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My Nan, a tribute to a wonderful lady who meant so much in my life.

Updated on August 29, 2011

A woman fair who spoke her truth

Shared with my sisters Alison, Ruth

Hugs and cuddles on a lap

A kindly word and not a slap

Tea from a saucer, cools it down

Did the tea leaves bring a frown

Enormous ‘stays’ held firm flesh and skin

Laced down the back and whaleboned in

A woman large, majestic being

Clear and thoughtful in her seeing

Uncles, cousins, boys in blue

Each of them meant much to you

Family scattered far and wide

To other boroughs, other side

Husband, daughter gone in weeks,

Gentle tears streaked your cheeks

Son and granddaughters far to roam

Call another country home

Aunty Annie, cups of tea

Letters then from you to me

Down to the market bag in hand

Yes you can come and lend a hand

To the ‘Spooks’ on Saturday night

Up Sunday morning shining bright

To the cemetery graves to see

Flowers fresh from you and me

Extended family all around

Some long buried in the ground

Some just names from times gone by

Others memories that make one sigh

Then home again to family tea

Food and laughter will you see

Good dinner set and food galore

Family members coming through the door

Groaning table, lots of tea

Love and laughter for you and me


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      Sheila Kennedy 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you, I have many, a scribbler at heart

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good work. Keep it up.

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      Sheila Kennedy 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Jacqui, my Nan - Jessie Carran, was an awesome woman, and the one stability in my young life. I miss her heaps, she has been passed away for nearly half of my life, yet walks with me every day.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      What a fantastic tribute to your Nan. Very thought provoking and heartfelt. Great job. Voted up and awesome.