Poppa's Poem

Come, walk softly with me
‘Nosims’, sons of my son,
As we make the first steps
In Life’s long winding journey.

Hear the sadness in my talk
See the years in my eyes.
Windows clouded yet clear
Recall the memories long forgot.

I feel the youth in your hands
I clasp, I fear this time
Wishing the clock to stop and
The hourglass to slow it’s sands.

I see such joy in your eyes
Visions of what is to be.
I look back at what it was to me.
Time deceives us with so many lies.

Ahead you see the sun rising
I glimpse behind see the sun setting.
You say a moment is nothing
I hold it dearly to heart like a friend.

Now you leave my hand
Bond broken, you run forward.
Life’s pleasures beckon, mysteries end
As the path left bears you no mind.

Afar, dimly in my twilight
I see hand in hand a child
Holding onto you – you a man,
His aching tears you now wipe.

Footprints in the sand askew
One wakeful morn you look behind too,
The trail travelled once faded now shines,
You remember those past who loved you.

Memories; an old blanket throw
Of Father’s touch, Mother’s kiss,
Grandma’s cookies, Poppa’s smile.
All soft, mellow like the Sandman’s pillow

You muse on past and the portent
How things present came to be.
Mind to mirror then to your child
You know the Mystery in a moment.

Life comes around full circle.
Subtle, silent, a baby’s breath.
Storm gone, yesterday’s seeds sown
Today makes tomorrow eternal.

…..by “Poppa” – A.J.Isbister – full copyright

“Nosims” means Grandchildren

Poppa's Poem

Arnold Isbister

Saskatoon, Canada

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I thought this up after my grandsons left for their new home. We all lived in the same city but with their parents looking for better jobs and a better life I knew this was to come. It was hard parting but then I realized we all go through this in one manner or another. I remember the same scene when I left my old home.
It is part of Life….but it is still sad.

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