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To my granny

So, granny, they tell me you died yesterday
i wish i could have known you better,
i wish i knew the stories you had,
of love and loss, of joy and sorrow,
I could sit for hours, listening, and learning
A sweet old lady, with a long history, how beautiful is that?

I was busy, struggling, with my own story.
Wow, i do have regret, a loss,
i guess, i should have reached out to you,
been your student, 
what did you have to teach?

I hear you were angry,
9 children, dozens of grandchildren and theirs
no one visited you, showed you love, 
not even me.

So, you are in the afterlife now,
released, and let go of the tired body.
Our tears are with you, in our loss,
We all loved you, but were too wounded by life,
to see you, to know you, to be close. 
The love we should have had. 

I painted you, sitting in purgatory,
surrounded by the angels of healing,
I ask the angels to hold you gently as you cry, 
and nurture your wounds from this life 
The colors of regret and anger,
dissolving, 
into acceptance and love.

we all need you to heal quickly
and be our guide. 
A voice from heaven
teaching us to love more, give more and forgive.
 
We all give thanks to the life you lived,
and the lives you brought into this world. 
We will all appreciate each other more,
a little more giving, a little more love, 
all inspired by the life you lived and left.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2010 1:07:00 AM
    yup this gripped the throat I never got the chance to meet my grandmother but my grandfather lived with us he had 10 kids to use his strap on lol you should print this out and put it on a plaque thanks mike for sharing

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 11:39:00 AM
    I wish more people would read this poem, Michael. It's a message we all need to hear and you say it so well.

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 11:37:00 AM
    Our elders have much to teach us, Michael. I love the thought of the angels holding your grandmother gently. The life she had was probably much harder than most of us have known in our own lives. You remind me how much I love our seniors and wish we could share in the wisdom of their years. (And I'm not THAT old, but old enough to appreciate good poetry like this. One for my faves!) Love, carolyn