Request To A Year Poem by Judith Wright

Request To A Year

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If the year is meditating a suitable gift,
I should like it to be the attitude
of my great- great- grandmother,
legendary devotee of the arts,

who having eight children
and little opportunity for painting pictures,
sat one day on a high rock
beside a river in Switzerland

and from a difficult distance viewed
her second son, balanced on a small ice flow,drift down the current toward a waterfall
that struck rock bottom eighty feet below,

while her second daughter, impeded,
no doubt, by the petticoats of the day,
stretched out a last-hope alpenstock
(which luckily later caught him on his way).

Nothing, it was evident, could be done;
And with the artist's isolating eye
My great-great-grandmother hastily sketched the scene.
The sketch survives to prove the story by.

Year, if you have no Mother's day present planned,
Reach back and bring me the firmness of her hand.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Witman 23 April 2008

To sum a life in carefully chosen lines. To paint a picture with words in a way no other image would suffice. The life that pokes out in its confidence from between the lines, was the life of one who was alive every moment of her existance. No end to love's portrayal.

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Kim Barney 07 September 2015

This poem paints a vivid picture of the scene in my mind. What a talent she had with the way she used her words!

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Ramesh T A 07 September 2015

Life adventure of a beloved if sketched into a picture by a grand grandest mother, it would be the best gift to her on Woman; s Day sure!

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K.c. Ford 07 September 2015

I really like the ending couplet. Rounds the poem off nicely.

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Kinyua Karanja 07 September 2015

Artistic is a driving force that knows no steep mountain nor sharp corners it conquer all. I like the way that grandma sketched the scene. nice poem.

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Mahtab Bangalee 22 January 2020

YEAR COMES AND GOES; SILENTLY PASSES AWAY THE TIME; BUT A MIND THERE LIVES MANY DESIRES, MANY HOPES, MANY PRAYERS; A CONNOISSEUR MIND ALWAYS PRAYS FOR THE FINE ART WHERE S/HE FINDS HER/HIS ULTIMATE HAPPINESS OF MOMENTS///GREATLY POEM PENNED

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Douglas Scotney 14 November 2019

philosophical grandmothers are the best

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Savita Tyagi 14 November 2019

Marvelous poem! Only a person who has gone through the experience can create a sketch such as the Greate grand ma did to be remembered for generations.

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Edward Kofi Louis 14 November 2019

Beside a river in Switzaland. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 14 November 2019

The scene is sketched very heartily by grandmother with beautiful request to the year. The year will definitely bring firmness with mothers day. A great poem is excellently penned. Reading such a poem of the day we feel glad.

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Judith Wright

New South Wales / Australia
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