great grandmother

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(Awarded 1st Place) Great Grandmother by SFC Lance Widner – Division 1 (Active Duty Military) CC BY 2.0

leathery skin, wrinkled features

years in the sun

plantin’, weedin’, pickin’

making a living out of

the hard unyielding earth

like raisin’ the weedy

children

growing out of shoes

and obedience

wild childs hell-bent

on trouble and deceit

daughter stayed clean

stayed home til

marriage had to come

before the baby

son who was redeemed

sought salvation in

the hardscrabble work

of the farm

watched their kidlin’s

grow like weeds in

July sun

mean streak, family traits

drove some to foreign places

drove others to drink and drugs

turnin’ backs on farm

city lights and university

first to go; first to graduate

tiny one

on lap

which way will he go?

down the road to pain and pressure and pleasure

down the road to success

settle into the known contours

the familiar pattern

felt deep down to the bone

of plantin’, weedin’, pickin’

of continuation

of staying home

written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #92

There is a photograph of my paternal great-grandmother, my grandmother, and me taken when I was around 3 or 4. So, my great-grandmother did get to see her first great-grandchild. She was 96 when she died; my grandmother was 99. Don’t know what that says about my longevity. Had maternal relatives in their 90s as well.

© tale weaver/ing (phylor)

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8 thoughts on “great grandmother

  1. clothespeggedpat December 29, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    thanks so much for a wonderful and tremendous response to the photo challenge Phylor :)

    your ideas are so well thought out here – filling in all possibilities and yet – leaving just enough to the imagination – and it is a telling and moving response to the image :)

    I particularly like the droppin’ of the “g” – makes for great cause and effect!

    And as an added note: well – it is quite something when the great-grandparents have some time on the earth with the youngest of generations (at the time) – as for longevity – well, it’s anyone’s guess, even given genetics. And with that in mind – I hope you had wonderful holidays and I wish you an abundance of all great things for 2016.

    Cheers~Pat

    oh … as an aside: where on earth did you find the gorgeous sidebar image with the fascinating Old English word? It’s simply gorgeous – I wouldn’t mind “swiping” it for my desktop and possibly my blog (one of them ;) ) … providing it is okay; and if not – that’s fine too – but it is so mystical and full of possibilities …. has captured my mind and spirit :)

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      • tale weaver/ing December 30, 2015 / 11:01 pm

        https://www.facebook.com/WildWomanSisterhood/photos is the source for the Old English quote and image.
        There are some wonderful photos, etc. I only mined the surface.
        Thank you for your wonderful comment here and on other posts. I wish you all the best of 2016, and look forward to more images from you to respond to.

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      • clothespeggedpat December 31, 2015 / 9:29 pm

        are from …. blank?

        did I miss something or did WP eat it up as a sweet treat? ;)

        and thanks for … well …. trying to offer it up :)

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        • tale weaver/ing December 31, 2015 / 10:52 pm

          “https://www.facebook.com/WildWomanSisterhood/photos is the source for the Old English quote and image.
          There are some wonderful photos, etc. I only mined the surface.
          Thank you for your wonderful comment here and on other posts. I wish you all the best of 2016, and look forward to more images from you to respond to.”
          is what’s missing. Not sure it was sweet — maybe WP just spit it out because it was too bitter? ;-)

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          • clothespeggedpat January 2, 2016 / 11:21 am

            LOL – well thank you for forcing the hands of the WP gremlins and providing me with the link Phylor – greatly appreciated :)

            and yes – wishing you too all the best for 2016 – I may have already done so – but sending more extra good wishes does no one any harm ;)

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