my grandfather

my grandfather

A Poem by bella

Look at your grandmother

  With her soft, childlike eyes

Look at the old man at the grocery store

   Aged well beyond his years

Look at the woman gardening  

   Caring tenderly for her roses

Watch as the wrinkles form their face

And their thin lips curving upward to form a polite smile

But these people were young once too

Your grandmother was a little girl

   Dreaming of a big wedding

The man was a little boy  

   Dreaming of being a soldier

That woman wanted to be president

    Practicing her speech in the mirror

And then they were teenagers

Your grandmother had her first love

The man got drafted

That woman's dreams were crushed

In their 20’s

Your grandmother got married

The man came back looking 20 years older

That woman graduated college

And they continued to live their lives

Ensuring their soul was happy

Their eyes stayed youthful as ever

Reminiscing on their adventures in between

And that's all we see now



© 2017 bella



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I liked your thoughts and you are right. Old people have great stories to tell if we listen. I liked the story told in the poetry. Old Native American saying. Be kind to the old people. They are the teacher of the children. Thank you Bella for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 5 Months Ago


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JC
you are incredibly observant, very perceptually aware and thus able to see from others perspectives... I really dig how your poems read more as a stream of thought and consciousness as opposed to some well formed constructed 'piece'...you are real and easy to relate to.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Lovely poem. I wish there was more respect for the elderly in the world. You brought up an important concept that everyone should think on more. Thanks for sharing!

Posted 10 Months Ago


This poem reminds me of my grandparents. :) Absolutely wonderful.

Posted 1 Year Ago


A wonderfully poetic tribute to your Grandparents – loved the reference and acknowledgement to when they were young! Bless …….

Posted 1 Year Ago


bella

1 Year Ago

I have a very weird set of grandparents it was difficult to figure something out they'd all agree wi.. read more
Such a sweet lovely poem!

Posted 1 Year Ago


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SKY
And that's all we see now the years through the wrinkles on their faces. Your words gave the glimpse of the entire life of our grandparents. Amazing one!

Posted 1 Year Ago


bella

1 Year Ago

Thanks it's more sweet than the rest of my poems so it felt weird to write haha
SKY

1 Year Ago

Indeed it's a sweet and special one. Your most welcome :)

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