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poem for grandpa
by madeline andrews

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
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so i found it. your letter.
read it. understood you better.
how aging was like a fetter
shackling your feet--
each day a mundane repeat
of the day before,
and living becomes a chore
you don't want to do anymore.

and you know it would be lying
to repress your hope of dying
while watching the birds flying south
from the northwest
because every winter
they know it's best
to flock with the rest.

and even you see the need
to leave your nest
and join the rest of your friends
who seem now to be going
as if knowing
that they've stayed for too long
and are no longer strong.

and perhaps it is wrong to stay
when you pay for help everyday
to cook, bathe, read and write--
when getting dressed takes
all of your might,
and your body fights
through its malnourishment
of vodka and smokes
along with the emphasima
they've provoked
for the last five years.
so you drink a few more beers
and shed a few more tears
because nobody understands
what getting old demands--

it's more than clumsy hands,
a bald head,
and ears making their way deaf.
it's feeling gone
before you have left. 

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Reviewed by Jerry Andrews 6/28/2008
I love the way you express yourself, Madeline.You are very good and will continue to improve as you write more. I'm about where your grandpa is, agewise, I imagine. Something I do for my friends- don't be offended. In your background info- passivity, two esses. Genuinely- and emphysema- I can spell just about anything- always could. I'll be reading you. Try my Willow, Journey, Long Gone Love, Old Souls, Nevermore and Tasting The Night. Maybe Ashes In The Wind, too. Some of my best. Maybe we're related, in some distant, myster-
ious way. After reading you, I sure hope so. All my best-Jerry-One other thing- Read Candy Gourlay from South Africa and dani from Australia. Two friends and two of the best on the net. Jump out and read a bunch and each time when you review them, refer them to one or two of your poems they should read and review. Get that dynamic going. You're too good to languish in anonymity. Talk later.J.
Reviewed by Funky Weenkerbean 3/23/2005
Hey, this one is money!!!! I've read almost all of yours now and this one and Hangin Here are my favorites. It's true you voice coming out with true you passions it seems.
Reviewed by James David Compton (Reader) 10/30/2003
Wow. This is a great piece.
I always look to the end of the poem for its strength, and your last stanza is a winner.
-James
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 10/15/2003
This is such a good write on the plight of getting old. Seems as if there is not much thought on the part of many as to what it must be like to just want to finally let go. Thanks for sharing this wonderful thought provoking piece.
Allen
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