For BE, My Precious Third Grandson
In my profile page’s list of posts, the six hubs that now make up a little series for my grandchildren are appreciated by those whose hearts beat for their own. While it’s true that poetry articles are not always highly rated, it is a neat thing that we have the opportunity to feature them publicly in this venue.
Thanks kindly for stopping in to check out this newest “grands” hub. Be sure to look for a small new feature to these grands' hubs near the bottom. Exploring something about words is always fun even if a grandmama's poems don't turn out to be your favorite cup of tea.
For BE, My Third Precious Grandson, with Love from Grandmama
Another baby boy–oh the joy!
A new grandchild–outright happy myst’ry!
Cute tooth-tipped lips learning to say hi,
Sparkling eyes pondering just how to try,
Dimples dancing with happy chuckles,
Chubby fingers calculating puzzles,
Plump little tummy trailing fat knees,
Playful smile displaying glee in your spree!
Now, for you, it’s time to seize life’s race,
Resolve is written on your thoughtful face,
Crawling now to observe your siblings,
Going where in your future travelings?
Energetic, but confined by youth,
Shortly, containing you will prove mere myth.
Right now you are our precious caboose,
Growing fast, far too soon you’ll be unloosed!
You are loved
How happy we were to be given a brother for SJ, AG, and EM, and a new cousin for T and CW! Another new grandson was a joy that reached into the very core of our being! As with your siblings and cousins, I pray that you will come to truly understand the love of the Savior at a young age.
As you grow may God grant you mature understanding of His Word that you might be able to live before Him so as to have His richest blessings in good times and in the difficult ones. May you become a good counselor to all who know you because you are filled with the joy and peace of everything it means to trust God’s Word.
May you learn early in life to look to God for help to maintain the humbleness before Him that comes only from walking in repentance by the great love He has set upon you through Jesus the Christ, and may you never forget His merciful grace to you.
May your walk with the Lord be a constant awareness of your need of Him. May you depend on Him to help you remember that He is with you, helping you in everything, and especially helping you maintain a focus on the fact that your times are in His hands because it is not in man who walks to direct His steps.
Your life blossoms as mine begins to fade, but God’s faithfulness to His own dear promises regarding the prayers of His people will be with you throughout your life. For you, along with your siblings and cousins, I pray for His wisdom and discernment to guide you in your future, for the protection and preservation that allows you to live freely for His glory, for courage and strength to do His will, and blessings that help you keep your focus on what is of eternal value.
A Word Study
Liberties taken with words in poetry can be fun, but they can also create questions. I'm adding a word study feature to this little series of hubs because a question came up when I read this poem to a friend before putting the hub together.
When our debate about the word unloosen came up it caught me off guard because I was familiar with its usage, but I had to look up the answer for my friend. It really did seem redundant when she mentioned it. Viva the world wide web!
At Quora the answer was clear. The bottom line is that unloosen is a word that has a word within it and that individual word within it also has similar meaning. Unloosen is an emphasized way to say loosen.
The second comment at the Quora link was a neat blip to read and the related links are so tempting that I put off plowing through them for I knew one would just lure me to another and I would never get this important hub finished.
So, if you are a word lover, beware. Quora will side track you to no end. Be prepared to make yourself later gator the site for when you can really unloosen its information. Before going there mark your calendar for another day to enjoy following more of its links if you are working to publish a new hub now!
If you are interested in seeing more of this sort of addition to a poetry hub I'll be working diligently to add a word study capsule to them, starting first with my other grands' poems.
Poems and More for My Grandchildren
This series of poems for grands is followed by a link that leads you to other poems I've posted on HubPages. Though poetry is not the primary subject of the majority of my hubs, sprinkling a few of my works among my other posts here has been a great creative exercise.
Poetry for Children
Bringing poetry to a child's life can come in many forms, but the classic word form remains a great foundation for helping them become more creative, for giving them understanding of the world beyond themselves, and for teaching them about different levels of thinking.
Favorite Poems Old and New is an anthology of poems that every child should have access to in their home. It's a great resource for parents and grandparents, and children will come to enjoy reading it on their own. I cannot count the ways our children benefitted from having a copy at their fingertips.