Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
(For my "other" wonderful grandmother - Ellen Anderson - (1903-____)
Perspective seen through centenarian eyes
Replete with visions time cannot disguise.
Our blessing still is your sagacious smile,
A hundred years ~ forgetful now, but wise.
Nine decades past, a Finnish child gleams
Vast riches lay in "Great American Dreams."
Once seventeen, alone at Ellis Isle
No limits hence - resplendent U.S. seems.
Your days have seen the horse before the cart
Gas lanterns e'er we knew electric start ~
Since "Model-T's" you'd sooner walk a mile.
From Kitty Hawk, "Endeavor's" worlds apart.
As Prohibition challenged freedom's tole
The "Roaring 20's" yield to "Rock 'n' Roll".
New-fangled gadgets ne'er befit your style -
Simplicity, without remote control.
A toiler through the days of suffragette.
From radio to "color" TV set,
And telegraph to bustling cell-phone dial,
Now ICQ on world-wide internet
In constant strife, our politics five score
Whence numbered I or II, a Great World War
Decried "Depression", "Holocaust" in heil,
Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.
Our presidents, of forty-two you've seen
Each one of nineteen hundred's seventeen,
With JFK your favorite all the while.
Great leaders slain for "civil rights" demean.
Your family's most important to your life
You proudly bore three young as Olof's wife.
Lone son you've lost, yet his your eighth grandchild.
Twelve greats, three great-greats, each one borne your rife.
Today's applaud your independent stealth
In quest of late undaunted elder's health
With innate spirit challenge can't defile
Or quell eyes' yearn, instilled old dreams of wealth
Your riches now your great-great grandchildren.
Our prayer's been met, dear Grammie Anderson,
Perspective with a centenarian smile,
You're seeing now the new millennium.