To Grandma, With Love

I didn't see you as a person confined to an aging body.
I remember you as summer days at the lake,
And trips to the greenhouse every spring.

I didn't see you as a hospital patient drugged to numb the pain.
I remember you as walking again three days after hip surgery,
And water aerobics and mile-long walks as the sun would rise.

I didn't see you as an elderly lady with weary eyes.
I remember you as hula hooping on your 85th birthday,
And twice-a-year expeditions to shop the mall at Birch Run.

I didn't see you as a dying woman.
I remember your life,
I remember the way you lived.





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CuteCourt101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 18, 2010 at 7:08 am
this is great! It really makes me think about my grandma! Great Job!!
 
Margaret M. said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm
this is such a great poem! i can totally imagine an active, fun loving grandma :) the last 2 lines seem repetitive, but all in all it's an awesome poem.
 
Olivia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Thanks for the feedback! :)
 
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