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An Open Door
Carolyn Chilton Casas


My father always loved to see us
standing in his open door.
Come in, tell me about your day,
he’d welcome.  You wouldn’t
have time for a game, would you?

That being his favorite way
to pass the hours, playing cribbage.
Which of course led to conversations
we probably never would have had,
and lots of laughter.  Betting, too,
when he was sure he was right
about some point or another.
He learned with time and dollars lost,
that I could be counted on to win.
His memory was better than mine,
though, and he won a lot of games,
so, he got me there.
The kids, how they loved
that their grampa up the hill
hid candy bars and cold Cokes
in the back of his refrigerator, secret
pleasures not allowed at home.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author’s permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she enjoys writing about ways to heal. Carolyn's articles and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .

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Heartwarming, lovely poem
Posted 06/17/2022 08:36 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed. Great ending.
Posted 06/17/2022 05:40 PM
pleasures not allowed at home. resonates beyond the poem.
Posted 06/17/2022 01:16 PM
Whenever my great-grandchildren visit, I give them whatever innocent thing they want that they don't get at home!!! Love this poem. I had a grandfather like that!!
Posted 06/17/2022 09:18 AM
Wonderful portrait of that "ideal" Grandpa, Carolyn. Nicely done.
Posted 06/17/2022 08:43 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Loved the portrait of the father always willing to allow his kids to visit, playing games with them and listening to their day and giving treats to the grandkids.
Posted 06/17/2022 06:48 AM

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