Sandra Martyres

(5th October / Mumbai - India)

The Passing of Grandfather


Out there in the freezing cold
Lo and behold!
Stood our dear old grandfather
He seemed to be waiting for grandmother
Though she had passed away a while ago
But our aged grandfather remembered not
He thought she had as usual wandered out
So he cried out her name
Lest she get lost in the fog
While she went wood picking in the bog

I gently touched his shoulder
And bid him return home
To wait for grandmother
Reluctantly he followed me
As we entered the room
I saw that special smile upon his face and
Could have sworn that grandmother
Was in our midst...

He slowly lowered himself into a chair
Right beside her empty one
Then extending his hand
As if he were clutching hers tightly
Peace and serenity writ all over his face
Closing his dark brown eyes
He softly murmured – My dear I love you
Never will we part again…
His tired body slumped in the chair
We almost felt his spirit leaving the room
As he was reunited with grandmother

Submitted: Monday, April 06, 2009
Edited: Monday, April 06, 2009

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  • Patti Masterman (8/15/2009 9:54:00 PM)

    This is awesome. I can tell it really happened almost exactly like this.
    When my mother was dying, she kept looking up at the corner of her room, and her
    lips would move like she was carrying on a conversation. I've no doubt it was her
    'car pool' come to welcome her home. (smile) (Report) Reply

  • Maia Padua (4/7/2009 7:37:00 AM)

    oh, touched my heart...
    i want to cry with their story
    beautifully crafted into this piece..
    really touching...
    very great....
    10+++ (Report) Reply

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