Portraits of My Grandmother

Written by: Gail DeBole

Written by Gail DeBole on January 26, 2013

Portrait One

You thought that they were crazy.
Watching the news each night.
Your explanation was simple.
Crazy.  The killers, the liars, the cheaters…
And I snuggled next to you.
Thinking how overly-simplified your conclusion was.
Your shoulder making an excellent pillow.
Your apron always on.

And after the news was over
You were back in the kitchen taking care of…
Everything and everybody.


Portrait Two

In the video…old video…it’s now a memory.
You and your sister
Talking and laughing.
No sound video.
Can’t tell what you are saying.
Can only see the love between 
You and your sister.

That will have to be enough.
That’s all that matters.


Note: Part of the Portrait Collection