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Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

A Son Is Born


I place the peonies on the windowsill -
a perfect present for the new mum,
flushed and furry-eyed on the unmade bed.

A bonneted bundle lies in the crook of her arm.
He is small and neatly wrapped
as if he had been sent by post.

The new dad gazes at his little boy.
He looks younger than his twenty nine years
and still slightly drunk from the exhaustion of support.

Young Dylan Brendan sleeps contentedly,
his tiny hands curl and uncurl his dreams,
his mouth makes high pitched kitten sounds.

I find myself humming ‘The Water is Wide’
and nestling into my new name –
Grandmother.

Submitted: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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  • Rookie Pamela Lutwyche (2/14/2010 9:52:00 AM)

    Grandchildren are so delightful. I have two, when they call me granny it’s just wonderful. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points marvin brato (10/9/2009 3:11:00 AM)

    I can relate to this poem Ali... being a new grandfather myself to my first grandson Marvin Jr. felt proud and joy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Juniper March (10/8/2009 2:19:00 AM)

    absolutely alive with feeling
    enjoying life and capturing it well
    thanks for sharing
    not only well written but vivid, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (8/11/2009 2:08:00 PM)

    A delectable scene rich with sonic and visual images. I try to consider how wide the ocean of our existence is and the song pours into my ears instead - same thing, really. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Martin Swords (7/17/2009 4:18:00 AM)

    Alison.........
    Nestle into a new name.........very nice.
    Thank you, nice to meet you on poemhunter.
    Martin (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Patrick A. Martin (7/15/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    and just think you can spoil yourself with his cmpany to your hearts content and then give him back to mum Win Win I say (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Susan Jarvis (5/2/2009 4:29:00 AM)

    'flushed and furry-eyed', 'bonneted bundle' - some magnificent alliterative images. But, most of all, this poem exudes love and celebration. Breathtakingly beautiful! S :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Martyres (5/2/2009 4:01:00 AM)

    Congratulations to the proud Grandma on two counts - the arrival of your cute little gransdon and this wonderful poem to announce it...10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Diana Van Den Berg (2/21/2009 3:01:00 PM)

    Oh my goodness! Superbly written Grandma of 3 months! You held me spellbound, every word of the day. I particularly love the 'sent by post' and the 'kitten sounds.' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raveendran . (12/23/2008 7:36:00 AM)

    I like this excellent composition, especially the llines:
    “his tiny hands curl and uncurl his dreams”

    “and nestling into my new name” (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (12/6/2008 9:22:00 AM)

    Ah, you have an early Christmas present. Congratulations, grandma! Your holiday season has just acquired a new miraculous annex of joy and mystery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sid John Gardner. (11/25/2008 5:31:00 PM)

    Full of smiles here Ali.Picturing myself as that young man, many years ago..Then once again as my grand-daughter was born..
    Sid xxx. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Andrew Blakemore (11/25/2008 6:42:00 AM)

    Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your grandson, secondly what a great poem. A blissful family scene created here Alison, well done. Love, Andrew x (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,405 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/23/2008 7:29:00 PM)

    Congratulations & God Bless, Grandma Allie! And an awesome Gaelic name, indeed, lassie! Suren he be kissin' th' sacr'd blarney stone, 'fore ya' know it...and may he be leveled scores of ' blessings from the wrapping Cross of St Bridget. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (11/22/2008 3:17:00 PM)

    Congratulations, dear Alison! Written with tender, loving care.
    Your little grandson is a poem. Thank you for sharing his first precious
    moments in the world with all of your readers. He is lovely and
    so are you.

    Warmest regards,

    SandraX (Report) Reply

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