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Loving Helena

The chair is her home, her universe now
It is all that her many years will allow
Helena’s elegant beauty once shone
Now her mind wanders a world of its own

Age has changed her body but not her heart
Many great stories she’d always impart
To the wide-eyed grandchild she admired so
A girl who has loved her since long ago

Tales of black velvet gowns in which she’d dance
Soft moonlit beaches where she found romance
Economic hardships that came to pass
The rise and the fall of each social class

Her hands and face are now weathered with age
Accounts of the past still flow from this sage
And though some repeat again and again
I still listen now, just as I did then

I’ve memorized these tales, her gifts to me
And always I’ll remain her devotee
It matters not that my name escapes her
Love from her eyes she can always confer

Grandma brushes fingers across my face
And whispers, “Beautiful,” as we embrace
Though I miss years when she knew me so well
I know in the past her memories dwell

My love for her lingers, it always will
I take comfort knowing she loves me still

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 8/8/2011 11:40:00 AM
    I just decided to read one at random - wow, did you win one of Soup's contests? Many congrats if you did : )

  1. Date: 3/26/2011 10:13:00 PM
    this is marvelous as I am sure all your entries for the Soup contest were. a big congrats on all of them making it thru round one!

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 8:29:00 AM
    And I'm sure she always will....Congrats on all three of your poems making past the first round Carolyn!

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 1:58:00 PM

  1. Date: 3/8/2011 1:54:00 AM
    Congrats on having all 3 in round 2

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 10:14:00 AM
    emotive write here Carolyn, makes me almost feel the depth of your love in this.

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 7:09:00 PM
    This is so overwhelmingly moving and so touching.Every line is so beautifully written and the love for your grandmother Carolyn just pours out of you into your words.I love the simplicity of this piece, yet you have coveyed such a depth of feeling.It is a real joy to read.I'm so glad you made the home page.I would not have wanted to miss this for the world.I want it for a favourite.Thank you. Love June

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 7:24:00 AM
    Heart warming write Carolyn! Congrats on your feature...Lay

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 3:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 5:19:00 PM
    Congrats LNC on being featured with one of my favorite poems about your Helena. BG

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 3:29:00 PM
    Oh yes! I like this one so much. You really touch something eeep here. Lots of love shown. Congrats on the selection. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 11/26/2010 7:29:00 AM
    Can't find one I haven't read, Carolyn, so I will say have a good Black Friday and don't spend too much money. It could be downright dangerous out there today. I remember when I was selling men's wear, the women would butt us out of the way to get at sale items - vintage 1952. LOve, Dave

  1. Date: 10/2/2010 6:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn in Constance~A Rambling Poet's~ contest "I am Sending You a Gift of Poetry, Dear Heart". It is an honor to be on the list with you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 11:50:00 PM
    Carolyn, you have touched a cord here that most won't even try to reach...aging. I am currently working with a 96 yr. old man who has lost much of his short term memory, but in his face I see that he continues to enjoy life, and the twinkle in his eyes tells me that he too, has memories that can only dwell in the past. Great write and congrats on your win. Dan C

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 9:19:00 PM
    Dear Carolyn, My warm congratulations on your great win in the contest! Hope you're having a great weekend! Much love, Audrey

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 5:23:00 PM
    Lovely Carolyn and take it from one who knows those memories aren't so far past as they seem to the younger people. Time goes so fast. Congratulations.Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 2:46:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in the contest, Carolyn. I hope you are quite alright in N.J.

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 1:28:00 PM
    Such a lovely poem, and a lovely memory you must cherish. I knew this would stir Constance's heart. Congratulations Carolyn, on this wonderful deserving win! ~Love Carrie

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 4:22:00 PM
    Helena has such a Mediterranean theme to it, that it is so alluring. Good luck in the contest Carolyn >> James :)xx

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 9:40:00 AM
    Beautiful read it brought tears but gave me joy rememberong the love I have for my own granny.Her name was Buela Frances.Thanks Carolyn for the comment.Teresa