One of the instigators for me starting up a blog again was the death of my grandmother a few weeks ago. During the drive to and from Ontario with my brother for the funeral, this kept worming its way into my brain. My brother may be the poet in the family, but occasionally I get the itch, too.
Miles Wind By Miles wind by on my journey With a coffin waiting at the end. The grandmother that I knew First as Mrs. Beattie, The nice lady with the sunken living room, The widow who met my widower grandfather And fell in love all over again. Christmases at the condo With tinsel and turtles, And always remembering that I liked Licorice allsorts. Miles wind by on my journey With a coffin waiting at the end. The grandmother that I didn't know, Who graduated in her university's first class Of occupational therapists To work at the Hospital for Sick Children, Who gave it up to become a missionary To her own people, Who had a whole family existing only for me As strangers in pictures on the piano, Who took up painting on china, Delicious fruit, flowers so real you could smell them, And seabirds soaring over A home by the sea. Miles wind by on my journey With a coffin waiting at the end. The grandmother that everyone knew, And who knew everyone in her building, Was still loved by those in her church Long after she was unable to go, Cherished as an aunt, a friend, Touching stories from all those she touched, Not saccharine sentiment from a condolence card. Miles wind by on my journey With a coffin waiting at the end. And I wonder, when I get there and climb in, Who will I have been? And what will I have done? And will anyone remember? And will anyone care? Miles wind by.