To a Grand-Daughter (A poem by Leila May Oxnam, my maternal grandmother and creative kindred spirit)

What do I wish as I watch you grow,
What do I wish for you, little one?
I wish you health and happy days,
Someone to love – and a place in the sun.

A garden to tend, and a house filled with light,
A man of your own with whom to share,
A child to love – and a friend sincere,
A world of joy – and someone to care.

But there must be sad days,
For then you’ll grow,
In understanding of others
When their sorrows show.

There is more to growing than just in height,
There is growth in friendship and in forgiving,
There is quietude, hope and inner peace,
Such things which only come from living.

What do I wish thee, my little one,
Just someone to love
And a place in the sun.

To a Grand-Daughter (A poem by Leila May Oxnam, my maternal grandmother and creative kindred spirit)

zendiva

Chatswood, Australia

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This poem was written by my maternal grandmother, Leila May Oxnam, who is no longer with us in body, but in spirit she is a powerful force. I wrote a lot of poetry growing up, inspired by “Nanny”, and spent a lot of time in the sun with her too. She was a beach girl, with salt-water in her veins, she embraced life and was never frightened by change. I still think of her most days.

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