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My grandfather - My best friend [A POEM]

Updated on October 06, 2011

My grandfather - My best friend (a poem)


He was tall, black

Full of grace and handsome

Revered, famous and well-known

Respected, acclaimed and influential

He was my grandfather


I grew up in a rusty Village

A Village densely populated

In an era were civilization was unknown

A time when tradition and culture Played significant roles


A season of equality and fairness

Equity was a tangible gift

Valour, strength and wisdom

Played important roles


Respect, honour were virtues of life

Grandfather epitomizes them all


A rare gem of his time

An astute peace maker

He was my mentor, friend and companion

He was my BEST FRIEND.


┬ęCopyright 2011

ubani alexander thandi

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      Tiffany Renee Whitfield 5 years ago from From: Galva, IL /// Live in: Bogalusa, LA

      very beautiful and a great way to explain your grandfather = ]

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks tiffany, am glad you could spare sometime to read this. Glad it made an interesting read.

      Your hubs too were EXCELLENT especially your autobiography. Thanks so much

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      Tiffany Renee Whitfield 5 years ago from From: Galva, IL /// Live in: Bogalusa, LA

      You're Welcome and Thanks = ] Keep Up the Good Work Uban ^_^

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      LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

      That was beautiful!!! Your Grandfather must have been very proud of you.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Tiffany, the pleasure is mine. I am thrilled having you in my writing world. So much grateful. Be blesseD

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Ladyfae, thanks for your kind comment.

      I loved my grandfather so much that when he passed away, i felt a big emptiness cos we were so close. He had a good life and was full of wisdom. Honesty was his second name. He led his people so well that under his rule peace reigned supreme. He was and is my mentor. I ve fond memories of the day before he died, he called me into the parlor and asked me to open my hands. As he took my hands, opened my palms and spat on it showering me with blessings out of his mouth. I was shocked yet appeased by the fact that he singled me out for that honor. Right till this day, that memory has lingered. He is my HERO.

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      LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

      He blessed you. So I was right. He was indeed very proud of you and he chose you to be his successor.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Yes my Ladyfae. My grandfather showed me favor and for that i will never forget him. Those fond memories still dominate my thought. Thanks ladyfae for showing concern. Am so privileged. Thank you

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      Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      What a fantastic tribute to your grandfather! I enjoyed reading this.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks silver for your kind comment. My grandfather really left a legacy which is too big for me to fill. But, i will not stop trying. Thanks silver poet. A great poet like you is a great asset. Thanks

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      sharmanlow 5 years ago

      a very lovely poem indeed! now, i miss my grandfather. :(

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Awwwh! Sharmanlow, don't worry dear. I know your grandDad must ve been a good man and that you loved him and still do love him. I am grateful you came by to appreciate this poem. Have fun

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      A beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your Grandfather.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Sueswan, sorry i took time replying this your sweet and well crafted comment. You ve a kind heart. I hope to be coached by you. Be blessed

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Your grandfather I am sure has one beaming smile for his caring Grandson after reading your tribute .Your love for him is obvious and this tribute has touched my heart,

      Take care, God bless and here's to many more hubs to share.

      Eiddwen.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      I can tell you that he was a great man full of guts, humility and always having other people's interest at heart. May you always be blessed

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my dear,

      Just as with my Mom, I can literally FEEL your wonderful Grandfather in your powerful words. You are recreating his legacy. I love the story of him spitting into your palm... the symbolism is unforgettable, like your writing. Believe in yourself and keep going...

      Voted UP & UABI-- have a lovely day, mar.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Mar, that is an awesome, inspirational comment. Great to know we have similarities but quite differently. My grandfather and your mom laid the standard on which we stand to be shaped for a better tomorrow. I owe much gratitude to my grandfather just as you do to your mom. May we follow the right cause they laid for us. You ve proved to be a great comforter today. Be blessed

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      What a gem! You have truly captured something almost tangible here. This poem is easy to connect with and relate to... well done! I shared a strong connection with my Grandmother so I can relate from that experience as well. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Mavhe Quijada 5 years ago from Taguig

      I envy you for having such a best friend. I was born with no grandfathers left. Both already passed away before I was born... I want to know how it feels to being in touch with a grandpa. Great poem! Very touching.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful way to pass on your love for your grandfather. Beautiful poem!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      To Tracy, Mavhe and tlpoague all sweet, adorable, awesome women who have made life wonderful for us all i say bravo for the wonderful comment[s].

      Your passion, thought and experience is a precious gift. May you all experience the peace, love and prosperity from God.Tracy, Mavhe and tlpoague Be blessed

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Voted up and beautiful. How wonderful to have been influenced by such a man as a young boy. To have a mentor like this-the gods smiled down from the heavens. That is how my father was to my nephew until he passed away in 2008. Now I am raising my nephew, but it is not the same. My father was 'Papa' to him and they were like glue-always together.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Denise, everytime i read this poem it floods sweet memories and make my heart rejoice. My grandfather was a man of exceptional, unique and awesome personality. He tutored me. Denise, i am grateful you could identity with me here via your nephews. I know you will pave the right way for your nephews and they will surely never forget you. Your company so far has made a difference today. Am most grateful for your kind comments, time and even experience shared. You will always be favored and blessed by the most high God. Bless you

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hello Ubani,

      What a beautiful man your grandfather was..I have no doubt he taught you well and has passed down many of his wonderful traits to carry on..One day your grandchildren will speak of you in the same way. What an awesome legacy.

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Sunnie,

      i am happy and glad you could say those words. Hopefully, we all will strive to leave a legacy for generations to come. You Sunnie have started that already and i say more power to your elbow. I know and believe that what ever we do well in life, always bring us eternal happiness and also guide others. You re a blessing to my soul

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Ubanichiijoke,

      I liked as you told your grandfather's tale,

      So great was he that adjectives fail,

      Your words had created a sketch of him

      Emotions put color that'll never dim

      Put great hubs like this for us to read

      We are bit hungry, we need more feed.

      Lots of Love

      MAKUSR

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Makusr, i am grateful i was mentored and tutored by such a great man as my grandfather. It really makes sense to say that he left a legacy for others to follow. I pray i do more good and benefit the society. I wish you peace and happiness. Be blessed

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      shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Hello Sir Ubani! So very Touching and Lovely HUB. Your HUB reminded me of my own Grandmother {My Mom's MOM}. She was a very Graceful, Simple, Loving, & Caring Lady. I had been with her when I was 3 months Tot until 3 years. I won't forget her Gentle Touch, Her smell of Unconditional LOVE. I always loved to sleep in her lap. She was my mother at that time. I was so very close to her that her death was a Big Trauma for me. Because I wasn't there at that time when she passed away. I wanted to say so many things to her, wanted to hug her tightly one last time, but it never happened. I will always regret this.

      Thanks so much for sharing your memories.:)

      VOTED UP SO HIGH, AWESOME, INTERESTING.

      With lots of Respect

      From SHANAYA:)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Shanaya, you re a blessing and a bundle of hope to anyone that come across you. I know you loved your grand ma, she loves you too. I hope you write her a beautiful tribute cos she deserves it. Be blessed Shanaya

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      jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

      an eloquent tribute to your grandfather,sensitive and inspiring. i liked this piece very much.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Juju, you have the eyes of a goddes and the words of a healer. A great way of inspiring others. Thanks you re blessed

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      ubanichijioke! what reverence and respect you have written about your beloved Grandfather. He must have been amazing to have instilled the gift of such love. Beautiful use of words and prose...the description of your childhood and village; tradition and culture; and that your grandfather was well respected and a peace maker...boy...you know what? I love that so many countries, cultures, lives are shared here. How else would we ever be able to read of one another's lives? This is fantastic. UP Beautiful, Awesome, and there should be a Revered, too! Thank you!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Lucky cats, your comment has really touched my heart. You state the obvious, i am proud to tell you that my grandfather left a legacy i am struggling to meet up with. For you to express your wonderful self in those sweet words is a great testimonial of what we are benefitting here on hubpages. I am thrilled to be a part of this worldwide community of intellectuals sharing true life experiences. Having come to know you, i can only say 'you re the best' a great good friend

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to a great man , friend and grandfather ,voted up and beautiful and awesome ,great work here!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      I can tell you Jami, his life gave me the impetus to live on. He was a great man of distinction. Thanks for that lovely comment. Bless you

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Beautiful Sir - I certainly took a lot from the time that was well spent with my GrandFathers. They both hit their expiration date long ago, but they sure live on in my mind.

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      aware 5 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      I saw that you left me fan mail. So i smiled and approved . Upon checking your profile. This hub and its title called out to me to be read first. so i did and smiled again , for liked it .

      Finally i checked to see if i had new comments .And found one from you . On a hub i wrote about my grandfather .

      I cant help feel that this coincidence means far more than ill ever know.

      Nice to meet you

      ray

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      To

      shaw

      and

      Ray, i am so glad you two shared the same warm, happy, beneficial and interesting company i enjoyed with my grand father. The experiences i shared with my grandfather has proved unique. The blessings garnered remains priceless. I know you share same feelings and thoughts with me. Bless you all

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      Alexander Props 5 years ago

      I really don't like the poem.

      Don't get all the comments though, really confusing.

      The poem has nothing with art.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks for your comment Props. But i believe you re mistaken.

      Take some minutes and read through the lines again. This is a poem and accordingly, i indulged my emotions and feelings to express my utmost appreciation of a worthy personality.

      That is the work of POETRY and the essence of ART [it must not be in form of sculpture, drawing or painting]

      thanks for your time. Bless you

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      This is so beautiful and touching it gives me a lump in my throat. And your portrait of the man your grandfather was awes me. It's truly a work of grace and of love.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Just as you ve gracefully portrayed in your writing, that essence, strenght, candor, will and might you share, I am privileged to partake of it. You re truly a mentor & like a hero figure many people look up to. I am among that your many fans. Bless you

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      You do me great honor. Thank you. Now I must try to merit it!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Always my pleasure to be associated with you cos you ve earned it. Am glad to be your follower. Bless you

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful tribute to your Grandfather, a great man.

      He must have been so proud of you.

      Your words are very moving and I thank you for sharing them.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks MM, I am glad to say that my grandfather impacted positively on me before his death. In my books, he is a man worthy of emulation. Lots of hugs and kisses from me to you. Be blessed

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      september girl 5 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to your grandfather! Voted up and awesome. Love your poem. : )

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks september girl, your kind comment mean a lot to me. You re so blessed

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I can see your grandfather, I can feel your grandfather, I can hear your grandfather. Lucky you, my grandfather died long before I was born.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      With such great memories of my grandfather, i am always at peace. I thank you for your time. I know if you had the privilege of meeting your grandfather, he would have left you a good lasting impression. Peace to you brother. Bless you

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I connected to this poem thinking of my grandfather. He was a giant in my eyes. Thank you for sharing and bringing both dear and fond memories of your grandfather, which caused mine to flourish too.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Sir, the pleasure is mine. I am happy you are benefitted. Just like my grandfather, yours was a shining example for all. I am grateful for your kind comment. Peace be unto you

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      ladyjojo 5 years ago

      Very nice poem for your grandpa. My grandad die last year june :(

      Grandparents are wonderful.

      Keep up the good works ;)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Abigail, thanks for your sweet words. My grandfather was a great,good and wonderful man i grew up under. He taught me almost all i doing now. His influence in my life was profound and beneficial.

      Sorry for the loss of your grand dad. I know he must ve impacted positively on you before he died. I wish you all the best life has to offer. Bless you

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem. I enjoyed reading it very much. We need more gracious men like your grandfather in this world today. Voted up and beautiful and awesome.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      I thank you my dear Susie, for all your kind and sweet comment(s). I consider myself lucky and privileged to be your friend. May peace, love, kindness and joy abound in your life. Be blessed.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How wonderful - for you and your grandfather. A joy to read. Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This is a very beautiful tribute to your grandfather. You've expressed so much about him in your poem that it's easy to visualize him with you. You are lucky to have such a role model and mentor - he was lucky to have a grandson who appreciated him so much. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      A great thanks to my sweet and lovely ladies.

      Dear tillsontitan, your words motivate and inspire me all the more. Am blessed having your wonderful company. Peace and love shall follow you always.

      To my lovely and graceful Stephanie, you words thrill me and make me feel special. Ma, you re a gem. I am so glad to be your friend. Be forever blessed

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      What a wonderful tribute to your beloved grandfather and to the era of your youth. It seems the values he modeled for you are the way you still try to live your own life which is a rare and beautiful thing. You are a wonderful, inspirational presence on Hub Pages and I'm so glad I'm now one of your followers.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Am flattered by those sweet words. Am elated and say may the mouth which it come from forever be blessed. My dear nurse, you are a wonderful person. Absolutely, loving. Be blessed

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Am flattered by those sweet words. Am elated and say may the mouth which it come from forever be blessed. My dear nurse, you are a wonderful person. Absolutely, loving. Be blessed

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      Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

      Very nice tribute to your granfather. I very much appreciate the feeling you put into your writing.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks my dear hubertsvoice for the wonderful message. I am grateful. May you be blessed

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      steelerfutball57 5 years ago

      Superb work, my friend. Eloquent as always :)

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      steelerfutball57 5 years ago

      For your info, my friend, I am taking down my current profile and replacing it with one under Thomas Ryder, the pen name I had intended on using. If you would rejoined me under the new name (and re-approve my two meager articles :) I'd be honored. I'll contact you shortly. Be well....

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks my dear Sir Thomas, am glad you left me such a delightful message. Am so happy. To your profile i come. I will definitely learn from you by reading those informative and useful hub of yours. Be blessed, Sire.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey ubani that was a great poem and a great tribute to your grandfather!! he is a blessed soul to have you as a grandson!!

      carrie

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks Carrie, i am glad for the kind comment. I am also grateful to ve learnt from him. Be blessed

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Im not going to read through all the other comments so I may be repeating here but oh, well. I LOVED reading this astounding tribute to your grandfather. I could feel the love and admiration from your words.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks to my beautiful and lovely Ardie. Am so grateful for that kind comment. I wish you all the best.

      Lots of love

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Votes up my friend. A very great poem and tribute Ubanichijoke. Well done. What a heart felt poem pal. Love is spread in every word.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      A very big thanks to my dear lyricwriter for the cheering and motivating comment. I am most blessed. Peace to you

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      A Beautiful Tribute.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks to you my dear Lady_E. Be blessed

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      manlypoetryman 5 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Your Grandfather...Your Best Friend. Even the title evokes the mentoring relationship bond you shared with him. He sounds like an incredible person: "Respect, honour were virtues of life; Grandfather epitomizes them all" These are powerful traits he has passed down to you...Now shared with everyone here.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful tribute bless you both :) Frank

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      A big thanks to

      Manlypoetry & Frank

      for the uplifting comment.

      Both of you rOCK!

      Thanks

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      terrific, ubani, and a lovely tribute. Shared...

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful!!! A wonderful tribute to your grandfather.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      PDX, you re awesome.

      susan, you re adorable.

      Lovely words from you two. Am indeed delighted. Be you two blessed

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      kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

      This is so beautiful! I LOVED it!

      Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

      Bless

      Kimberly

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      @kimber, thanks for that encouraging comment. I so much appreciate. Be blessed

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A great tribute for your grandfather. Clearly you loved him dearly and he was a strong and good man.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 4 years ago from Lagos

      Dear phdast7, you can say that again. He was indeed my best friend.

      He made me and showed me like my mother what life is like.

      He was a great man!

      Thanks for gracing my page with your uplifting comment. Be blessed

      Thandi

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