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Granny Smiles



I sit in front of my window
Waiting for Granny to come
She always tells me stories
We always have a lot of fun
The door opens slowly creaking
I see her silhouette in the light
She walks toward me slowly
Her shoulders sag in the twilight
She sits in the chair heavily
I am alarmed, I never say a word
She holds out her arms to me
I giggle and walk quickly to her
She breathes a heavy sigh, kiss my cheek and gives me a smile
I smell her lavender perfume then content,
Close my eyes
She hums to me 'The Old Rugged Cross'
My favorite song in the world
She rocks me slowly in her arms then
Granny starts to cry
I ask her, 'Granny what is wrong?"
She says, "Nothing chile', close your eyes"
Granny is just feeling old,"
"Granny is just feeling tired"
"I was thinking about the old days"
"So many of my friends are gone"
"I am glad I have you with me"
"I am glad I can sing you a song"
"I see you chile', don't ever forget"
"You are the sparkle in my eyes"
"I have seen you learn right from wrong"
"I have seen you grow, mature, get strong"
"I always want you to remember"
"How proud of you I have grown"
"I always want you to remember"
"You have a heart of pure gold"
"Do not let this world kill your Spirit"
"Make a loud noise so everyone can hear it"
"Sing beautiful songs in remembrance of me"
"Do good works to always honor me"
"Remember God will see you through"
"Call on him"
"He will always guide and protect you"
She pats my cheek, tucks me in the sheets and
Sings one last lullaby
I watch her walk away then and
Close my eyes with a sleepy sigh
I faintly heard Granny say, "Good-bye"
I wake up in the morning
Granny usually cooks for me
I wait patiently for her to appear then
I hear my Mama scream
I jump up and run to Granny's room as
Tears start to sting my eyes
I know right away just looking at her,
Granny has said her final good-byes
Her eyes closed, a smile on her face peacefully,
Granny died
I go to her, kiss her cheek then
I promise to always make her proud
I recount that night, remember the sight
Granny walking out the door
A light was shining from her, a bright white light
I now realize, Granny was heading to Heaven's door
Over the years I still remember her and
My heart still cries for more
She taught me about justice and being fair
She taught me to pray to make it one more day
She taught me about love, from family and above
She gave me her strength to
Carry a heavy load
She told me I was a rare precious pearl
Granny told me I was worth more than gold
She loved me to the end, unconditional a
Godsend
Her love was always true
I'm sure Granny knew
That night would be our last
She was preparing me, her final task
She left this world with a lot of class
I said good-bye to Granny finally,
At last
I have grown older and wiser since then
I have my own children now
When problems arise, I sit back and smile
Granny always said, "Call on the Lord"
"He will show you how"
"My God can handle whatever anyone throws down!"
Granny was funny that way
She always had a way of making me smile
I talk to God and Granny, sometimes
I just sit and contemplate the now
I have a wonderful life because
God and Granny both,
Gave me their smiles!

@22 February 2010

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