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Grandpa

 


The old man sat with eyes closed, dozing in his chair
Until a little voice he heard say “Grandpa, are you there”.

He gazed upon a little boy while waking from his nap
Then reached down with a sweeping move and placed him in his lap

The child was carrying a book that he wanted him to see
He held it up and  asked him “Grandpa, will you read to me”?

The old man cleaned his glasses then opened up the book
And suddenly the two of them a wonderous journey took

They ventured lands so far away, sailed seas not sailed before
Met knights and kings and wizards on every distant shore.

Together they fought dragons, saved damsels in distress
Freeing lands of monsters and the treasures they possess

When the old man closed the cover to end their magic ride
He told the boy “We're much like books, what's important is inside”.

But one day when the boy arrived and rushed to Grandpas chair
Much to his disappointment, his Grandpa was not there

He ran to find his mother for surely she would know
Why the chair was empty, where did his Grandpa go

She sat him down and asked him if he remembered in each book
The adventures and the journeys that he and Grandpa took

He took you there to show you the things that you can find
The wonders that are yours to see if you open up your mind.

But he still walks beside you in the stories you have read
You're not left to go alone, he’s just gone on ahead

The child then went and chose a book and climbed up in the chair
And opening up the cover whispered “Grandpa, are you there”?

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011




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Date: 10/28/2019 4:40:00 PM
Wow - what an awesome poem and what exquisite penning, Bob. A FAVE for me.
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Date: 2/22/2019 6:49:00 PM
Hello Bob Quigely, I had some tears rolling from my eyes as i read this poem. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 1/21/2017 3:31:00 PM
I love this.
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Date: 6/8/2014 2:05:00 PM
thank you for the comment on my comment.. how nice..Linda
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Date: 5/27/2014 10:08:00 PM
I simply love the way you wrote this, I shall have to go thru all your poems :) Congrats on your win ! going to favs and reading to my 7 yr old granddaughter , Have an awesome day !
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Bob Quigley
Date: 6/5/2014 9:22:00 AM
So glad you enjoyed Debbie. Thank you
Date: 5/1/2014 9:13:00 AM
Bob, heart stopping. Please to read this morning.... Linda
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Bob Quigley
Date: 6/5/2014 9:22:00 AM
Thank you Linda
Date: 12/17/2013 8:27:00 AM
Congratulations on a fine win... and for winning my heart with this one!
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Date: 6/5/2014 9:22:00 AM
I appreciate that Carol
Date: 2/2/2012 7:40:00 AM
very emotional one...congrats on your fine win Bob.
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Date: 2/2/2012 7:59:00 AM
Thank you Sashi
Date: 2/1/2012 12:59:00 PM
Well done Bob...Homespun, simple and highly readable...a gem! Bea
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Bob Quigley
Date: 2/1/2012 1:22:00 PM
Thank Bea. Appreciate your comments.
Date: 2/1/2012 9:40:00 AM
You sure know how to pull on the emotional strings Bob, it brought tears to my eyes.....it was beautiful. Congrats on your win!
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Date: 2/1/2012 9:49:00 AM
Thanks very much Cecilia. I'm glad you liked it.
Date: 1/31/2012 2:35:00 PM
Absolutely wonderful, Bob. It brought tears to my eyes. Congrats on a well deserved 1st place win! Love, Kim
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 5:16:00 PM
Thank you Kim. I've been told that this one should come with a box of kleenex.
Date: 1/31/2012 12:36:00 PM
Congratulations on your super win today in Susan's "Little Viewed Jewels" contest Bob. Love, Carol
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 12:50:00 PM
Thanks much Carol
Date: 1/31/2012 11:10:00 AM
Lovely bob, a deserving win Congratulations x
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 12:26:00 PM
Thanks Mandy
Date: 1/31/2012 9:54:00 AM
Congrats, Bob. Truely outstanding piece. Well written, well deserved First place. Now one of my favorite poems. Kudos to you, my friend. So touching and warm! All the best to you and yours. Ralph
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 10:16:00 AM
Thanks so much for your kind comments Ralph. I very much appreciate them.
Date: 1/31/2012 9:34:00 AM
This is an amazing and wonderful poem, I just love it, congratulations on this well deserved win Bob, I will add this to my fav. Elizabeth
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 9:45:00 AM
Thank you Elizabeth. I appreciate that
Date: 1/31/2012 9:30:00 AM
So heartwarming, and reminds me of my own grandfather, and the cherished moments we shared. What a lovely poem!
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 9:46:00 AM
Thank you Carrie
Date: 1/31/2012 9:20:00 AM
Bob I genuinely found this wonderful, writing at it's absolute best, thanks for your comments, we both had the same theme, wonder does that tell us anything about how we felt about our grandfathers..David
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Bob Quigley
Date: 1/31/2012 9:46:00 AM
I suspect it does. Thanks for your comments David
Date: 1/31/2012 8:54:00 AM
congrats Bob on a splendid first place win for this terrific write luv..
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Date: 10/12/2011 12:02:00 AM
Bob, this was absolutely fabulous. I haven't been on the site as much as I used to be and it looks like I've missed some great poetry. This one touches. My Grandpa died while I was in the Navy on a deployment in the Med in 1965. Vince
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Bob Quigley
Date: 10/12/2011 11:40:00 AM
I'm glad I was able to stir a memory. Appreciate your comments Vince
Date: 6/12/2011 6:35:00 AM
Great flow and spirit within this one..Enjoyed reading the work even I felt the pain of sadness..Sara
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Date: 6/11/2011 3:17:00 PM
What a lovely expressions of the memories of the grandpa with feelings, Bob.
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Date: 6/11/2011 9:59:00 AM
Beautiful - as a new grandpa I can relate to the story. Thank you for writing this for me. Mike
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