Poem About My First Grandchild

Flesh and blood of my

flesh and blood;

Witnessing your birth,

I feel

the embrace of the infinite circle.

Skin of satin,

eyes of innocent wonder;

You are mine,

not mine.

I travel endless corridors

of time

rocking wails to whimpers

and sleep.

This poem was originally written when my eldest grandson was but 2 weeks old. Many years have passed; at this publication, he is now but a month from his 17th birthday. This was an intensely personal poem, and it took all these years for me to be comfortable in sharing it.

I was able to be present at his birth, and that of his brother, 5 years later. "Life" however, intervened, and prevented me from being present when either of my granddaughters were born. That made this memory all the more special.

Update: As of this revision, this young man has outgrown his teenage angst, and is now serving in the Army and has been married for a year and a half. I am very proud of who he has become.

© 7-14-93 C.E. Carl
© 5-16-10 C.E. (Carl) Elias
Photo is from Pixabay; not of my grandson.

© 2010 Liz Elias

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub

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Christine B. 6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

Good explanation of a Grandparent, my friend! It sure is a precious gift of life... and our reward for not killing

our kids when they were teenagers! :o)

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

This is beautiful, and I know exactly how you felt!

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Lizzy, this was great, thank you for sharing it

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this was great, rocking wails to whimpers! Ah! lovely.

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Beautiful Poem.

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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you, Wendy, I so glad you stopped by & enjoyed the poem.

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Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

This is beautiful, and I think most writers know exactly what you mean about not being ready to express some things until we're ready. I haven't yet gone through the first-grandchild experience. I'm kind of scared of it, to be honest.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

This is a very touching poem. I think it makes any grandmother hearken back immediately to her own experiences. This is the first one of your writings I've read. The title caught my eye. I felt a need (a month later) to paint the image of me sitting there nervously out in the garden as we waited for word that our first grandchild was born. She was seven weeks early. It was my first painting. Some things in life are just so special we have to document them somehow to ourselves. Thank you for sharing.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Pamela!

Thank you so much. I bet your painting is awesome! Such events are among the milestones that touch us deeply and affect who we are.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I love it! Congratulations and I hope you are enjoying your relationship with your first.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, DH--thanks so much for stopping by--glad you enjoyed the poem.

I used to have a very special relationship with this boy up until about 3 years ago when he hit his mid-teens and decided he was going to do what he was going to do, and not listen to anyone...now he's 18, and it's worse. :-(

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DzyMsLizzy 20 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

To everyone who I missed addressing an individual reply: My apologies. This was one of my earliest submissions here on Hub Pages, before I figured out how the system really worked.

I thank you all for your kind words and thoughts on this poem.

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