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Poem: Nana and Papa: A Legacy of Love

Updated on November 22, 2012

The Legacy Grandparents Leave

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Poem: Nana and Popa

Theirs was a thorny kind of love, sparring between two sagacious hearts.

Polar opposites in nature, forever drawn to each other.


But it was the dance they did together

through marital inclement weather

that made their love everlasting

and one that warranted passing.


Nana, the matriarch extraordinaire , Papa, her humble patriarch servant.

Kindred spirits in domesticity, faithful travelers, soldiering family woes.


But it was the dance they did together

through marital inclement weather

that made their love everlasting

and one that warranted passing.


Each child was a unique and beautiful creation, nurtured and blessed in their care.

Nana and Papa awaited each arrival in fortuitous preparation.


But it was the dance they did together

through marital inclement weather

that made their love everlasting

and one that warranted passing.


Each of us has a legacy from them, tools we treasure, tools we pass on.

We fondly recall their love and care, the nuisances, all that was shared.


But it was the dance they did together

through marital inclement weather

that made their love everlasting

and one that warranted passing.


When Nana passed, Papa ceased to be, he willed himself away day by day.

The fuselage deteriorated his inner soul, his purpose diminished, could not be consoled.


But it was the dance they did together

through marital inclement weather

that made their love everlasting

and one that warranted passing.


Together they rest side by side, the best of lovers, the best of friends

Under a sweet Mamosa tree, forever looking down over you and me……………………..


Copyright@Robin Grosswirth 2012

I will forever miss you, my beautiful grandparents. I always felt loved by you. Thank you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Robin, this is a beautiful tribute to the kind of love that is real and lasting. It isn't always perfect bliss but no less true or deep. Your grandparents had somthing special and you have shared it beautifully.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Tears!

    My grandparents passed on by the time I was fifteen; special people they were and special people they will always remain.

    Thank you Robin, for a touch of beauty and class this Thanksgiving Day.

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    lrc7815 They were married about 73 years when my grandmother passed. They were devoted to each other and they were devoted grandparents. A day doesn't pass without thinking about them and how they added to my life and nurtured me. Thanks for taking the time to read this poem in particular. And thank you for honoring them with your beautiful commentaries.

    billybuc Thank you dear friend for always taking the time to read my work. And, the lovely accolades have touched my heart. I would give anything to have them in my life. I especially miss them during the holiday season no matter how many years have passed. I had them well into my adult years and I was lucky. When I came to visit throughout my life, even later on with my own family, they would prepare for my arrival as if I were a diplomat. All my favorite foods would be stocked in cabinets and in the refrig, foods I loved were simmering on the stove, the beds would have hotel quality pressed sheets, plans were made for a meaningful and fun visit, but most of all, we were always greeted with smiles, hugs and the knowledge that we were a gift to their lives. I hope to be that for my grandchildren one day.

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    It is so nice to remember our grandparents and they do have such a wonderful influence upon our own self image and lives, as a whole. My grandfather was a minister of the gospel for more than fifty years and a wonderful human being that I so loved and modeled after My grandmother was special to me and always listened to my troubles. They were, indeed, the reason for giving the title of "Grand" to these fine family members. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of from whom we got our best traits, and influenced so much in our lives.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    whonunuwho Thank you so much for coming by to read from my hubs, particularly this nostalgic one about my grandparents. At holiday time, I am acutely aware of their absence. I miss them and the love they provided. I am glad you were lucky too and had great people in your life. Happy Holidays.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Gorgeous story. Especially as my late wife and I danced through our problems. My final resting place waits next to her. before I came to America, I thought my grandmother was my mother. Thank you.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Very touching. I never knew my grandparents well, but my own parents role modeled this for my child. What a beautiful poem.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Mhatter99 We all have a dance we do with our significant others. Theirs just had staying power. Although they had spats, that was just part of their thorny love. It worked for them and for the most part, they enjoyed doing things together. It was apparent to me at least. Thanks for the read and lovely commentary. Since I was a naughty kid, I spend a considerable amount of time by them and felt they were like parents to me.

    teaches12345 Good that your kids reap this beautiful relationship. Thanks for the read and compliment.

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you, Robin, for sharing your exquisitely touching tribute to your devoted grandparents. As I look at the photograph, I am struck by their beauty; when I read your words I see so much more.

    I think about my mom, who lost dad suddenly 11 years ago after 51 years of marriage. Like any two individuals, their differences sometimes were a struggle, but at the heart of the matter was deep, devoted love. When my beloved father died, my mother lost her will. Her heart was broken and she now feels profound loneliness. Last summer she had to endure open heart bypass surgery, which left her physically stronger but suffering some dementia. I help her with doctor appts, and all errands now. She is able to remain independent, living in the home she and dad shared, but she no longer enjoys life like she did with dad. Your piece is beautiful, emotive and very relatable to the relationship my mother and father shared. Thank you

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and beautiful. A fantastic tribute to your grandparents. The only grandparent I got to know well was my mother's mom however after she passed on a wonderful woman told me to make her my adopted grandma and she was a great grandma 'cause she had not kids of her own. Passing this on. Love old time photos.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    I believe you've put into words what marriage is truly about, doing a dance together, through inclement weather. I loved this, and blessings to your grandparents, who did this lovely dance together. A lovely, lovely tribute, which I definitely share!

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    Vincent Moore 4 years ago

    A wonderful tribute to your grandparents indeed. To love with the intensity that they did, to leave that legacy to their grandchildren is a blessing. The fond memories you hold in your heart of their love for you and you for them will never tarnish.

    In heaven they walk hand in hand, turn and smile upon you my friend. You are remembered fondly as their beautiful, creative adoring grandchild. I pray you and yours are truly blessed with continual memories of them particulary at this time of year and season. My best wishes to you sweet poet and I send you many blessings from my heart to yours.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    @Amy Becherer Thanks for the read and glad it was relatable to you. Thanks for relaying the story and for your accolades.

    @Gypsy Rose Lee Thanks for the read. Also, glad you had a matriarch, though adopted nevertheless in your life.Thanks for the accolades.

    @midget38 Thanks for the read. It is important to stick things out during the bad times, and they did so in a very supportive way. They believed that marriage was an important commitment and it was to death due us part. And, they never did inexcusable harm to each other. They are probably turning in their graves from some of the things going on today. Thanks for the accolades.

    @Vincent Moore They had spats but knew how to resolve them. They were just part of the landscape of their relationship. They didn't hold grudges with each other. And, I believe they are happily together in the hereinafter as we speak. Thank you for your wishes. Many thanks for the read and accolades.

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