Friday, 28 February 2014

Grandpa's Love

HEAD DOODLING BACK




He nodded, finally, off to sleep,  
held, softly, in his Grandpa’s arms –

his chubby fingers
curled around the thumb.

And I thought,

if love flows forth from old hands
upon the heart of one so young:

What a man
this child will become.

photo:  Grandpa’s Got You, Little Man – W. Bourke 

© 2013 Wendy Bourke

13 comments:

  1. This is just such a beautiful thought ... energy does indeed flow, don't you think?

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  2. Yes, I do believe energy does flow - good and bad energy. I also believe that one can turn negative energy to positive - if one is vigilant and works at it - and we should all try to do that. Happy people make the world a better place.

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  3. Aw, just precious...I remember this one from your other blog. Love the turn your thoughts took...boys taught to be good men is such a delight to see.

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  4. Thanks, Jennifer. Indeed this was posted at one time on Head Doodling On - though I've rejigged it ever so slightly, as the original made reference to a sick child. (I had taken the picture one afternoon when grandpa/hubby and I were caring for him, while his Mom and Dad were at work, and he had a bad cold). But when I thought about it, it seemed to me in retrospect that little boys need love all the time - not just when they're sick - and I altered it to reflect that.

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  5. if his grandfather shows him such love...he will grow up well...
    i know far too many boys without men in their lives...
    we need those generations of men....

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  6. Thank you, Brian, for your very touching and insightful perspective.

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  7. Ahh...This is so tender and poignant!

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  8. Sweet moments of showering love and receiving it in silence....you've captivated a wonderful moment Wendy in image and words....

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  9. Thank you Sumana. In this poem I did try to capture an actual moment, so I'm pleased that you feel I succeeded in doing that.

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  10. So true, Wendy. If only the young boy can feel the love, take it all in & make it a part of him, what a fine young man this will help him to become indeed. One can never get too much love!

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  11. Yes, I think children do feel the love, Mary. And I think it goes a long, long way towards shaping the kind of adults they become. As you say, one can never get too much love!

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  12. Obviously grandpa learned his lesson: raise a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

    Touching!

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