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Michael Escoubas


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He’s getting into everything

and just a little in the way. 

 

He can't seem to process

that the cat doesn't like

heavy objects heaved at her. 

 

He can't seem to process

that the dolls on the chair

are 100 years old and not

to be handled by their hair.

 

He can't seem to process

that my teeth won't lift

out of my mouth tug as he might. 

 

He can't seem to process

that the computer keys

don't like his plastic hammer. 

 

What then can he process?

That this one man

can show this one boy

in this particular moment

his grandpa loves him

and asks nothing more

of life than to hold

this chip of star, this wisp

of light, close to his heart.

 

© by Michael Escoubas.
Used with the author's permission.

 


Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. He writes poetry because, early in life, his mother encouraged him. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. He is the author of six collections; the most recent is Ripples Into the Light, a collection partnered with photographs by Vandana Bajikar and designed to “rest the soul and calm the spirit.” Michael is Senior Editor and Book Reviewer at Quill and Parchment, an online poetry journal. He lives in Illinois.

              


Post New Comment:
Jo:
Very poignant poem. Such love, Grandpa, for your little one. Happy Father's Day.
Posted 06/17/2016 03:36 PM
KevinArnold:
good use of repetition; nice craft.
Posted 06/17/2016 01:05 PM
annie_jenkin:
grandpa's are as special as their grandsons, a joy to read
Posted 06/17/2016 09:49 AM
rhonasheridan:
There are such joys in being a grand-parent
Posted 06/17/2016 09:01 AM
paradea:
I know the feeling! This is beautiful!!
Posted 06/17/2016 07:41 AM
nancy scott:
How lucky you are to have each other.
Posted 06/17/2016 07:27 AM
blueskies:
Sweet & tender & so loving. Thanks, Michael.
Posted 06/17/2016 07:24 AM
bettiebill:
Nicely done, Mike
Posted 06/17/2016 06:46 AM
Brad:
Very touching poem.
Posted 06/17/2016 06:19 AM
Katrina:
Sounds like a star Grandpa!
Posted 06/17/2016 05:58 AM


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