Friday, 28 February 2014

Grandpa's Love


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


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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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....

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

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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.