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The Diary
by Annabel Sheila
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
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Another inspiration from a couple of special nights spent in the little cabin in the woods....


Thankful for the sturdy pine ceiling timbers,
She hears every creak and groan in the night.
Bright orange flames flicker in the stone fireplace
Casting shadows across the walls of the cosy little cabin.
A merciless wind howls into the frosted darkness
Of a wintry night trapped in a frigid Arctic blast!
Nestled gently into the cedars and pines
That stretch along the banks of the nearly frozen river
The sturdy little cabin easily endures nature’s wrath.
In the pasty yellow light of a worn old lantern next to the bed,
Grandmother’s faded blue wool shawl pulled around her shoulders,
Her eyes devour an ancient memoir she treasures!
Grandmother’s diary is more than a hundred years old!
But lovingly kept in a handmade cedar chest for a century,
The journal managed to survive the ravages of time.
She could easily recite verbatim every single word,
For she has committed each page to the deepest recesses
Of her memory, where she lovingly keeps her family near.
But the words penned by her grandmother’s hand
Each one of them a priceless gem, are like stars in the universe!
Gazing upon them is glimpsing the very fabric of time.
The precious journal is a peek into her ancestry,
A graphically detailed account of a lengthy journey
That encompasses happiness, heartache, adventure,
Birth, death, love, and the struggle to survive against all odds!
Filled with stories about the courage and determination
Of a woman who believed life was what you made it
The diary seems to have a life of its own,
It inspires; it offers great wisdom; it is bursting with a love of life!
And as the glowing embers of the fireplace spread warmth
Into the little room, so does the priceless journal
Warm her heart, where her grandmother lives forever.
Turning out the lantern, she gently lays the book beside her pillow
A smile tugging at the corners of her mouth as she closes her eyes,
Her grandmother was wise, strong and courageous,
And this is the stuff she is made of!

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by D. Vegas 1/8/2011
Annabel, a beautiful inspirational poem.
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 1/8/2011
Very nicely written Annabel. What beauty we can find from this diary. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/6/2011
But the words penned by her grandmotherís hand
Each one of them a priceless gem, are like stars in the universe!

And this is a priceless piece, Annabel. You've also reminded me of some of my grandmother's possessions that today are truly treasures to me.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/5/2011
Beautiful, heartwarming tale that reminds me of a better time when less was more...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 1/5/2011
This is the beautiful, humanistic stuff that life is made of.
How fortunate for you, dear friend, that you are able to so personally know your grandmother. Great, nostalgic poem, Anna.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/5/2011
Such a rare treasure! Times past come alive again each time a page is turned. How lucky! Patrick
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 1/5/2011
Finding your GrandMother's diary is a real treasure. This was a very fine writin, Annabel.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/5/2011
What a treasure! You sure know how to warm the heart ~
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 1/5/2011
Just lovely. Wonderful write and beautiful syntax which shows it came from the heart.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 1/5/2011

Your grandmother's diary is a precious treasure. Very well written, and I could feel the coolness of the cabin and the dimness of the lantern. Beautifu as usual.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/5/2011
To come across old diaries either our own or from those long past but still loved is like walking back into the arms of an old love. Warm, comfortable and loving...and when we do it in such a place as a romantic cabin in front of a log is like a bit of angel dust sprinkled on our memories. Well done Annabel.
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