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Remembering Gran

Today would have been my lovely Gran’s one hundred and fifth birthday and by way of rememberance, I’d like to share with you the poem I wrote just after she passed away in 2000.

Forget Me Not

I’m not into poetry in any shape or form, in fact in English classes at school, it was my worst nightmare; I just didn’t get it or the point of it, let alone make it into something beautiful so how I came up with this is beyond me! The words were sitting in my head and I just had to put them on paper to express my love and memories of the only grandparent I ever knew.  Gran this one’s for you.

My Gran

Smiling face – humming tunes
Never a cross word – ready to play?
Rummy, pick up pairs – hunt the thimble
Wompom – cat on lap, Wonky, Muffin, Dotty too.

Fits of giggles in the mud.
Tea in bed – eiderdowns.
Dressed for breakfast – table laid
Country Store, Golden Shred – an apple a day!

Family around the table
Best china – tablecloth.
Roast lamb (Dad carving)
Apple batter with sugar and butter,
Creme caramel – yuk!
Bread & jam – rock cakes too,
Fish paste & celery – Battenburg cake.

Polish the hearth and collect the coal
Big radio and tick-tock clock.
Lots of books – Let’s play libraries!
Walks in the park – ‘Make haste’
Knitting in the early hours – ‘Gran can we do a row?’

A garden full of lovely flowers
Chrysanths, fuchsias, roses too
A fig tree and leaning apple tree.
A shed in every corner – playhouse, greenhouse,
So many hiding places! Climbing up the rockery
Hot, hot Summer days – “forty-forty see you!”

Bedtime – Buckle My Show up the stairs,
Apron on – bath time!
Fun in the tub – crisp towels
Sweets at home time – goodbye tears.

In memory of Muriel Wheeler
1911 – 2000

By Waking the Wombat

Life - part two; Australia. Having spent the first 39 years of my life in England, with two adult children who don't need me so much, a workaholic husband and a head full of stuff waiting to be unleashed, Waking the Wombat is my place to share life's experiences with you.

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