but her heart was soft as melting butter
and her smile was free for the taking.
in her youth, her skin was as porcelain,
ruby lips and eyes of sparkling granite.
but age brought with it the raisin
and eyes-the faded loss of hope.
Family held her heart and kept it beating
but her old mind told her she was useless.
The years mocked her and she found illness-
illness that was never there.
A stranger, though , she never met.
Her tongue-it would ignore no one.
If you would sit for hours-
for hours she would talk.
Through a stranger's eyes
she portrayed a laughing, charming jewel.
But what those close came to know
revealed a sadness she couldn't beat.
Her peace for life has since been found
When several months ago
we placed her in the ground.
Laughter, joys, and tears filled her days
but thoughts would not release the fear.
A heart of gold, a deep love for her family...
If only her mind would have let her be.
** this post is in memory of my beloved gram, even though she was a hypochondriac and complained of being unloved and unwanted (she just couldn't seem to get enough attention)...she didn't let if keep her from showing us (her family) that she loved us. we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that we were the most important people in her life. This was written for One Shot Wednesday. Take a peek at the link to read some great poets.