Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Haiku: Grandparents

Grandma was 19 when this picture was taken. On Monday, she would have turned 106. She died nearly 11 years ago, on October 15, 1996. My oldest child was born just weeks later.

She was my father's mother, and he adored her, and all us children and his wife did as well. His father? Hmmmm, not so much.

My mother's father was adored by all of us. Her mother? Hmmmm, not so much.

These first two are about my father's mom, Grandma. The third is about my mother's dad, Grandpa.

He walks just ahead,
dropping pennies in her path.
She scoops with delight.

Crawling step by step
hurrying to her kitchen
for one more breakfast.

Tears run down Mom's face.
Her voice catches as she talks.
"Grandpa died last night."

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Sherry said...

I love old pictures.

Anonymous said...

old pictures are really precious keepsake.

if you don't mind may i invite you to participate in new photo meme every monday. thanks and have a good day!

weekend snapshot

Jeni said...

I've never been exposed much to Haiku before but gotta say this much, I'm enjoying reading your postings of this type. Keep it up!

Jo said...

I love the last piece, so moving.

Monkey Giggles said...

I just love looking at old photo's

Tumblewords: said...

I love the way she posed her feet in the grand photo! Your haiku valued each person and allowed a personality for each. Nice!

Scribbit said...

That was beautiful--you put the words together just right.

Roswila said...

That first haiku is just wonderful. And that photo a gem.

Greggo said...

these are all very beautiful and touching! i really love the first one - i could picture it. :-)


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