Staying with Grandma and Grandpa ( to be a picture book with poetry)
Grandma has eyes with drooping lids,
but she can see any naughty kids.
Her hair is fading with the sun,
all tied up in a plaited bun.
She likes to garden as we play,
kneeling beside a fuchsia spray.
The garden is our great delight,
where blue tongue lizards hide in fright.
Grandpa’s chin is a prickly one,
we walk each day so he’s not glum.
His glasses fog when rain pours down,
he doesn’t mind a shiny crown.
When we stay at our grandparent’s place,
Grandpa takes us to a playground space.
We walk and talk till Millie the dog,
barks for her tea, then home we jog.
Playing ‘Hats’ is a game we like,
if Grandma loses she hates her plight.
Grandpa teaches us many odd words
learning new things we’re undeterred.
We like hitting the tennis ball,
though Millie tries to stop it fall.
She chases it and does not tire,
we just give up and we retire.
Hide and seek is another game,
creepings up is a bit more tame.
Finding Grandma beneath the stair,
we always know she hides in there.
Grandma cooks our favourite food,
off to bed in such a good mood.
Showered, cleaned and stories read,
ready for sleep, tucked up in bed.
Possums fighting and crickets shriek,
Millie barks ‘till she falls asleep.
Imagine oceans, oh so breezy,
drifting off is easy peasy.
Next morning we discuss our dreams,
nightmares sometimes have made us scream.
In the morning they’re not so bad,
our Grandparents’ dreams are never sad.
‘Remember to control your dreams,
face your demon, he’ll stop midstream.
Your dreams become a place for friends
you’re in charge and your thoughts transcend.’
Grandma and Grandpa both agree,
their advice is for you and me.
Remember good things as you play,
and give thanks for them every day.
Thanks for your encouraging comment Zachary!
Great Barbara, loved it! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I love this, Barbara! It has so much joy in it!
Thank you Dixie, such boys make one joyous!!
Thanks Elaine! 🙂
I really like the lyrical tone to this and the ending is a perfect reminder for all of us at every age 🙂
What an absolutely brilliant piece! I could see everything so perfectly, great work 🙂
Thank you so much, it is heart warming to read your response. 🙂
I love this super review. No wonder you’re so good at writing for kids, Ba: you’re already an expert. This poem is simply delightful: write more of ’em !
Thanks M-R, An expert not, but learning yes!
Good stuff! I’m constantly horrified by the number of children’s books in so-called verse where the scansion is an insult to the name, but yours is spot on. And the images are perfect.
Thanks Helen, I’m not confident in this area, but enjoy doing it none the less!
Thanks, it is verse, I called it poetry…. Verse is what it is!
Verse, poetry, who cares? It’s good!
Thank you Helen, coming from you, that is praise indeed! 🙂
I could see every picture. 🙂
Thank you Christine, that is very encouraging!!
It’s lovely, i will share this with my grandamom..
Thank you Mohit Tiwari, I love the way you call her Gradamom, what a special name!
Actually it was a spelling mistake, i prefer Hindi word meant for grandmom..
What is the Hindi word for Grandmom?