2010 02:09:20 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Too Early
(for my grandma)

Grandma, I missed your call
for breakfast this morning.
I missed the sweet, powdered odor
of your cookies
baking in the wood burning stove.
You know,
the one that leaked the wisp of smoke
from its old, iron plates,
still usable,
but very cracked
from years of use.
I missed the warmth
of your snuggle blanket’s
whisperings of love
as we cuddled
before the evening fire.
You sang beautifully,
 singing the poetries of love
taught to you by your mother,
harmonizing with the angelic voices
we heard within your thoughts,
recreating wonderful nursery rhymes
with all your golden voices.
I missed the warmth of your hand
wiping the dirt from my scratches
as you applied love dressings
to protect me.
Protector … lover giver.
Mother to my mother.
I miss all the small things
we never had.
Grandma … why did you move to heaven
before I was born?
I'm sorry, missed you.

Author's Notes:

Though I have heard many nice things about one of my grandmothers, the other I never knew anything about.  I never knew either of them and only one grandfather, the one who had disowned my mother.
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Comment By: PremiumHOPE on September 5, 2010 12:28:17 PM Report

I was blessed to know my maternal grandfather and great grand parents well into my 20's.  My great grand parent were quite healthy going into their 90's.  Unfortunately I never met my maternal grandmother who I was told many lovely stories about.  I often talk to her and I too imagine the wonderful relationship that we have.  What would she say , what would she do.  I also realize my mother's life would have been very different and that I would have never been born.  But I would have gone without being born to have my grand mother  in this world instead of me and for my mother's life to not have been filled with strife and pain.  To have eased the struggles my mother had gone through.  My grandmother passed away when my mother was in her teens and she lacked direction and  and guidance.

Gene, thank for this lovely poem and the thoughts and memories I too might have shared with my grandmother.

Sorry for the long comment.


Comment By: FreeMicky McMaster on September 4, 2010 09:51:58 PM Report
Beautiful piece ,Gene

very nicely done !



Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on September 4, 2010 11:52:41 AM Report
Gene:  loving heart-felt write. I was fortunate enough to know and spend lots of time with my Moms parents when young.  My Dads mom lived too far away and his Dad had died when my Dad was a little boy.  So I knew very well my Moms parents; but, only letters with my Dads Mom. 


Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on September 4, 2010 10:59:17 AM Report
Oh I love this Gene. It resonates within me. I too never knew my grandmothers or one grandfather. One grandmother died years before I was born. One grandfather was in my life but sparingly...there are no memories such as you have so beautifully outlined in this poem. I will save this as a favorite for it exhibits the same yearning I have always had for the grandparents I never knew. Great poem...such a rewarding find for me this morning. It is such a pleasure to visit your page. Thank you for sharing.

~Barbara D.~ 


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