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Perspective Seen Through Centenarian Eyes (Timely Repost)

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Nan
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(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.


© Copyright 1999 Nancy Ness - All Rights Reserved
Nate Dogg
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1 posted 12-30-1999 05:52 PM       View Profile for Nate Dogg   Email Nate Dogg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nate Dogg's Home Page   View IP for Nate Dogg

Wow, what a neatly-ordered poem Nan! I like this piece of art you've created indeed!

 Nathan
Mike
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2 posted 12-30-1999 06:44 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

I enjoyed experiencing along with your grandmother.
RainbowGirl
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3 posted 12-30-1999 06:59 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Nan: We learn so much from those older and wiser, I love to talk to them and share their precious memories...thanks for letting us peek in..

HUSG

 Don't ask me where I'm going, just listen when I'm gone and far away you'll hear me singing softly to the dawn.

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What a wise woman your grandmother  
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She certainly has seen quite a bit during this century! Wonderful poem, Nan. And I wish you and your family and Grammie a wonderful New Year!  

 Denise

Nan
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Thanks all - There were times this year when we didn't think she was going to make it... but she has... We did have to make her stop mowing the grass and shoveling snow, though (that's the truth).....
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This is wonderfully written, Nan, a time capsule of the current century. So much has happened, so many changes and still human values are where it's all at. Great poem.
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8 posted 12-31-1999 12:11 AM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Wonderful piece this.  To see as much as your Grandmother would indeed be wonderful.  Perhaps with another 40 - 50 years on my tally, I too will have such interesting stories to tell.
This is timely indeed.  

 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. (Plato)
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)

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9 posted 12-31-1999 03:47 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Nan, What a timely piece!! I love it! You give us such wonderful insights from another's perspective and I feel very privileged to see things thru their eyes. Lovely piece..

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

Shawna R. Holder
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Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 12-31-1999 07:18 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Beautiful, beautiful tribute
So enjoyable to read
Liz
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A moving tribute - I thought it was a ballad at first - but what a story!  It must be an experience, to have lived through these astounding hundred years, and having spanned two countries as well.




 ...Living is ever like crossing rivers; finding a new life on each shore ... RJG
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I guess that I am Justin Thyme
to tell you that I LOVE this rhyme!
Your Grammie, yes, has seen our world,
in turmoil and progress unfurled!
I read this piece some Thyme ago.
So glad it's here again, y'know!

To you and Grammie, and those near...
a Fulfilling, Fine and GREAT New Year!

    
JT
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Much enjoyed, thanks Nan.
Nan
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She's a gem, for sure - I wish we could have her around for another century - or at least a decade.... Thank you all, and Happy New Year to each of you.....
Echo Rhayne
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15 posted 01-01-2000 12:28 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Wonderful work Nan!!!


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