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A Grandmother's Endless Love: A Narrative Poem

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This beautiful girl was born to a drug addicted Mother. She tested positive for Cocaine at birth,

The state took her away from her Mother, and gave her to her Grandmother to care for,

Her Grandmother was no youngster, and had already raised her four to adulthood,

But no foster home would care for this baby; not while this Grandmother had breath.


The Grandmother blamed the drug used by her Mother for the ear problems this baby had,

Nights were spent walking the floor with the baby in pain, and sleeplessness,

Grandma would hold her tight, rock her and sing her back to sleep,

After 4 surgeries on her ears, she still suffered hearing loss.


The Mother spent a year in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell,

And in this time this baby and the Grandmother bonded just like a Mother and baby would,

At the end of the year, her Mother came and rightfully took her from Grandma,

The Grandmother’s old frail heart was ripped out, but she had to watch the toddler go.


Grandma sat helpless on the sidelines and watched this baby being raised,

By a Mother who only cared about where her next “fix” would come,

Her heart would break when she went to their house, and see how this baby lived,

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Among the trash, the dirty dishes, the roaches, and the mice.


When Grandma was allowed to take the little girl for a short visit,

They played together, made cookies together, and worked among the flowers they both loved,

Grandma listened to the child’s crying when it was time for the two of them to part,

Grandma would cry too, when she had to leave her, but there was nothing that could be done.


The Grandmother begged the child’s Mother to legally give her the little girl to raise as her own,

But the Mother would have lost the money she was getting from welfare, and so she would refuse,

Finally, when the girl was six years old, the Mother got tired of pretending to be a Mother,

She signed away all her parental rights, and Grandmother legally adopted the girl.


She was an overachiever in school, from Grade One through Grade 12,

She made Grandma proud by always getting good grades in every subject,

She learned sign language because she was legally deaf,

She took tap dancing, jazz, gymnastics, and loved to sing.


In Middle School she took up cheer leading, and dealt with her hearing loss,

In High School, she excelled in the marching band,

She applied for and won 18 Scholarships for college,

She chose a state university to attend not too far from home.


She worked three jobs while she was in college so she could earn the money,

To buy a used car, and rent an apartment to live in instead of the dorm,

Four years she worked and studied and finally got her degree,

Oh, what a proud and happy day that was for her Grandmother!


Grandmother doesn’t know the direction that God has planned for this girl,

But she knows she certainly deserves the very best that life can offer,

Her Grandmother knows she’ll go far with her positive attitude, her beauty and her brains,

Her prayer is that this girl will take with her into the future, all of Grandma’s love and devotion.

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Comments

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 15, 2015:

Hi, tillsontitan Awww, what a beautiful thing to say! I enjoy being a grandmother so much. I have seven now and am expecting two more! So nice to see you on this beautiful Sunday, Mar

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 15, 2015:

Hi, creativelycc So nice to see you today! Yes, without this girl's grandmother, she was at high risk, I agree. Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 15, 2015:

Hi, pstraubie48 I never knew the love of a grandmother, either. Both of mine died when I was very young. I am a very proud grandmother of seven, and I have two more on the way!!

Thanks for the angels you always send our way, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 15, 2015:

Hi, vocalcoach Yes, being a Grandmother is a joy and a big responsibility at the same time. I'm so happy you loved my poem, and I thank you for sharing it. My best, Mary

Mary Craig from New York on February 14, 2015:

I came back again just to say how proud I am to know this grandmother.

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on February 14, 2015:

This is so beautiful. This grandmother made all of the difference in her granddaughter's life. Without her grandmother she had a high risk of entering the drug scene too. She is a hero.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 14, 2015:

Grandmothers rock for sure. I never knew mine...any of them (I have a glimmer of my maternal grandmother but she died when I was four) so I never knew grandmother love. But I had six aunts and several of them were the grandma I never knew.

How poignant this telling is that you have shared.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 14, 2015:

Being a grandmother is the best! It runs pretty darn close to being a doggies mama. Love this beautiful tribute and will share.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 09, 2015:

Hi, Vellur. Yes, Grandmothers are wonderful! The joys of my life are my 7 Grandchildren! I had a Grandmother who was the just the greatest, too.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 09, 2015:

Hi, rebeccamealey, yes in our society today there are many Grandparents caring for children, and I admire them all.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 09, 2015:

Hi, Shyron E Shenko, I'm happy you had the love and care of a devoted Grandmother, too. There are many Grandmothers caring for children when they are older and should be enjoying retirement.

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 09, 2015: