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  Shadow of a man
by William Bonilla
Thursday, January 06, 2011
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Being remembered


 

Shadow Of A Man

~*~

 

I just finished playing

 Scrabble

With My twin

Granddaughters.

 

Stayed behind

At the dinning area

Gathering the tiles

To stowed

Them away.

 

My granddaughters

Young as they are

Went about playing

Other games

I can hear them

Giggling at a distance.

 

I saw myself

As a Shadow of A Man

Alone in the room

Doing what was at hand

As their giggle

Echoed in my head.

 

Wondering

If this picture of myself

They will cherish

When they become of age

And I am no longer around,

 

Me picking up

The scrabble tiles

In the solitude of the room

As they played

A Shadow of A Man.

 

 

By William Bonilla

“D’Artagnan”

01/05/2011

 




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Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/6/2011
HARDLY A 'SHADOW', WILLIAM...TSK!...TSK! ONLY A STRONG MAN, FULL OF THOSE WONDERFUL VALUES OF 'FAMILY' TAKES THE TIME TO PLAY WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT LIGHT...THE MEMORIES THAT YOU ARE FORMING WITH THEM WILL LONG BE APPRECIATED AND TENDERLY RECALLED. FOR THEY WILL NOT RECALL A 'SHADOW', BUT THEY WILL THINK ON A PERSON WHO CARED AND LET THEM KNOW, BY HIS ACTIONS, HOW MUCH HE LOVED THEM. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/10/2011
I love not only the poem but also its contemplative content. Surely your granddaughters will not only remember "the shadow of a man" but also the Light of the man took time to play scrabble with them.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/8/2011
Poignant memories, William, they live on in others...
Deeply moving poem!

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 1/7/2011
William, Yes, Yes, Yes, it is each moment that we share with our loved ones that count and leave lasting impressions deeply within them. We have to live in the moment, no matter what that moment is.
You are doing what you are suppose to be doing, no regrets, just play and have fun with those granddaughters...

Lovely poetry, you always know how to get to the heart of your readers.

Much peace, love and light, and happy new year!
Amber
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/7/2011
You are bound to be one of their best shinning memories they will cherish when they are grown, so just enjoy them to pieces William...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/7/2011
A deep, thoughtful piece, William. Seems this is the time of year for it, but you capture this authentic moment in a way that showcases that sense of in-the-end-we-are-all-alone. Great work.
Sheila
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/7/2011
Glad to see you back, D'Artagnan, and your grandchildren will surely remember, as we now remember glorious times spent with our grandparents.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/7/2011
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, DEAR WILLIAM!!!!!!!!!!! MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING YOU MORE BEAUTIFUL POEMS AND HAPPINESS IN YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Flanagan 1/6/2011
You give your time and your presence to them, William, and you encourage words and literacy in them and that's a real legacy in this dumb age. I love the moment of this poem and its thrust.

John
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 1/6/2011
This is so heartfelt and a little sad, William. On the other hand, not everyone of us are blessed with being able to play and enjoy with our grandchildren. Surely, you are a person with significance not because of what you have now but it is about what you've built in the impressionable minds of the little ones. A doting grandpa, loving and protective. That's how your granddaughters will remember you. Love and blessings to you.

Hugs,
Sheri
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/6/2011
This is so touching and wistful...I think they will remember, and it will sustain them, as memories of my Grandparents playing games with me have sustained me so many times...
Love and Hugs, Diana...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/6/2011
Too cool this one, Bill...e
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 1/6/2011
Beaufifully heartfelt Bill. Maybe they will remember. Children's memories are very selective. My grandmother died when I was four and all I can remember is her trying to feed me cooked carrots which I hate. That and her beautiful loving smile. If nothing else they'll remember the love you have for them.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/6/2011
I find this so hearfelt and meaningful, William. Having two daughters myself (no grand kids yet), I can completely empathize. I do not know if you have read my poem "Ballet Lesson" that I have posted here at AD. It seems to me we are expressing the very same sentiments in many ways. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 1/6/2011
Excellent piece of writing, William.

GOD BLESS YOU and YOURS
TONY
Reviewed by pat medlin 1/6/2011
you will never be a shadow of a man to them...i'm with george carrol
'never fear...love remembers.'
what a beautiful musing...what lucky girls!
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/6/2011
Wonderful, engaging poem William...almost haunting and full of perspective.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/6/2011
Memories are so utterly precious
and I am sure they will remember
the laughter & the time you spend
with them & sharing moments...

May Love Continue To Embrace You
Scrabble Rules!!!
Vickie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/6/2011
poignant- One ponders life more and more as time becomes more fleeting a precious, this is a wonderfil write on perspective
Reviewed by Clarence Prince 1/6/2011
You are a blessed man, William. Give the Lord much thanks and praise; as, He favors you with grandchildren. They are so sweet to play with and even to listen them giggle and play.... It's Really a nice poem!
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/6/2011
Spending time with your grandchildren will ensure they do remember you, William! Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with them...they'll remember that!

Anna
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/6/2011
Walt said it all. Never fear, love remembers.

George
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/6/2011
Just know that times with their grandfather, playing games and laughing will be remembered long after we are gone.
the best gift you can give anyone is your time.

Walt

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