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For BE, My Precious Third Grandson

Updated on May 9, 2019
Growing hands!
Growing hands! | Source

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!

Dearest BE,

You are loved

and valued

beyond description!

Hands learning to be careful!
Hands learning to be careful! | Source
Hands learning early to garden!
Hands learning early to garden! | Source
Hands learning to play in Alaskan sand!
Hands learning to play in Alaskan sand! | Source
Sweet hands!
Sweet hands! | Source
Baby gentle hands!
Baby gentle hands! | Source
Tiny growing, birthday hands!
Tiny growing, birthday hands! | Source

Precious BE,

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 will 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 you will choose His wisdom and discernment as your guide 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 for 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 Fine Dictionary we find useful examples with the definition. The bottom line is unloosen is a word with the word loosen within it and that individual word within it also has similar meaning. Unloosen is simply 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 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 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.

T, you are growing into a wonderful young man so fast!

EM, your days are unfolding quickly as you grow into your girlhood!

CW, creation is a wonder to you and I pray it will always be so!

AG, our third granddaughter shining brightly in the middle!

SJ, already both a little and a big brother, you have a special role in life!


Thoughts and two new poems drawn from suffering.

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.

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  • rdsparrowriter profile image

    Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

    3 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Beautiful poem about your grandson :) I pray that he would be blessed with every spiritual blessing that God has :) May he walk with God the Father with love, peace and maturity :) God Bless you !!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 months ago from the short journey

    Thank you for letting me know how much you enjoyed this post. Poetry is a lot of work but well worth the effort.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 months ago from the short journey

    Leland Johnson:

    Thanks kindly for your generous comment.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    I had to read this again and want to mention the use of photos in the article. I loved it! That little hand! I cannot help but think about my kids when I read the poem. I have seven. Thanks for this. I think you might have turned me back towards poetry.

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    Leland Johnson 

    8 months ago from Midland MI

    RTalloni- beautiful poem about your grandson, rich with clever lines, love, emotion, and arrangement. Great job, excellent hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 months ago from the short journey

    Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed reading this poem and the information. I am hoping to soon finish our latest little grands' poem and post as well as to finish updating the others in this series with their own word studies. So appreciate your feedback here.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    9 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    My second daughter is quite the poet. I fell from poetry when I married. I started focusing on writing stories instead. I wrote an epic poem that I turned into a play when I was a teen. It was about going into space. for the life of me, I cannot locate the thing. It was full of character and potential. I suppose it was not to be.

    I love the poem. I don't like to read poetry, but occasionally I make the effort to see the beauty that I miss. I love your poem because it was not mind-bending and it was about something you loved. It makes it easy to relate.

    There was so much more in this article than I thought. It was informative and surprising. I like the information you provided. Not only was I entertained but educated as well.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    10 months ago from the short journey


    Thank you for this kind response to this post. I am so thankful to be able to pray for God's grace in His Son Jesus the Christ to be shed into my grandchildren's hearts and minds. This life is short, then they will each one step out of it. Oh how I pray that they will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus for both this life's needs and for that day they cross over from time into eternity.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    A lovely poem and what a heart touching prayer you have penned for your third grandson.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from the short journey


    Thank you very much for visiting and for the kind words about this post.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from the short journey

    T Alberts:

    Thanks kindly for stopping and reading this for our BE. He's growing so fast! We thought he was the caboose but have been surprised so I've been working on a new poem to post.

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    Bill Holland 

    12 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Anyone who has a child or grandchild can appreciate this beautiful tribute to children everywhere. This really is a lovely piece of writing!

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    Thelma Alberts 

    12 months ago from Germany and Philippines

    This is a wonderful poem written for a grandson. How is he going now? I am sure you have always a happy time bonding with him. Happy weekend!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from the short journey

    Pamela Oglesby:

    Thank you very much. :) The grands truly are such treasures. I'm almost ready to post our little surprise's poem (BE was not the caboose after all!) but have let other writing projects keep me from getting it finished. And I need to update the other poems, adding word studies... And ongoing projects are stories for the grands... And... :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    12 months ago from Sunny Florida

    I truly love your poem. As the mother of 3 boys, then 2 boys and finally a girl, I know the treasure I have received for the Lord. Now I have a new 3 year granddaughter that was totally unexpected. Family is my joy. Love your articles.

    I also like you reference to the fine dictionary. Interesting place to linger.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from the short journey

    Sherry Haynes:

    Thank you–oh how I love him. Yes, he's growing fast! So I'll tell you a little story, short version. :) It was no big deal, but this past fall (just turning 3) he broke something at our house simply by being a little boy. His big brother, SJ, barely a year older, stepped up and took the blame when they showed it to us. We wouldn't have known except...

    The thing was easily repaired, and Grandpapa made that so before they came back. They noticed right away, and little BE asked his Grandpapa, "So I can throw a rock at it again?" It was hard not to fall on the ground laughing. But oh so sweet to realize the whole story of his big brother "protecting" him and BE not even realizing the whole matter of it all. They are each one all boy, which does not exclude a boat load of sweetness. :)

    I'm so thankful to be able to pray for them!

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    Sherry Haynes 

    15 months ago

    There is so much love here! I love the poem and the photos are so beautiful!! He must have turned two now! How is he doing?

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    Genna East 

    16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    How beautiful! I just love this. :-) And our little ones -- our grandchildren -- can inspire us so much. They hold a place in our hearts that can be difficult to describe.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    16 months ago from the short journey

    Thank you very much for your kind words. These little ones are quite inspiring. :) I'm so thankful to be able to pray freely for them according to God's Word!

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    Louise Powles 

    16 months ago from Norfolk, England

    That's a beautiful poem dedicated to your newest grandson. It's so lovely to be able to write such lovely words about family.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from the short journey

    Peggy Woods:

    Thank you kindly for your encouraging comment on this post. I have a new poem to complete for grand number 7 :) but I've been finishing up a story for the second grand. They keep me busy! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    19 months ago from Houston, Texas

    What a sweet poem dedicated to your newest family member. I am sure he will treasure it as he grows older. Those hand photos were also sweet. I liked the word study at the end.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from the short journey

    Mike and Dorothy McKenney: It is just beautiful that you have a wonderful relationship with your grandson. Hold on to it with all your might! Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am working on a new one after all. :)

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    Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

    19 months ago from United States

    Beautiful! My oldest grandson, who is now 23, still calls me regularly and remains a shining light in my life.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey

    Chitrangada Sharan:

    So appreciate that you came by to read this poem for my third grandson. It turns out he's not our caboose so I'm in the process of writing one more for a new granddaughter. These grands are quite inspiring! :)

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Congratulations for another cute addition to your lovely family. I can understand your emotions while composing this poem and you have expressed yourself beautifully. Many readers can relate to your feelings. And I love the other ones too.

    Thanks for sharing this excellent hub!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey

    Faith Reaper,

    Always appreciate your visits so much! Thanks for coming by and for your response. There really aren't words for the joy a grandchild brings, are there? Though we thought BE might be the caboose, our newest is expected in March.

    Have added some info to this hub that I've been meaning to include on each one of the hubs in this little series. If you are not familiar with Favorite Poems Old and New you might like to get a copy to share when your grands visit. :)

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    Faith Reaper 

    2 years ago from southern USA

    Aw, how sweet! Congrats on the special little blessing again.

    I don't know why, but I have not been getting notifications when you publish a hub? I saw a comment you made on another Hubber's hub, and it made me wonder if you had published anything lately, and you had!

    I, too, was blessed with another grandson back last Christmas, or a few days after, and I can't even explain the joy that little one gives me. I know have four grandchildren, two girls and two boys. When my first grandson was about to be born, I had written something like this, and now, I feel bad I didn't do it for my new little sweetheart.

    Grands are certainly grand!

    God bless you and yours always

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you very much for your feedback on this hub! It's exciting to look at the lines from the perspective of empowering BE when he can read.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    RTalloni, I admire works of poetry dedicated to specific people, to family members especially, and to the grandchildren most specially. BE and all the others will be thrilled when they can read them. Who will not be empowered reading "Resolve is written on your thoughtful face?" I like it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you kindly for coming by to read and for your congrats. Putting our creative work out in public can be intimidating so I appreciate the comment. Have just returned from visiting all my grands and have had the chance to get to know little BE better so as I refine the poem I may add to it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    You so right–they do take our breath away. Thank you for your kind greetings.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply but I've been traveling to visit my grands. Thank you for coming by!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Such a lovely tribute to your new grandson. Congratulations. Enjoyed your poem. Wonderful!

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    Patricia Scott 

    2 years ago from sunny Florida

    How blessed little one is to have you wish God's blessings upon the new life. The joy and wonder and blessing of a newbie takes my breath away every time. Hugs and love to each of you as you relish this new moment.

    Angels are on the way to all of you ps -

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    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    RTalloni, Best Wishes on a new grandson. You are truly blessed, I miss having a baby near. God Bless, Stella

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Considered archaic too often, even today it is well worth reading and studying. :)

  • techygran profile image


    2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    I think it is rather wonderful that people have absorbed so much of the richness of the KJV text that they use it in their speech and writing, that it continues to enhance our language.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for your very kinds words about this post. So appreciate that you took the time to read and comment. The only meaningful and lasting thing I will leave my grandchildren is my prayers for them. Praying God's Word over them is one of the greatest joys of my life.

    Your question on unloosen caused me to remember that it is indeed used in the Bible so I looked up the one verse I was sure it was in. John 1:27 is from a passage explaining that John announced Jesus the Christ and the verse quotes John's reply to the question of who he himself was, "He (Jesus) it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose." This is from the KJV, but the version I read most often is the ESV and it uses the term untie instead of unloose.

    John's humble reply about who he was is an important example of how we should view the Lord Jesus. The remainder of the book of John is rich with truths about Jesus. Shared from the heart of one who loved Him (and who was loved by the Redeemer), we have in John's record an immeasurable blessing for time and eternity.

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    2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Dear Roberta-- Delightful and very moving poem to your little one... the little "caboose" (great word for a little boy, youngest grandchild). I also enjoyed the word study for "unloosen" (is it Biblical?) and will check out your link when I get time (whenever that might be)! I love the idea of building blessings and prayers into the Hubpages where our grandkids can find them anytime when they learn to read! Genius! ~Cynthia

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey

    Rachel L Alba:

    Thank you very much for adding your comment to this hub. Congratulations to your family as it grows. You'll enjoy that baby boy immensely!

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    Rachel L Alba 

    2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Hi RTAlloni, How beautiful your writing is to your grandson. I hope he treasure it always when he grows up. It's so refreshing to see someone introduce their loved ones, especially a child to his savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you for that. I have two daughters and three granddaughters and now my oldest granddaughter is about to have a little boy. The first baby boy in the family. I can't wait to see him.

    Blessings to you.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks kindly to a fellow word lover!

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    Linda Crampton 

    2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Congratulations on the birth of another grandchild, RTalloni! This must be an exciting time for you. I am a word lover, so I appreciate the word study addition to this hub.


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