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Checkers

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Checkers

If I could go back
For just a day
Even just a few hours
I would set up the board
Put each checker in it's place
I would see
Really see
Grandpa across the table
Him with his furrowed brow.
I would be less concerned 
Less focused on winning
I would relish his laugh
Listen carefully to his tales
Record them 
indelibly on my mind's eye
Combining
Past
Present
Future
I would see 
The eccentricities of me
Passed on in perpetuity 
His playfulness
The keenness of his former mind 
Before the disease stole what was left behind
With each play the minutes would pass
I would take my time
Make them last
There would be questions to ask
Sadly the time is gone
The board has been put away
It's a game I no longer play
It was our special thing
He left long ago
On angels wings
Yet one day
When this 
Life has passed
He will be there and I will ask
"Set up the board
It's time to play.
We can take our time
We have all day."





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  1. Date: 12/5/2013 3:38:00 PM
    My Granpop used to tell me lots of stories, fortunately I have always been a good listener. I do still chide myself for being away in his last few years though. We take the wisdom of our elders much too lightly. Loved this write Rick. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/6/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I kick myself that I didn't record his stories when I had the chance.
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 8:26:00 AM
    Touching Moving and Lovely. Isn't it amazing the little things we find ourselves missing the most?

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/5/2013 8:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes and also what we missed because we concentrated on the wrong thing at the time.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 8:48:00 AM
    a sweet touching write.. a lovely lovely poem, Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/3/2013 9:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 9:23:00 PM
    Awwww, a sweet and touching write, my tender-hearted friend. Hold onto those beautiful memories as long as you may. I enjoyed this entertaining poem. Licia :-)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/3/2013 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Licia
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 6:47:00 PM
    This is such a wonderfully written memory...you gave such a simple game and days gone by, such life.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks David.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Isn't it sad these moments are so precious...and sometimes we don't realize it...a poem to ponder Richard....thanks...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Donna, thanks for the thoughtful comment.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:49:00 PM
    Lovely poem in memory of your granddad. It reminds me when I used to play cards with my pop

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Ralph, I appreciate the visit.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:15:00 PM
    richard this is absolutely beautiful in its poignancy. What a tremendous poem about your grandpa. Was it father of your mom or dad? I never got to know either of mine very well, not as well as what you have written of here. I was not close with grandmas either, not like the way I am with my own grandkids. How wonderful when you see him in heaven!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My Dad's Dad. My grandpa on my Mom's side died when I was 5. It is so good that you are able to enjoy your grand kids. Thanks for your kind words Andrea.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:03:00 PM
    So beautifully written Rick! Good wishes from the East!!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Back at you from the West!!!
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 3:55:00 PM
    This poem gives me a beautiful feeling Richard.It grants my hope with courage ..my soul with happiness..knowing one day i ll reunite with those i love and left this world.Yes one day I ll be enjoying a new life with those i was fond of in this world.Beautiful!!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your sweet comment gives me a beautiful feeling, thanks!
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Richard........if only. You've captured this so so well. A very beautiful write....hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 8:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen, hugs back.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 9:32:00 AM
    Sigh...this hurt I understand too well. But, the day shall come to continue where your souls left off. A deeply touching write.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/2/2013 9:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Drake.