A Poem

(First, thank you for all your kind comments and wishes – if I were here more, I would say thank you individually, but for now – a big collective thank you and a hug!)


Grandmothers, please come

back.  I need you

now that you are vanished.

Please bring fried chicken and pickles,

mashed potatoes with gravy, gumbo

and rice, a shrimp po-boy

from that little dive in Slidell.

Is it too much to ask?

I have questions for you,

now that your answers are buried.

How to create a new child while raising

one already, how to remember

the first home while building another,

how to piece this quilt,

how to go on giving.

If you cannot come yourself,

send a messenger – I will know her

by her stubborn will, by the bowl

of oyster soup in her hand.

(c) Adrie Lester 2011

5 Responses to “A Poem”

  1. 1
    Holly Malinowski

    Adrie,From somewhere gram will hear you,she will give you the strength to do it all.Even when you think you can’t hold on,she will give you a hug from the “wherever!!!!”!!!!Remember the craziness makes life amazing,it would be boring any other way!!!!Sending you strength for doing it all,sending a HUGE HUG too!!!!!!!Hang in there!!!!Your an amazing lady!!!!!Love,Hol

  2. 2

    Your eldest will help you ( with learning to share yourself between them). I miss my grandma too, when we lost our teeny tiny one- we buried her at my grandmas grave. Even when things were hard, grandma would know how to get us celebrating something small- so I know she’s with me everyday as I do the same.

  3. 3

    Oyster soup I have never even tasted. But I have tasted your wisdom and strong spirit, and know that by living these questions, you are embodying the answers.

  4. 4
    Kimberlie Ott

    Oh my gosh , this touched the very soul of me……………..sent chills up my spine really…………so often have I wished this, to have conversations with my Irish grandma , that pertained not to the childhood I shared with her, but the wife, new mom, incompetant cook :) Thanks for wording my heart’s wish so beautifully, I cried!

  5. 5

    Thank you so much!

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