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My Grandfather
by Dave Rineberg
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I Dreamed of my grandfather last night.

I dreamed of him how I've always known him, proud, strong, hard working and kind.
I dreamed we were riding in his old Ford pickup, traveling back in time.

With the windows down I could smell the summer mix of flowers and weeds that the country road to the farm knew.
He drank his coffee from a thermos lid and when he finished he reached over for his pouch of chew.

I watched with young eyes as put the leaves in his mouth and with a gesture that he noticed me he extended his hand.
I reached and grab a leaf or two feeling, proud and strong as inside the boy grew a man.

His lessons to me were often of few words but each one molded the man I am today.
I long to go back to be taught but one last time by the giant of the man with not much to say.

But all I can do is feel sad as he is gone, his lessons taught, his time here expired.
I dreamed of my Grandfather last night but this time no tears fell and I awoke with a smile.

I realized he had given me one last lesson of life and love that had to be learned through the pain of death and crying.
That if you hold someone you love tightly in your heart, then they will always be with you and a part of you, even in dying.


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Reviewed by J Howard
the impression we leave/they leave/others leave is a tremendous you have shared.
well done-
Reviewed by Regis Schilken
I realized he had given me one last lesson of life and love that had to be learned through the pain of death and crying.
That if you hold someone you love tightly in your heart, then they will always be with you and a part of you, even in dying.

These are very comforting words, Dave. The cycle of life seems so cruel, but when our loved ones are gone, they remain part of our minds and thinking.

Reviewed by Stanley Alston
Dave thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem. And as your Grandfather will say"Be an example" words will faith from day to day as we toy to roam let us say. An example will shine till heaven's day and I give to you Dave another unforgettable day.
Your Grandfather is so proud of you and I to have this opportunity in time to share your special words.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Still remember my only grandpa lived in a nursing home with a stroke for15years. Visited him most every Sunday as a child. Died when I was13 and am now 63. Memories of him come back to me often. Of course, he is buried in cemetery where my second hubby is now lying resting in peace too. Grandpa always gave me a 50 cent piece or a silver dollar when I visited. Loved him very much. Was so lucky to have him. Great poem about yours and I can relate to it very well. They are never forgotten and always with us in spirit.
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors
I love this poem. It captures the love and the respect we feel, especially when that wonderful person leaves us. Eileen
Reviewed by Theresa Koch
Wonderful writing~`*
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
a beautiful tribute to life and your grandfather
Reviewed by Philip Birmingham
Beautifully constructed poem. It brought to mind my own grandfather and how much I could have learned from him, but did not. Nice write.
Reviewed by Richard Orey
As of this date, you have only one posting under Poetry, Dave.
But you made it a really good one!

Reviewed by Laura Mayer
This is an exceptional write..I could feel the sadness of the loss of your grandfather. I too had a loved one visit me in my dreams. It's wonderful isn't it? They are still with us and reach out to us in our dreams I beleive. Laura
Reviewed by J.L. Day
I feel honored to have been given the pleasure of meeting your grandpa, through your well penned portrait of him, in such eloquent phrase.

Makes me think of one of mine posted a few weeks ago entitled "Gransma's Kitchen"

Nice work!
Reviewed by Dawn Mullan
A great tribute to a wonderful man. Thank you, DL Mullan
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Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
I realized he had given me one last lesson of life and love that had to be learned through the pain of death and crying.
That if you hold someone you love tightly in your heart, then they will always be with you and a part of you, even in dying.

Indeed..I like your grandfather..sounds so much like my father..
exceptional piece..thankyou Dave..

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
Wonderful and sentimental.
Reviewed by S. Ganguli Prometheus_Media
Nice poem. I enjoyed the rhythm in your poem.

Reviewed by Sapna George
Reviewed by Andrea Williams
You were lucky to know such a wonderful man and have him in your family.
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Reading this piece made me feel as if I had met your grandfather. Heartfelt, eloquent, an excellent poem.
Reviewed by mz kimi
extremely poignant, baby!
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga
Dear David,

This is an extraordinary poem. This captures the love that was so evidently given from grandfather to grandson, and shows just what an impact some people make in our lives, without our knowing at that particular moment. It's all too often that the realization comes years later. Keep the thought in mind that although his vessle is gone the spirit lives on !!! and he is always besides you.

Warm hugs my friend
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant
Glad your grandfather came to visit you in your dream to release the pain and sorrow, and to remind you of the wonderful memories that you had together. They never really leave us.
There is nothing like the love and strengh that family brings to us, is there?
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson
touching, moving depiction of seen in the words of this poem
Reviewed by Miranda Hendrix (Reader)
I think it properly captures that rugged, simplistic, yet wisdom filled man that lies beneath the eyes. I couldn't have said it better.
Reviewed by Debra Conklin
Wonderful memories of what seems like a cherished man.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
The emotions in this are easily felt. Well expressed.
Reviewed by Stephanie Wagner (Reader)
Also very nice...So sorry to hear of your loss...He must have been a Wonderful Person
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
A lesson well learned, Dave. I, too, miss my grandparents; but they taught me many things - that I hope I will never forget. Well done!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
This is a great write! and wonderfully expressed thoughts. Your right we never truly loss the one we love, as long as we keep them in our hearts.
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