Friday, January 30, 2015


 I wrote this poem back in October, '01, while I was hiding out on the North Shore of Superior, trying to deal with brokenheartedness connected to 9/11's life and death. Much of my writing during those days was very serious, very dark. This was one of the only light pieces, and I've enjoyed sharing it with friends and family over these years.  Now I'll share it around and about the world again.  Hope you smile!

“Grandma” -- eyes wide, he asked -- “weren’t you
a-scared, camping ... in the
woods ... in the dark

... alone?”

“Of course not!!” I answered .. and then added,
“well, maybe a little ...
But God was there --
and so were ladybugs.”

“Grandma, were there bears?
BIG, Black or Brown,
and Furry?
Did ya see ‘em?”

“No,” I said, “No bears, no scary stuff at all
[unless you count spiders],
Just squirrels and chipmunks, and, ...
Oh, yes ... I saw ladybugs.”

“They flew into my shirt and my
pants and my hat – and stayed there --
red-orange and black on
my purple and blue and magenta.

And I brushed them away --
Oh, so gently
[one never wants to hurt a

“Did you have fun on your trip? --
Did you miss us and want us with you?”

“Of course!!” I answered,
wondering how a sometimes
Grumpy Gramma
would do with all the munchkins.
“I thought you would like the
water and the rocks,
and the trees -- but mostly,
you’d LOVE

Tell Me a Story



SuperLux said...

The sense of wonder of a child. May we have and never lose it too. :)

Hazel Moon said...

Loved the lady bugs and of course your answers to your sweet grandchildren in the form of prose. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a story.