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Frosted Panes

When winter paints those frosty ferns on my windowpane,
I find myself a little girl up on your lap again;
In that old house, there by the sea, where you wove that tapestry,
With all the glorious memories, of your life upon the sea.

With weathered palm, so deeply etched, with every season past,
You rubbed a porthole in the center, of the frosted glass,
Where outside, in splendour lie, a winter-wonderland,
As halos rose above your head, from a pipe bowl in your hand.

And there upon a rocking chair, as smoke rings filled the air,
We rocked across a sea of dreams, wind tangled in our hair;
To lands I’d never been before, we stepped upon those shores,
And through your eyes I saw each one, and still I wanted more.

The morning passed in dreams between two pairs of eyes of green,       
As the world outside, held its breath, in a sea of snowy cream;
And when the chill of winter melted, from the windowpane,
The whistling kettle, on the stove, brought us home again.

You held my hand and looked at me, with that twinkle in your eyes,
And told me you would be my Captain, 'til the day I died.
So, when winter paints those frosty ferns, on my windowpane,
I find myself a little girl, up on your lap again. 

Written:  Jan 15, 2011

Author:  Elaine Geroge

In loving memory of my Dear Papa 'Captain James George (the 3rd').


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  1. Date: 11/23/2012 4:34:00 PM
    I love this write everytime I read it I do believe it is in your book too? Hope the world is treating you well and that you are still writing Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 5:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on all three of your poems being recognized in the first round. I loved all of them. I love the way you write.

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:39:00 PM
    If only he were here to read the love in each line of your poem! Timeless, and beautiful, Elaine!! Congratulations on all 3 amazing poems making it through the first round!! :) Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 3:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry x3 making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest Lainie. I wish you the best in the final round. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 11:38:00 AM
    Lainie, congratulatios on placing in the first round with this wonderful write as well. I do believe the judges will find it hard. Best to you~ Caryl

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 7:55:00 PM
    Congrats Lainie on your poem being featured. You'd probably love Jimmy Buffet's "The Captain and the Kid". This was just a fine touching poem. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 4:24:00 PM
    congrats on your poem being featured cory

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 1:12:00 PM
    Gotta know you love those memories - you write so fondly of them. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 9:25:00 AM
    What a wonderful tribute. It seems like your times together were magical. I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you have such vivid memories to help sustain you. hugs, susan

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 6:50:00 PM
    Congrats Lainie on your featured poem this week on PS.. wonderful words to share with us all my friend with luv..

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 12:40:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week Lainie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 10:07:00 AM
    It is always such a pleasure to read your poems and this one does not disappoint. This is so lovely, nostalgic and gentle and so very well written. Simply awesome, a very worthy poem to be featured. xoxo

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 5:18:00 AM
    A belated congratulations Lainie on your win in Brian Strand's "Let's See Poetry" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/27/2011 6:57:00 PM
    I remember the story you wrote on here about this man, Elaine. Congrats on your wonderful win for this sweet tribute to him.

  1. Date: 6/25/2011 7:22:00 AM
    Congratulations in your no. 1 win with this nostalgic piece. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/25/2011 6:43:00 AM
    Congrats Laine on your first place win in the contest with this lovely entry my friend.. superb as u are luv..

  1. Date: 2/24/2011 9:47:00 AM
    Congratulations Lainie on your well deserved win for your poem in Debbie Guzzi's contest "Anything Goes". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 11:26:00 PM
    You have SoupMail!

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 11:08:00 AM
    Lovely memories Elaine. It's not hard to picture the scenes as your words paint them wonderfully. Congrats on your win in Debbie's contest. Have a lovely weekend....:)

  1. Date: 2/15/2011 11:24:00 AM
    Lainie, you were blessed with a wonderful grandfather and I can feel your love for him in the amazing description here. The way he blew smoke rings reminded me of my own grandfather. Beautiful imagery and strong emotions make this an outstanding poem. Congratulations on your win in Deb's contest! Love, Carolyn