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The nursing home called me early in the morning to come
as snow clouds sailed across the sky
and my heart swelled with a sea of tears
to see you lay still like a statue
my beloved grandma turned to stone
and I, a puddle of weeping and lost in my grief
grandma, I am not being strong and wondering
would you still love me ?

. . . or tell me to stand up straight
I loved you so much and your sweet serenity
all those beautiful scars of your life
your delight in a cup of tea
and a good cookie
your gift of storytelling that you passed to me
I want to share everything at your funeral, but wonder if I do
would you still love me ?

. . . if I shared our private conversations 
that we whispered in hushed voices since my childhood
and how when I was hurting you were my shelter
you were my placid lake where I felt safe
my tranquility-  the reason my words flow like a rippling stream
well, I spoke in the church of you and me
my words stilled the crowd to tears, but I still wondered
would you still love me ?

. . .  love me for sharing our relationship
our great respect, bond and deep love
I was quiet as they lowered your coffin into the ground
the cemetery was full of bird twitters
but seemed soundless and peaceful
I will not say goodbye grandma for one day
my time will cease and when that day comes, I wonder
would you still love me ?


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December 5, 2018


Poetry/Free Verse/Would You Still Love Me - Grandma
Copyright Protected, ID 18-1092-174-01
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.


Submitted to the contest, Would You Still Love Me ?
sponsor, Edward Ibeh

Second Place

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/5/2019 1:43:00 PM
Hello Dear Heart, your poem, this poem reminded me when i saw my husband laying in the bed no longer breathing. I was full of grief. Yet i went up to him and kissed my husband for the very last time. This is the memory of your poem that brings to me of that time past. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 12/25/2018 1:50:00 PM
Over and over again...the first stanza...I turn it over and over again...It is so real for me. I cannot stop reading it and remembering, and weeping... Congrats, Constance, on your wonderful win...May your grandmother know only joy and light in Heaven, and when your day arrives, may you join her in celebration... :) gw
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/26/2018 8:33:00 AM
Gershon, thank you for your meaningful comment, yes that first stanza, gets me too. thanks for the congrats and oh yes, grandma will be waiting for me with a cup of tea and a cookie, no doubt ~
Date: 12/25/2018 11:47:00 AM
Thank you for taking part in my contest, Constance!:-) This is fantastic! Congratulations on your win and Merry Christmas to you!
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/26/2018 8:34:00 AM
Edward, thanks for the contest and inspiration to write this poem, that ended up being very important to me, odd how that sometimes happens ~
Date: 12/25/2018 11:35:00 AM
This will always be a first place for me and for all the reasons I mentioned earlier, it goes to my faves. Congratulations on your win in Edward's contest. Merry Christmas, Carolyn
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/26/2018 8:35:00 AM
Carolyn, thanks for the congratulations and for the compliments and for the FAV ~
Date: 12/15/2018 9:29:00 PM
what a wonderful tribute to your grandma. You have an unbelievable gift in sharing a true experience all have felt, your writing is from the heart and amazing. Love it
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/18/2018 2:41:00 PM
Stephan, I loved my grandma so much, she is the reason I write poetry, thanks for visiting
Date: 12/8/2018 9:52:00 AM
Carolyn, and Paul thanks for visiting my poem with those wonderful comments, appreciate, yes it was a very emotional poem to write, I use Dear Heart as my username because that was my grandma's enduring name for me. "Come Dear Heart lets have tea and cookies "
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Date: 12/7/2018 11:16:00 AM
Oh! How beautiful and touching this poem is, Constance! I can tell every word comes from the heart; the warm, tender relationship surfaces effortlessly, turning grief into something more meaningful than I could have imagined. Deserving of a fav! Regards // paul
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/8/2018 9:49:00 AM
Thanks for the Fav!
Date: 12/7/2018 9:52:00 AM
Of course, her love for you will never die, Dear Heart. This type of bond remains strong long after death. You brought some tears to my eyes with your tender and compassionate verse. You will never lose her, dear, never. Sending winning wishes to you with my hugs, Carolyn
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/8/2018 9:49:00 AM
Hugs!
Date: 12/6/2018 7:00:00 PM
Thank you so much Harry, Doug, Janice, Andrea, Pixie, and Chris for those great comments, appreciate, yes, all grandma's are very special ~
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Date: 12/6/2018 6:12:00 AM
The first thing, after reading this amazing poetry, is to to think of my own, grandma, and that in it's self Constance, is a wonderful and endearing feeling,,so my thanks to you, for the memory. and again thank you for your awesome poem...
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/6/2018 6:58:00 PM
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Date: 12/5/2018 5:57:00 PM
Whew! This one made me cry as I thought of my grandmothers and BEING a grandmother. Thank you for this poem. Janice
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/6/2018 6:57:00 PM
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Date: 12/5/2018 5:20:00 PM
Such beauty in the flow of your loving emotion, Constance. Of COURSE, she would still love you. She loves you NOW
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/6/2018 6:57:00 PM
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Date: 12/5/2018 5:20:00 PM
I believe she will love you forever, cuz that is what grandmothers do, beautiful entry. gl in the contest, I loved it
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/6/2018 6:57:00 PM
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Date: 12/5/2018 12:35:00 PM
I think we all know the answer to that question, of course she will and she would love this wonderful poem as much as I do. I just love your poetry. Best wishes in the contest
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Dear Heart
Date: 12/6/2018 6:57:00 PM
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