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tnat
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0 posted 03-21-2000 11:35 AM       View Profile for tnat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tnat

A personal poem dedicated to one of the greatest women who ever lived,    my grandmother.


NONI

She came across the great divide
when she was just a teen.
That was nineteen hundred eleven,
what a long life it has been.

She passed through Ellis Island,
just another immigrant.
Migrated up to Boston's North End,
where the rest of her life she spent.

It was here that she met Arturo,
who we never got to know.
They reared seven children, before he passed away
nearly 50 years ago.  

But Assunta would persevere
because she always had her faith.
She kept her family together, through the toughest times,
and she did it without a mate.

My memories are vivid ones
and they live on Cooper Street.
Where every week, in our Sunday best,
all our families would meet.

The common bath, the sewing machine,
the mysterious dark hall.
A pot of gravy on the stove,
Arturo's picture on the wall.

These are the days I remember,
days of reverence and cheer.
There are many times that I wander back
and wish that I were there.

Assunta Lauretano has died
the obituary said.
53 survivors left behind,
I was crying as I read

But that doesn't do her justice,
for she means much more to me.
She didn't leave survivors.
She left a legacy.


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1 posted 03-21-2000 11:46 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is a beautiful tribute to your grandmother that left tears in my eyes. I'm sure she would have loved it!

Denise
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2 posted 03-21-2000 01:57 PM       View Profile for MyPenNameIsSam   Email MyPenNameIsSam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MyPenNameIsSam

I agree with dsnyder,...this is a wonderful tribute to your grandmother.  It left me with tears in my eyes also... knowing that my grandmother will be following any time now...
I love the way you ended this, the last paragraph, "But that doesn't do her justice, for she means much more to me.  She didn't leave survivors, she left a legacy."
This is beautiful, tnat.  Wonderful work.
-molly aka sam

 Fleeting World
"Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream."
-from the Diamond Sutra, translated by : A. F. Price -- found in Teachings of The Buddha, edited by Jack Kornfield


nona
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3 posted 03-21-2000 04:06 PM       View Profile for nona   Email nona   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nona

This beautiful lady you speak of will never die for you will see to it that her essence will live on by your telling everyone about her as you have here and through your children who have her very genetic essence within them to pass on and on and one. A wonderful tribute..nona
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Very nicely written and it really captures and reveals your grandmothers essence.  I too have some wonderful memories of my fathers mother...one of them was the fun I shared with her while picking concord grapes from her grapevine.  James
 
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