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Grandma's Prayer

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hoot_owl_rn
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(This poem is dedicated my two grandmothers, who are now both gone...To see them hold my two boys when they were babies was always such a joy, I often wondered what they thought, them at the end of their lives and my children at the beginning of theirs, what words of wisdom would have they given them in their moments alone)

Grandmaís Prayer

Baby dear with angel eyes,
How does it feel to know no lies?
How does it feel to know no pain?
Oh baby dear, please explain.

Baby dear with hair of gold,
How does it feel to not be old?
How does it feel to be so new?
Oh baby dear, I wish I were you.

Baby dear with smile so bright,
How does it feel to have your sight?
To see each day with open eyes,
To be filled with wonder and surprise?

Baby dear with skin so pink,
Oh baby dear, what do you think?
Simple thoughts and simple joys
Mamaís love, food and toys.

Iíve been around, Iíve seen it all
Itís been years since I was small.
The things Iíve seen, the things Iíve done;
I can not say lifeís not been fun.

Of baby dear, let me hold you near,
Whisper stories in your ear,
Touch your softness, drink in your youth,
See your first steps and your first tooth.

Let me enjoy you for a while,
Talk to you and make you smile.
For life moves quickly day by day,
And time will come that I go away.

Time goes on, it does not stand still,
And change happens as it always will.
Remember this and hear me well;
Your life is a story yet to tell.

An open book for you to write,
An unsung song, an untold plight,
An empty page before you stands,
You hold your life in your two hands.

May your life be full of joy and grace,
May God look softly on your face.
And baby dear as I hold you near;
Remember this your grandmaís prayer.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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1 posted 09-09-99 09:44 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

exquisite.....this is one of the most beautiful poems I've ever had the pleasure of reading......

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Tara Simms
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hoot, this was beautiful. it's the same kind of thing I imagine my mother would say to my children, had she lived to see them.
hoot_owl_rn
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Pepper and Tara, thank you very much...I had the pleasure of having two wonderful grandmothers

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
WhtDove
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4 posted 09-09-99 11:24 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I am in 100% agreement with Pepper. This was the most awesome thing I have ever read. If you don't mind I would like to print this one out! Dang Hoot, there are no words to describe to you how good this really is!!!
hoot_owl_rn
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Whtdove...please feel free to print it out and thank you, I'm truly blushing at your overwhelming response to this piece

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
moonmoon
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Yes Hoot, very well written..Goose bumps here..Such a profound poem...Thanks..
Dark Angel
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7 posted 09-10-99 12:20 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh hoot, this was ever so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes, thank you for sahring it with us. So beautifully written

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Julie
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8 posted 09-10-99 12:25 AM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Hoot, you have us all in tears. That was
so beautiful. BRAVO! BRAVO!

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Julie
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hoot_owl_rn
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moonmoon, Dark Angel and Julie....thank you all for your kind words

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Andrew Scott
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10 posted 09-10-99 02:27 AM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Hoot: That was one of the most beautiful pieces I've encountered. In the best possible way I am envious of your words. This one is a treasure. Thank you for sharing it.
Sue
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Enchanting!
INclan
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Hoot,

OUTSTANDING!!! You have out-done yourself. To bring me to tears is quite a feat. I shall indeed print this out as it MUST be saved. I will store this one in a book to find again at a later date. I have been blessed to see my children in the arms of their great grandmothers and one with her great great grandmother. I am also blessed by your talent, Hoot. Thank you sooooooo much.

INclan
stoney1
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BRAVO, BRAVO, VERY NICELY WRITTEN, Very heart warming. Thank you very much for this work of art. It has touched many hearts. Of that I am sure.




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Harold Amstutz
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BRAVO, BRAVO, VERY NICELY WRITTEN, Very heart warming. Thank you very much for this work of art. It has touched many hearts. Of that I am sure.




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15 posted 09-10-99 07:01 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

The talent in this forum never ceases to amaze me... but sometimes a poem just reaches out and grabs... this is such a poem, Hoot! And I'm glad to give it a piece of my heart for it has so much heart to give... Lovely!!!
JTF
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My 2 grandmothers are still alive ... and they have 6 great grandchildren (from 9 to 1)... I wish they understood English so that I could have them read your poem hoot ... beautiful ..
WhtDove
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Thank you Hoot! Again, this was absolutely just beautiful!!!
hoot_owl_rn
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I am amazed at the overwhelming response to this poem....I want to thank each one of you. It really means a great deal to me as this is probably the last poem I wrote 16 years ago when I stopped writing, my husband (Ex-husband now) told me how stupid it was and that I was wasting my energy. I'm glad to know others think differently. It has only been in the last year and a half that I have begun to write again...to think of all those wasted years.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Billy
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I loved this one. I'm not a mother yet and your words are so beautiful I find myself yearning even more for that experience.
Deb Lynne
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This poem captures the look I see in my Mother's eyes when she looks at my daughter. This is simply beautiful!!!!
Toerag
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Hoot...I know I'm usually just a smart ass...And I guess that's heredity...but this is superb....I still have a letter my grandmother sent to my dad during the war...the last sentence in that letter read: "Son, nobody is that mean....you be nice to those Japanese kids and they'll be nice to you."...And this really came from her heart, as this lady knew no evil..and couldn't believe that anyone would respond with "evil" if you showed none.....Great work!
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22 posted 09-13-99 05:54 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Hoot, this was so beautiful-you can really feel the grandmother's love in the poem-did your grandmothers see it? They would have loved it. And by the way, who cares what your ex thinks? What a jerk. Don't let him get to ya!

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."

Isis
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23 posted 09-13-99 06:24 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Beautifully touching, they wait so long to be grandparents and love every minute of that time.
Not only an honour to your Grandmother's but all grandmother's everywhere....:

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Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
~Isis~


caroline
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24 posted 09-13-99 07:18 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

hoot, this is the BEST. I couldn't begin to describe how it made me feel...it is a treasure.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
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