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Grandmother’s Song

In the summer of 1997 I worked for a short time in a bookstore.  A woman approached me one day, looking for a book written for children that could help them understand losing a relative.  Her son’s grandmother, she explained, had recently passed away.  We didn’t find many titles.  Since then I’ve seen quite a few more, but in 2000 when this poem sprouted onto my page, I think I was writing it for that customer and her son.  It has languished in a closet in the years since, and I decided to dust it off and share it now, with you.

My little ones
I’m moving on,
but before I go
I’ll leave a song
to help explain
where I’ve gone
and give you courage
to be strong.

I found a secret
long, long ago.
A secret quite grand
to help understand
where our dear loved ones
go
when they’ve passed on
to invisible lawns,
there to spend days
of laughter and play
and send us their love
in a special way.

Have you guessed
at the secret?
If your answer is, “no,”
then Plant Something.
Build Something.
Make something grow.

If your sadness remains
and your face has grown longer,
Plant Something
Build Something
Make Something
stronger.

If that didn’t work
and you still just can’t figure,
Plant Something
Build Something
Make Something
BIGGER.

Plant Something
Build Something
Make Something
Grander!

Plant Something
Build Something
Make Something
Better.

If, after that,
your heart is still sore,
Plant Something
Build Something
Make Something
more.

If still you don’t see,
the secret I’ll share.
Find a spot in your heart
and plant me in there.
Build me a home
full of love and friends dear
deep in your heart
so I can be near.

Make me a seat
from where I can view
all of the wonderful
things that you do
as you grow up
and try out things new.
Know that I’m close
and so proud of you.

Now do you see
what I’m trying to say?
Though you can’t see me
I’m not far away.
So fill up your life
with kindness and care
and look in your heart.

You’ll find me in there.

Written by W. C. McClure www.wcmcclure.com.  This poem may be shared (and please do); just please be sure to share it in its entirety, unaltered (and including this fine print), with credit given to W. C. McClure.  Comments are welcome at www.farsideofdreams.com. Oh, and if you want to show your support, tell your friends – and pick up a copy of “The Statues of Azminan” by W. C. McClure.  Thanks!