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Grandpa's Collage

Grandpa’s collage holds beloved memories.
Black-and-white photographs of long ago
strewn with tape and paste amid the glossy 
snapshots, shaping a man's love of family.
At first glance, one would think he created 
his patchwork of pictures in haste. But come, 
look closer; no image is placed by chance. 
Each scene shares a story his hands retraced - 
a joke, a kiss, a tear. See the toothless grins
of growing grandchildren with playful eyes, 
the knowing looks of elders and the effortless
laughter of generations, dear faces missed.
All familiar faces except for only one - 
the intruder with graceful features. Head held high, 
she wears her smile unfazed. I search her dark eyes 
for words unsaid, dazed. She is the grandmother
I never knew. Her portraits are puzzle pieces
that will never fit, but ones I cannot unglue 
or ignore; my grandpa’s attempt of tying us 
to a stranger. I love him more for trying…

For Craig Cornish's A Collage Held Dear Contest,


Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:06:00 AM
    Well done, congratulations.

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on the win, Rhonda

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 8:04:00 PM
    a touching write Rhonda...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 6:28:00 PM
    you brought ths collage to life excellent write, congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 6:27:00 PM
    This is just an amazing story and poem...congratulations on your win...

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 4:09:00 PM
    wow, this is spectacular. It is in some ways similar to my own approach the way I had one person left out of many pictures of our family's get togethers. I Love your entry to the contest. Congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 11:16:00 AM
    How lovely..I never knew any of my grandparents and this touched me. congrats. BG.

  1. Date: 10/25/2013 4:13:00 AM
    what a wonderful poem this is,, oh so special, you portray this scene so well so visual, you are indeed a warm loving poet...

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Such a beautiful collage. Skat

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 10:03:00 AM
    Ow deep the emotion you transmitted.I never got to see one of my grandmas eitherShe died at the young age of 37yrs old and like your grandad..My mum always tried to get us closer to the angel i never seen.Im sure one day you ll be hugged in do i .Excellent ..and tnks for visiting my simple verse

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 7:03:00 AM
    You write with emotions and love, Good luck in the contest, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 6:27:00 AM
    I'm a lucky one, I knew both sets of grandparents, so I don't quite know the mystery of not knowing one of them! But your write sure paints this feeling perfectly! I really enjoyed reading this delightful poem this morning! What a sentimental piece this one truly is! Thank you for sharing it, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 5:26:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your contest entry..Reads like a winner to me..Reads like Grandpa was a special person who loved a special person in his life and he wished that she had lived so that all the grandchildren could have know her..Thanks for the visit to my page..I am still feeling ill...Sara

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 3:18:00 AM
    what a lovely surprise , rhonda.. each generation holds a secret or mystery and your collage simply mirrors this is in such a lyrical, fond way... amazed!..:) huggs