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Grandma Aesop's Apples - Overture

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Grandma Aesop's Apples - Overture

My dearest one -
you oft traversed my well tended garden.
A panacea I personally created
to massage your ailing id.
A garden similar to the wondrous patchworks
found in Eden.

A recreational playground
of neatly lined tree varietals.
Peach, fig, pear and apple trunks -
are surrounded by the glory of lilac bushes
scores of majestic dahlias,
and a plethora of multi-colored hibiscus.

My grandmother taught me many things,
my dearest one.

When I was knee high to her apron hem -
she wrapped me up 
within a hatful of stars -
sprinkled with
magic and miracles and morals.
These were her gifts to my soul,
my mind
and my heart.

Without ribbons or bows,
she filled my senses
with a cornucopia of brilliance and logic.
She passed unto me
the precious gifts of observation and decision.

She taught me about apples.

Grandmother guided me through her prized orchard one misty morn.
She held two bushels in her trembling hands.
She extended one of them towards me and said -
"Take this my sweetheart and follow me
for you shall learn something very important today."

She lovingly cooed..."We have two bushels.
One is for Good and the other for Bad."
She continued to liltingly sing..."Apples are like relationships.
There are Good ones and there are Bad."

"However, one should understand and determine 
the signs between the two
and separate them accordingly."

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  1. Date: 1/4/2010 1:55:00 PM
    This is brilliantly written. Mahalo, Connie

  1. Date: 12/25/2009 1:30:00 AM
    It was excellent,, unbelievably good, pure talent...,,until your ego came in at the end. Your misperception about love and following love , versus staying in a safe, peaceful relationship is flawed. No worries, most of us make the same mistake.

  1. Date: 12/17/2009 10:53:00 PM
    thank you for writing this, your vocabulary is very well placed

  1. Date: 12/13/2009 9:48:00 AM
    Hi, John. I am happy for you, this is the big break that you have been waiting for! I wish success, love and happiness, and this is your Christmas wish come true. Please don't underestimate yourself, or be too humble...you are a brilliant poet, and your talent and genius shine in your poetry. Your dedicated to your grandmother is a true reflection of your beautiful heart, and it profoundly expresses your love for her. Have a blessed and Happy Christmas. Love, joy and hugs, Andrew.

  1. Date: 12/10/2009 6:21:00 PM
    I'll miss you work, your genius, now who will challenge me?:( But anyway.... your work is par brilliance, and you're the best I've ever seen, sir Heck. Take good care of you, Sara:)

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 7:11:00 AM
    John Heck, So far, it has my attention. (Don't let this be the last.)

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 10:46:00 PM
    Wonderful tribute to your grandmother, great write and beautiful imagery. I shall continue read the next part. Thank you for sharing. Caroline.

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 2:42:00 PM
    Its heartwrenching and its amazing and now I am going on the the finale with great anticipation...

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 11:49:00 AM
    wise old granny indeed she knows I say relationships come dime a dozen but I am always out of change lol great write and hurry back to this family when done with stardom john hugs to you and family and happy holidays to grandma too

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 10:02:00 AM
    Wonderful poem....how wise she was... Soup Mail to John. :)