Friday, November 06, 2009

Three for Grandpa, 1914-2009

The Secret

We have a secret, just we three:
The robin, and I, and the sweet cherry tree.
The bird told the tree, and the tree told me,
And nobody knows it but just us three.

Of course the robin knows it best,
Because she built the -- I won't say the rest --
And laid the four little --somethings-- in it.
I'm afraid I shall tell it every minute!

But if the tree and the robin don't peep,
I'll try my best the secret to keep.
But when the little somethings fly about,
Then the whole secret will be out.

- Anonymous

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside --

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown --
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

- Robert Louis Stevenson


A girl. Arms outstretched, swooping wildly
across the sky, returning mildly
to earth, on the end of a string
madly running, she catches the wind,
rises aloft. She holds the twine
to her ear to hear the wind sing.

A grandfather. Smiling slightly,
weathered hands grip his own string tightly
hovering steadily in the sky,
teaching her to hear the wind sing,
watching her swoop. He is remembering
the giddy new thrill of first learning to fly.


Touched you last, Grandpa!


Carrie said...

That was a lovely tribute.

erachamay said...

That's not fair. I don't know where I put the kleenex.

Thanks for those, Elizabeth. I sure do love you!

Erin Taylor said...

Oh, soooo sweet!!!! I really liked your poem, too! I miss him so much!!!!

Katie E. said...

It's nice to see your work. I like the Icarus allusion, and I feel like it works really as a framework for the two different experiences that were really the same experience. Nice use of imagery and of love. I know your grandpa was great and so important to you. It's a nice slice of the love between the two of you (it made me start looking for the kleenex too, erachamay). Love ya!