Grace

Grace

A Poem by Verser

Grace

d.1846

6 yrs 4 days

 

 

small stone

in the shadow

of Mother and Father

 

were you running

toward the gate

with your birthday

gift in hand

a ribbon

 

was your hair

golden in sunlight

dusky in night

 

were you held

in illness by

your father’s arms

 

was your last day

tear-full and grave

wonder and awe

ribbon-clutched

 

you were the gift

child

 

and I wonder

oh how can

such a small cold place

hold the Grace

of God

© 2013 Verser


My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Featured Review

this was completely spell binding Verser. Captivated by the emotion evoked and in awe of this heart wrenching write. I love concise verses that convey so much more. Proof positive that one need not be long winded and verbose to convey depth of feeling and emotion.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

Thanks, LA. I believe that is what poetry (and all writing for that matter) is all about. Say the mo.. read more



Reviews

This is achingly beautiful. It reminds me of our Virginia who died at age 2 in 1920, whose only "life" I knew was a small cold stone in the shadow of my great grandparents.. Yes, I "wonder" too.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Verser

4 Years Ago

Lovely, Lisa. Thank you.
I was mesmerized by how utterly beautiful this reads! The litany of emotion poured from each stanza as I scrolled down the page, and the last verse overwhelmingly broke my heart.

I'm at a loss for what more to say, other than thank you for capturing the loss of this innocent, beautiful child!

My best,
Kelly






Posted 4 Years Ago


Ah, this is exactly what I've been searching for today. Proof. Poetry, inching into my space, filling something that needs to be filled. A poem that leaves you with a powerful feeling not of validation; too superficial. But connection. Carl, thank you for lending me your poetic sensibility, today.

A moving, piece.

DPaz

Posted 6 Years Ago


Verser

6 Years Ago

Thanks so much. I would love to see some poems from you--when you can. Meanwhile, again, thanks for .. read more
Beautiful...I've spent many hours pondering the same as I've walked among these fading stone markers in small Vermont towns, trying to imagine that pain you write of so elegantly.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

You are very kind. I guess there are a lot of people like us. After all, who can see a small stone a.. read more
walking the grassy walks, i like to wander and wonder, especially over the little stones

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

Not a lot that is sadder, methinks.
this was completely spell binding Verser. Captivated by the emotion evoked and in awe of this heart wrenching write. I love concise verses that convey so much more. Proof positive that one need not be long winded and verbose to convey depth of feeling and emotion.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

Thanks, LA. I believe that is what poetry (and all writing for that matter) is all about. Say the mo.. read more
gosh, i can't catch my breath.... your poetry is heartbreaking, breath-taking... intricate and highly potent....

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

Wow! You are making me feel so good about myself that I feel like writing more poems. You really are.. read more
Circe

8 Years Ago

You should write more!! Looking forward to them :)
[send message][befriend] Subscribe
.
a touching write.

thanks for sharing

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

...And thanks to you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.
Beautiful and heart-wrenching. I've spent a lot of time in old graveyards and have seen many such small graves. Saddest of all are those with no name--just a piece of rock.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Verser

8 Years Ago

You are right. I have a photograph of the grave that is quite nice, but there is no way to easily di.. read more
rootsandwingsmemoirs.com

8 Years Ago

You really brought the little one to life for me as I read this. I love the maturity and experience .. read more
Verser

8 Years Ago

Age, I have. Maturity? Sometimes. Experience we all have. I just do my best. I thank you for your ve.. read more

Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe

Advertise Here
Want to advertise here? Get started for as little as $5

Stats

525 Views
9 Reviews
Rating
Added on January 12, 2013
Last Updated on January 12, 2013
Tags: death, child, children, tombstone, grave, graveyard, innocence

Author

Verser
Verser

Mattapoisett, MA



About
I was an English teacher (high school, community college) for forty years. During that time I taught writing, and often creative writing. In my retirement, I write, and work at cultivating a thoughtfu.. more..

Writing

Related Writing

People who liked this story also liked..


Worn Worn

A Poem by Robin


Scratch Scratch

A Poem by Robin