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salt and sardines

When i was a little kid,my grandmother ate sardines
out of a can and my grandfather drank his beer slowly
shaking a little salt in each glass.
These were my "good ole days".
I often sit and i wonder why a memory so small
has stayed with me for so long.

I think its the memories that surround those.
A focal point?A foundation?

It makes me think of when he would play
his harmonica and say this is "Danny boy"
Listen and stop kicking the chair.
And so i would listen and look through his box car Willie albums.
And to his war stories.When he was a prisoner of war.
When he would go from home to home looking for morning eggs
from the houses and farms along the french country side.
The chap stick he would eat off of the ground.
Because he was so hungry.
Shaking a little salt in his beer!

I still try to fry my potatoes the same way she did.
My grandmother would never let you answer the phone.
So as a teen you just had to sit back and watch her
hang up on your friends.
Because she didn't know who it was and she couldn't hear to well.
The way she always had a way to make sure i had shoes on my feet.
Even if they were from the second hand store.(value village)
Every now and then i eat toast with my cold cereal.
it remind me and i feel like im sitting at her kitchen table
at ten o`clock on a Saturday morning.

We, I never got to go to the park.
or to the movies.
or to McDonalds.
Or to a theme park.
Or a mall.
We never needed these things.
We had stories with salted beer.
And toast with our cereal.
And onions with our fried potatoes.

He died when i was 15,her when i was around 24.

We really miss them.
The foundations of our family tree.

I hope my grand daughter has the same memories of me.

Copyright © edward cousins

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  1. Date: 11/2/2013 11:37:00 PM
    Edward.:-) Congratulations on having your poem featured on the HOME PAGE.... always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 12:41:00 AM
    Your poem is sweetly nostalgic while being firmly grounded in a reality many of us can recall from our own experiences...the little glimpses of the past that stay with us (like your sardine cans and salted beer) grow ever more precious with the passage of time. I liked your poem very much.

    cousins Avatar edward cousins
    Date: 10/28/2013 2:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for reading and the kind words
  1. Date: 10/8/2013 7:16:00 PM
    Edward, Your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND". Hugs* SKAT

    cousins Avatar edward cousins
    Date: 10/28/2013 2:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hello back and thanks
  1. Date: 10/8/2013 5:23:00 AM
    Welcome to P-Soup, Edward ! - Nice to read your first poem here. - Hope you will have much pleasure to be with us. - Wishing you good luck - have a nice day! - Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours. - My first greeting to you from Norway / / / Anne-Lise :)

    cousins Avatar edward cousins
    Date: 10/28/2013 2:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 6:13:00 PM
    fantastic poem Edward,intresting and deep I like your first poetic piece on the site ,, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. Dropping by to invite you to my latest contest. You will find the contest page on the top left hand side* -Looking forward in following and reading your poetry. Hope to hear from you soon. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@"

  1. Date: 10/7/2013 5:20:00 PM
    this is so beautiful. Is it for the collage contest by chance? It feels like it!! Or you could make another one for my salty or sweet contest and just use this same theme about "salty!!" I think you could get some great tanka from this theme.

    cousins Avatar edward cousins
    Date: 10/28/2013 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank ya:)