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Grandma's Hands MAG

By Sarah B., Milan, IL

Looking back at photographs
Taken many years ago,
Back before the snow-white hair
And laugh lines started to show,
There's her image
Smiling ... captured
In each album on the shelf
The photos faded,
Corners worn
By curious grandchildren
Like myself.
Strange to think she was once a child
How small those hands could be ...
That once caught bugs
And held broken crayons
Drawing pictures ... just like me.
Sticky with juice and peanut butter,
Smeared with blots of ink,
Tiny and pudgy with childhood ...
And those fingernails were pink.
Strange to think she was once a teen
How delicate those hands could be ...
That once scribbled essays
Or notes during class
Chatting tirelessly ... just like me.
Carrying books or greeting her friends
With a good-natured wave and a wink,
Youthful and wispy and timeless ...
And those fingernails were pink.
Photos of her as a young mother too
How busy those hands could be ...
That once carried groceries
And cooked numerous meals,
Or bandaged up a scraped knee.
Adorned with a beautiful wedding ring,
Submersed in a soapy sink,
Roughed a little from gardening ...
And those fingernails were pink.
Freeze-framed in my memory,
Are those hands shuffling decks of cards,
Teaching grandchildren how to play euchre,
Or cutting rhubarb for us in the yard.
Filling our buckets with candy
Each and every Halloween,
Or scooting along in her walker
With the charm and smile of a queen.
And when she left us,
I held her hand ...
And as I paused to think,
I smiled ...
For I could not recall a time
when those fingernails
weren't pink.

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on Feb. 25 2010 at 10:47 am
Tbonesnipeuout SILVER, Boise, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
fun happens everyday, if you fail to see that then you are not a fun person

This is my grandmother through and through great job

on Feb. 3 2010 at 8:52 pm
amber phillips BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
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i totally agree!!!

Niknsspam said...
on Feb. 3 2010 at 1:41 am
Niknsspam, Raleigh, North Carolina
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So heartfelt. So real. Passionate, to the last word.

INnaturegirl said...
on Jan. 21 2010 at 7:17 am
this made me cry... but in a good way i think... i just lost my grandma and this is her through and through :)

this is beautiful great job!

on Jan. 12 2010 at 1:55 pm
Keatsian BRONZE, New Rochelle, New York
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Great job. The rhyming was subtle--didn't hit you over the head. Awesome!

LilBenj SILVER said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 12:26 am
LilBenj SILVER, Richfield, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow. - Hamlet

Hey, I want to tell you - usually I blow off any and all poetry that rhymes, but this was excellently done. You are a fantastically talented poet. Great job.

lilnanny said...
on Jan. 26 2009 at 4:48 am
I thought this was a very sweet observation by a grandchild of a beloved GrandMother. Good job !!!