Valsa George


Footfalls of Antiquity


From the framed picture hung on the wall
Two faces look nobly down
The faces of my grandma and grandpa
Taking me to the times gone by

Smiling at their wavering progeny
They retell the saga of their blissful life
A life of selfless share and care
Inspiring generations in their travail

Curling back to times and climes primeval
I hear the sound of their footfalls around
In a humble dwelling, joyfully they lived
As children of the soil with hands full of toil

They worked together from dawn to dusk
Greeting every new dawn with fresher zeal
Their hearts were securely fastened in love
And had needs minimum and complaints nil

Two fountains that sprang from sources different
Had merged together before their early teens
Through wedlock they had been customarily bound
At a time when they hardly knew what it meant

Had played together as buddies for long
Until instinct made them man and wife
When fledglings were hatched in their little nest
They worked together never knowing rest

Hit by adversities hard, at times they sank very low
But with resilience, bounced back
And frugally saved every nickel and dime
To meet the needs of their growing household

They tottered together in the evening of their life
Serving as prop to each other when about to fall
In their twilight years, ambling the corridors of memory
They reminisced sweetly the joyful events of life

Now they lie together in the same churchyard
Two streams that evenly and tranquilly ran side by side
Never once been shattered on the rocks and shoals of life
Making one wonder if their life is History or Fable

In the swelling magnitude of our life
Though trivial was their share
Yet they stay as beacons of light
Leaving a trail of light to blaze our paths

Submitted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Child marriage was something common in India in the time of my grand parents in the 1880s. My grand parents were only ten and twelve when they got married. Still it is believed that they were an exemplary couple who lived a life of great committment! Their life was one of hardwork, but of great joy and contentment! !

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  • Prasanna Kumari (2/28/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    it is a wonder to see how couples of older times lived amicably as a fable or a story and I think their sacrifice makes our life pleasant......the smooth flow of words in your poems is always appreciable... (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/8/2013 2:33:00 PM)

    A very well written saga of some lives well lived.
    Our parents stayed together through even the
    roughest of times. Money and food may have been
    scarce but love was not. God provided the means
    for survival. Hard work and perseverance was the two
    underlying forces that kept the roof over their childrens
    head. Well penned and a good read. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (5/24/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    Today and back few steps Love and affection has gone some where else, Hope in beauty parlor/In their twilight years, ambling the corridors of memory, They reminisced sweetly the joyful events of life and now out of parlor they arrange immediately when to come nice one 10 (Report) Reply

  • R.k Das (5/23/2013 5:09:00 AM)

    prof... thanx so much for such a beautiful poem that tells the story of love and sacrifice, , i can see how proud u as their grand daughter, , the 'Footfalls of Antiquity' fall so nostalgically on the path of a modern life and time, , this poem is one of your best, thanx (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (5/23/2013 4:57:00 AM)

    yes mam...those days were really bliss amidst all the toils that they put in....a very great write! (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (5/23/2013 1:32:00 AM)

    Valsa Ji, for narration, description, characterization, and versification...this is my........... Poem of the Day! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (5/22/2013 12:49:00 PM)

    Valsa, a great lovely tribute to your grand parents! Yes. Our grand parents lives were simple and sweet though they toiled they were there for each other and- - In their twilight years ambling in the corridors of memory / They reminisced sweetly the joyful events of life - shows their togetherness! LOVED THE POEM, VALSA! (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (5/22/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Poetess makes clarity in her writes
    we not dream love like, these ideal couple in that golden days
    ''Two streams that evenly and tranquilly ran side by side
    Never once been shattered on the rocks and shoals of life...

    may valsaji also dream own life with..
    .....Smiling at their wavering progeny
    They retell the saga of their blissful life......


    I love the likes (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (5/22/2013 2:47:00 AM)

    Their light lives on in your memory and now poem.
    Interesting you name your poem Footfalls of Antiquity.
    Footfalls happen along the road of life.They get hot and dusty from hard work.
    They get cold and wet in winter. And they keep moving always. Only resting
    when it is time for rest and peace.Antiques they are for so few people today acheive a so glorious
    accomplishment as a grateful life together with someone they truly love. (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (5/22/2013 1:38:00 AM)

    wonderfully you went to the paths of memory and reveal your love of your grand parents to the world...lovely and sweet is the diction of your poem, enjoyed fully... (Report) Reply

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