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Memories of My Grandfather

Updated on July 30, 2013

Voices and Hands

I remember Voices and Hands

I remember a booming Voice,

tender and smooth velvet,

I remember big Hands

strong with a history of work on them

Hands that fixed B52's

and held Union signs aloft

Hands that made me breakfast,

dried my tears

I remember a Voice

that told me stories

and shouted alerts

to dangers in my wake.

Hands that held my face.

A Voice that called me "pretty girl"

Suddenly they were both still and silent


Hands patted my head.

Voices told me he was gone.


I remember Voices and Hands.



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    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am so glad! He was a very special man and I am glad that this moved you!

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      Mike Robbers 

      4 years ago from London

      Very touching and emotional, it brought tears to my eyes, thank you so much for this one..

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am glad you liked it Dee! Thanks for your comment. He was very special to me!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      4 years ago

      Wonderful poem, brought back so many memories for me.

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I certainly hope so on both counts! Thank you for honoring him with you kind words!

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      Cat 

      4 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      I certainly hope you're back for the long run and two is quite a feat! Trust me :D

      I know your grandpa must be smiling and I bet he does it often! ;-)

      Cat

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for sharing Sunny! I wish you had as well....I appreciate the encouragement and the compliment!

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      Sunny River 

      4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Lovely and sweet. Wish I could remember my grandpas but they both died when I was still little so I didn't get the chance to know them. Great poem. :)

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      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Cat! Thank you for the visit! Hopefully, I am back for the long run...but thank you for the encouragement! Managed to publish just two so far....and it warms my heart that this touched you. My grandpa is smiling too!

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      Cat 

      4 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      Not only are you back, but you ARE back! :D ... I've been waiting for a new one from you and this was absolutely worth the wait. I think we all know these hands, in someone. I love this, I felt my heart in my stomach at the end and really had to hold back the tears. You are a wonderful writer and this, is a wonderful write!

      Up and others ~ Sharing too!

      Cat

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I do love when you stop by Lurana! Thank you for your kindness!

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      Lurana Brown 

      4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Voices and hands...beautiful, touching imagery. ~Lurana

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you James! And thank you for the visit! ;)

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful and well-written. Voted up

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Eddy for t he visit and the compliment!

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful once again Wayne.

      Voting up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you mhatter for the visit! And for the lovely compliment!

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      Martin Kloess 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Remarkable writing. Thank you for this.

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I most certainly will! And yes, a good place to be!

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      epigramman 

      4 years ago

      ...too too kind ... is a nice place to be , isn't it, we need more of too too kind in this world I think .... especially when it is sincere and heartfelt. Have a wonderful evening and keep thinking good thoughts.

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      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you so much for the visit and the wonderful accolades dear Epi! You are as always....too too kind! And just what I needed after getting my hubpages feet wet again! Thanks for the FB love too!

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      epigramman 

      4 years ago

      Lovely, dear Jennifer and I could see all of this as a movie projector in my mind as old black and white images flashed before me like in a scrapbook of memories - I have similar memories of my dad who died in 1992 and my mum in 2004 .... on those two days I lost my best friends - I will gladly and madly link your poetic elegy and tribute on my FB page for all to see and read and I am sending you warm wishes while listening to Stereolab at lake erie time canada with Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at 11:09pm

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh, you brought a tear to my eye! My grandpa was and still is one of the only people, (except for my current partner) that truly made me feel accepted and loved and beautiful for exactly who I was! Glad that this had meaning for you as well!

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      Robert A. Joseph 

      4 years ago

      My Grandfather, who also had been my trumpet teacher and father-figure, as my Dad was "away," died in my thirteenth year, but has not died in my heart and mind. Thanks for a matchless work.

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Wayne, I am on Facebook....thanks again for sharing, and I would be pleased to hear more about your group! Thanks!

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      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      What a wonderful thing to say! It's a great compliment to be called a poet by a fellow writer....I thank you for reading and the encouragement!

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      Vincent Moore 

      4 years ago

      I felt the tears well up in my eyes remembering my grandparents who I did not know well, yet their presence was always felt. I am so happy for you that you shared with your grandfather in such a loving way, oh yes, hands are so powerful, they reach out and touch ones heart in more ways than one. Wonderful poem dear poet, I was choked up reading it. Keep writing, you have a talent, and its a gift.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jennifer, I also shared this on Facebook, but I don't know if you are on Face book or not. If you are, I have a group to invite you to.

    • Theater girl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Wayne! I wrote this as a tribute to him...obviously, and I am so glad that you liked it!! Thanks for the sharing too!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Oh, Jennifer. How powerful and beautifully emotional. I had the privilege of growing up with both my grandfathers and even a great grandfather. This is an absolutely fabulous job. I am voting up and sharing.

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