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Dreams of Nanna ... A Poem

       The corset-bound decorum of that day would often bind more than a lady’s form.  Courtesy of

The corset-bound decorum of that day would often bind more than a lady’s form. Courtesy of

When I was a youngster, my great grandmother - whom I adored - would tell me stories about her life growing up in New England at the end of the Victorian era. (She lived to be 93.) Nanna instilled in me a love of literature. She was a wonderful storyteller. I would listen, spellbound, as her words swept me into the life and culture of her youth.

Nanna also loved to read poetry, but as a young woman was not allowed to read certain poets. “It wasn’t considered proper, then,” she said, wistfully. She wanted to write verse as well but did not pursue this dream out of duty to family and the propriety of her world.

This is one of two poems that I wrote, recently, in her memory...


Dreams of Nanna

Her mind rests not where pillows lie

For angels mend the dreams that sigh…

‘Neath bonnet silk and flaxen hair

Those gentle eyes may find me there;

The tales she told of younger days

Still move the dream in magic ways;

Though moments past she’d capture well,

The heart’s embrace was in the tell;

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Her muse would grace the writer’s stage

As passions danced upon the page,

Yet muted voice of beauty rare

Convention hushed the spirit fair;

Her poet words unseemly then

In shadows sensed the spirit pen,

Concealed behind such fans of lace

Where secrets blushed to know their place;

This angel’s gift, my runner’s heart

Inspired of love this noble art;

For her, I chase the breathless moon

Where lilacs sing and skylarks bloom…

This fragile light, ‘tis meant for thee

If not for you, I would not be.

© Written and copyrighted by Genna East. All Rights Reserved

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Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 28, 2018:

Hi Nell. Forgive me for being so late in responding. Thanks so much for that nice comment; Nanna would agree with you

about equality. I think she was born before her time; the light she had in her eyes was like no other. :-)

Nell Rose from England on January 20, 2018:

That brought tears to my eyes by the end! Oh so true! How awful that they were not allowed to read or write certain poetry, being stuck in the men's world back then. Thank goodness modern men have the sense to realise that we are all equal brains and intelligence these days! Since women could be equal we have gone in leaps and bounds. But its not about that, its about still feeling and hearing that lovely voice of your Nanna, wonderful!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on July 28, 2014:

Thank you, Rebecca. This poem was dear to my heart for obvious reasons, so I am pleased that you enjoyed it. :-)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 27, 2014:

This is beautiful! I love those last two lines. Your Great Grandma would have loved it!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 30, 2013:

Denise, Phyllis and Susan; thank you! Unfortunately, I won't be writing any more poetry or short stories on the Hub for a while. They have dropped my point score each time I publish, by 2-3 points, like clockwork. When I sent them e-mails inquiring about this, they refuse to respond in a cogent manner. I plan on writing an article about this in the near future. Hugs to you all for your support.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 27, 2013:

Genna, This is absolutely beautiful!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 26, 2013:

So beautiful are your memories of that beloved Nanna or yours. You bring to me the cherished memories of my own Grandma. Thank you for sharing such beauty from your soul, Genna.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 26, 2013:

Genna-this is just beautiful, truly. I love your choice of words and can just imagine the whispers of stories and inspiration. UP/A/B and shared.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 06, 2013:

Thank you, Alexandra, for those lovely thoughts. This was a special tribute to her, and many others who were "bound by the decorum of their day." She was a remarkable woman.

SilverGenes on June 06, 2013:

Genna, this is beautiful! I love your poetry but this message of love and tenderness is exquisite.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 01, 2013:

Thank you Frank. It's good to see you. :-)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 30, 2013:

just revisiting a wonderful poem cuz I see nothing new :) Bless you

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on March 16, 2013:

Thank you! It is always good to see you, KoffeeKlatch. I'm only sorry that work has taken up too much of my time, lately, and that I did not respond to this wonderful comment early. Cheers, my friend. :-)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on March 09, 2013:

What a beautiful poem. Your grandmother would be proud. Up, beautiful and awesome.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 06, 2012:

Hello Coffee...

Thank you. She gave me many things I hope I have passed on in some way. Good to see you, and thank you for those thoughtful words.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on November 30, 2012:

What a lovely tribute to your great grandmother! Your story of the time you had bonded with her is so precious. It is surprising how "time" in so many folds as time turns gracefully old actually affects our dreams, the things we desire to do, the things we desire to have and the things we we ought to learn and pass on to the children.

Beautiful poem!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 20, 2012:

Hi Pooh. What a lovely comment, thank you...I am overwhelmed. I am so pleased you enjoyed my lyrical reminds me so much of her, and who she was. :-)

Poohgranma from On the edge on November 19, 2012:

I can only fumble and stutter in an attempt to find words fit for a comment. This is truly the loveliest poem and knowing how and why it came to be makes it ever so increasingly special. I thank your great grandmother for instilling this love in you and awakening your incredible talent!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 04, 2012:

Hi Eddy, and thank you! She was very inspirational in so many ways - a remarkable woman. Good to see you. :-)

Eiddwen from Wales on October 30, 2012:

So truly beautiful Genna and thank you so muh for sharing.


Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 09, 2012:


Thank you so much! Arb is such a treasure; he writes wonderful poetry as well. I appreciate your lovely and kind words that I know are from the heart. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 09, 2012:


Thank you! :-) Now that you mention Emily, I can quite clearly see her as your muse. She lived in the New England countryside, and although I have not read Emily in some time, I loved her nature poems. She would write about what she would “see,” and also observe, metaphorically; for example, man’s indifference of and estrangement from nature. Actually, I thought about this when I wrote Deer in Summer. Much of my poetry is about nature as well.

My parents loved nature. Dad was a research marine biologist and environmental scientist. Mom was a concert musician who loved the outdoors as well. So I grew up with this influence from a very early age. Dad used to say of nature, “This is my Church.”

You really must write about our mother’s and your parent’s wonderful story, Nell. What wonderful reading this would be! I can tell from the words you’ve written here, this would be a story rich with substance. Good to see you. :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on September 07, 2012:

Beautiful, beautiful write! I looked you up because of Arb--and I am glad I did! Sharing this if you don't mind--

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 07, 2012:

Genna - I so appreciate your lovely reply. I know how busy your schedule is, so it is especially nice that you found time to reply as you have.

I feel a great kinship with you and your Nanna, and what you say confirms it!

You may or may not know that Emily Dickinson is my muse, ever since my poetry was likened to hers, along with my life situation at the time, about 46 years ago. I'd written as I did for the 34 years prior to that, and was amazed at the connection, surprising, considering the disparity of our times and backgrounds.

I've always planned to visit Amherst - one of my bucket list. When I did visit New England about 36 years ago, it was as guests of friends, whose agenda we enjoyed, but it didn't include Amherst. But, no matter. I 'know' the virgin in white as well as anyone can, probably! At one time and for years, I was immersed in reading everything available about and by her.

Your Nanna was more protected than my dear mother, who was the eldest of three girls. That spark of a rebel you mention was Mother's, too!

She was 12 when their mother became a widow, with a farm to maintain and young daughters to rear. Mother was the eldest and became aware of some severe inequality and unfairness in her mother's situation. Her sharp mind was always "on". She met my father when he came to their rural school to teach, though he was only a 10th grader himself; but good students that far along were allowed to go out and teach in rural schools; she was an 8th grader. His mother had also been widowed when he was 12 and he was the eldest of 4 boys. Their backgrounds had similarities, but his background was a strict one, being Mennonite. His family and their group were quite education-conscious, though; and he surely saw the potent brilliance in his pupil, though his own was more analytical. Hers was both-brained, but leaned toward the right.

He encouraged her to pursue her education. After he'd taught 2 years and she'd caught up with him, they both went on to a Mennonite private school in Northern Indiana (his home) to finish pre-college work. Then she went to Chicago and he went to Wisconsin for universities. They married shortly after they graduated in 1917 and set off to build their own way, which took them from one end of the country to the other, eventually to Texas. They both loved education and followed many interests. It was a great privilege to have these two such different, but both so bright and stimulating parents. My three older siblings and I always had exposure to thought and creativity.

There are so many amazing layers and facets to their odyssey, I really must write their story in fuller form, while I can still type! haha. I'm now the last of my natal family living and I have so many family mementos of the years stretching back into the middle 19th century and even before.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 07, 2012:

Thank you, Faith!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 07, 2012:


Your mother was an amazing woman. I would have liked her very much, and I know Nanna would have as well. Fighting for women’s suffrage and a pursing a degree in higher education certainly were considered ‘avante garde.’ How far we have come; but this would not have been the case were it not for the courage and resolve of women like your mother. I sense there is a lot of your mother in you, Nelllieanna.

Nanna was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts in a loving but strict family…strict in terms of what she was allowed to do. She had cornflower-blue eyes that even in her early 90’s, would shine with bright intelligence and the spark of a rebel. I remember she used to say, “I had to ask father’s permission.” She was “allowed” to take courses in religion so that she could each Sunday school. (I can’t imagine growing up that environment; they would have needed to use bridles to keep me in check.) But, ohhh, the stories she would tell, Nell; filled with such poetry and substance. What a writer she would have been.

Thanks for your wonderful comments. It’s good to see you! :-)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Congratulations Genna! You will experience a whole new kind of love that no words can even express. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 07, 2012:

@Faith Reaper

Thank you, Faith. The Victorian era was an amazing one -- in so many ways. Grandchildren are such a blessing. My son married a wonderful young woman two years ago, and they just announced, “We’re pregnant.” This is a very happy year! I love the name, “Nanna,” and will ask my grandchildren to call me by that name. Hugs, dear Faith, and thank you for your lovely comments. :-)

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 06, 2012:

Oh, Genna! I love this poem, its graceful flow, and - most of all - what it means to you. Your love and attachment to your Nanna is so clearly reflected! I'd not be surprised to discover you are very much like her.

My mother was born in 1892, though in the Midwest, - Indiana. She grew up in Illinois and got her degrees from the University of Chicago and the Chicago Art Institute. She was surely less proper than your Nanna, though, of course, many of the proprieties were of the times rather just of the places. Achieving college degrees was quite avante garde for a woman then, though. She was very much into the push for women's suffrage, as well. She was in the transition period from the Victorian era to the first of the women's lib, I suppose you could say.

In college, though, fashions hadn't yet changed. To earn her way, she ironed other girls' ruffled and flounced dresses, and did so with the old flat irons which were heated on wood-burning stoves. She detested ironing the rest of her life! She was an artist, a writer, a teacher, and an amazing woman, too.

I now have a picture of your elegant Nanna. Somehow I think they'd have gotten along! Thank you for sharing your wonderful mentor in such a lovely manner!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 06, 2012:

Such beautiful poetry. My grandmother, on my mother's side, was from that era, the Victorian era, and she was oh so beautiful and dressed so lovely. My grandchildren call me Nanna too, or Nannie. I love it. Thank you for sharing your Nanna with us here. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 02, 2012:

Thank you, Frank. Writing in lyrical rhyme is easier when I am writng about one of my inspirations. She was an extraordinary lady.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 02, 2012:

wow this was very well written I loved it :)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on August 24, 2012:

Thank you, dwachira. I appreciate those kind words.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on August 23, 2012:

Superbly written, obviously with Nanna in your heart. I enjoyed reading, voted up and awesome.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on August 17, 2012:

What a nice thing to say, Colin, thank you. I know your new poem is dedicated to Amy; that is one of the reasons why you are such a treasure in your creativity and support of others. :-) Good to see you.

epigramman on August 17, 2012:

...back to revisit a classic Genna and to say if there is a category of a writer's writer then you surely fit the category of a poet's poet - sublime with the highest level of word craftsmanship - and yes my new poem - Amy' courtyard is actually about and dedicated to our mutual friend Amy B. - sending you warm wishes and good energy at lake erie time ontario canada 1:11am

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 26, 2012:


Thank you...that's one of my favorite lines in the poem. And Nanna did inspire me in so many ways. Thank you for the comments and I'm pleased you enjoyed the poem.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 26, 2012:


Your corset-bound comment was exactly why I wrote the caption; very perceptive, Peggy. :-) She was such a joy and such a remarkable person...I have to give her credit for my words. Thank you for your wonderful and kind words, and for sharing. Hugs.

Daniel Christian from Los Angeles, CA on April 24, 2012:

"Dream of Nanna" what a great poem."This angel’s gift, my runner’s heart Inspired of love this noble art". Great job Genna.Nice hub!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2012:

Hi Genna,

Even the caption under the photo..."The corset-bound decorum of that day would often bind more than a lady’s form." was appropriate to how you described your wonderfun Nanna and her dreams that were kept in check because of the times. Your poem is spectacular in every sense of the word. Your Nanna would be so proud of you! Voted up and beautiful. Sharing this one proudly!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 14, 2012:

Thank you John!!

John43 on April 09, 2012:

Beautiful Genna!!!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on March 04, 2012:

Please forgive me for not responding sooner, but I have been literally overwhelmed with work these past few weeks. I haven’t had two minutes to myself, it seems.

Always good to see you, PDX! :-)

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 15, 2012:

my pleasure, Genna!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 06, 2012:

Thank you, Crys. Rhyme is a favorite with me. i appreciate the visit. Take care.

Emma from Houston TX on February 06, 2012:

This is really good i have to say. I like the poem and the way it rhymes. Thanks for a classy hub. Cheers.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 05, 2012:

Thank you, Dolores...your words touch my heart.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 05, 2012:

Your poem is beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes, especially the last line "if not for you, I would not be." A lovely ode to your grandmother. Voted up and awesome.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 05, 2012:

To hear such comments brings tears to my eyes...she was so loved. Thank you!

samiaali on February 05, 2012:

I have to tell you Genna East that this is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. Your Nanna must be smiling down on you! Absolutely beautiful! I vote this one up! :)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 02, 2012:

I am so sorry it has tken me a while to respond, but work has been really crazy letely -- too many long hours.


Thank you for that sweet and kind -- I hope she does. :-)


You are quite welcome, and many thanks for the visit, and for the thoughtful comments.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 01, 2012:

I really like this, Genna. Thanks for sharing. Vincent

ExoticHippieQueen on January 29, 2012:

Your Nana would have been so proud, Genna..........this is a beautiful tribute to her....

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 23, 2012:

Thank you, Nell. She was amazing in many ways. Cheers and take care.

Nell Rose from England on January 22, 2012:

Hi, Oh wow! Genna! that was beautiful, and such a shame that your grandmother couldn't write her poems so openly like you can, and you did it so well, this was amazing, from the first line fantastic!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 21, 2012:

Thank you! She was such a special, remarkable lady...and she was one of the influences who inspired me to write. Good to see you. :-)

Dianna Mendez on January 20, 2012:

Your grandmother would be proud to see how her influence worked in to inspire your love for writing and reading. It sounds like she was a treasure in your life. Lovely poem.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2012:

Thank you...that is what I was aiming for. I appreciate the visit! :)

2uesday on January 17, 2012:

This is beautiful in the subject but also in the lovely flow and rhythm in the poem. Very nice to read.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 16, 2012:

@Shimmering Dawn

Thank you! I am pleaesd you enjoyed the poem.

@Alastar Packer

Good to see you here...I appreciate the visit and the wonderful comments. She told me wonderful stories of how people lived, what they thought about, their fears and their joys. She was marvel, more ways than one. Thank you!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 16, 2012:

Loved this poem Genna. Simply superb it is. You've brought Nanna's spirit alive here. Oh the things she must have told you of those far away times and the gift she imparted to you. A very special lady and friend indeed.

Dawn on January 16, 2012:

A great tribute! Beautifully written!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 15, 2012:


Yes, I was very fortunate. The women on my mother's side of the family live to be in their late 80's and early 90's. There was no one like Nanna...she was one of a kind, and I mean that in the best way. Thanks for the visit, and the thoughtful comments. :-)


What a wonderful thing to say; that is perhaps the nicest compliment I could receive. Thank you for visiting, and for such kind and supportive words. Hugs.


Hi Riz! What a nice surprise. :-) Thanks for the visit, and for the kind words. Good to see you...take care of you! :-)

CHRiso on January 15, 2012:

Well Genna, Epgraman was right - you are a classy lady and a classy poet. You did not correct anyone by telling them that Nanna was your great-grandmother - not grandmother. This poem is so beautiful! I am so pleased you are still writing.

Annette Donaldson from Northern Ireland on January 15, 2012:

Genna, your Nanna not only inspired you with her storytelling, she also left you a special gift. The gift of a beautiful and thoughtful writer. How precious is that? Enjoy your gift hunnie. The words I read above are truly inspiring, and full of love for a precious lady. x

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2012:

Genna, I can just imagine your grandmother smiling and happy you can write poetry so beautifully! You are fortunate to have known your great grandmother! What a grand priviledge!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2012:

@Movie Master

Many thanks for the truly thoughtful comment.

Enjoy the day. :-)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 14, 2012:

This is so beautiful Genna, nanna would be so very proud of you.

Voted up.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2012:


Thank you! I am grateful for the read, for the comments, and the votes. Have a great day! Hugs.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on January 14, 2012:

Hi Genna, this very beautifully written poem is a awesome tribute to your grandmother. I have enjoyed reading it !

Awesome and vote up !!!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 13, 2012:


Hey old friend. You are always the gentleman, Dana. :-)

I have to laugh: ”Roos is Roos.” Yes, I do remember, and I still quote him sometimes. (How lucky we were!) As always, thank you for your candid and supportive comments. Hugs and my best to Molly.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 13, 2012:


Hello and it is good to see you here. Thank you...I hope I did. :-) Your delightful comments are so appreciated.

@Leni Sands

Thanks, Leni. I hope she would have been pleased.

Thank you, Leni.

DanWW on January 13, 2012:

Dear Lady;

I have to agree with Saddlerider1, Maya, Sunnie Day, Diogenes and others. You have the soul of a true poet – old world and new. I like the way you broke with convention and combined the old with the new. Thus, I have to respectfully disagree with Marie Gail - I think changing it to ‘proper Victorian English’ would have hurt the poem and sounds a little pretentious. (Remember, “Roos is roos”?)

This is beautifully stunning. Once again, I tip my hat to you, dear Genna.

Leni Sands from UK on January 13, 2012:

Beautifully, awesome poem, truly captivating and a fine tribute to you Nanna.

b. Malin on January 12, 2012:

"If not for you, I would not be" ... Oh Genna, what Beautiful, Poignant Words. You've certainly captured your Nanna, in this "gifted" Poetry, Hub.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 12, 2012:


Hi Mike;

That is so nice to hear; I hope she is proud. There was no one else like her. Thank you! :-)

@Always Exploring

Hi Ruby!

Your words make me feel so thankful; I wanted to write something about her, and the gifts she gave just by being who she was. Hugs.

@Marie Gail

Hello and thank you for your thoughtful comments and suggestions. I appreciate it. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 12, 2012:

@Amy Becherer

Hello, my friend, and thank you! I sincerely hope she is, and what a sweet thing to say. Hugs.

@Will Starr

Hi Will.

Maine is one of my favorite states; it is gorgeous up there. I’m sure your grandmother was a treasure. The zither is one of the most difficult stringed instruments to play; and how sweet of you to keep it after so many years. :-)


So good to see you Collin; and thank you for nice thoughts. Nanna would be pleased. Hugs.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 12, 2012:


My heartfelt thanks for your lovely comments. Such a remarkable lady she was. :-)


What a wonderful thing to say; I’m sure Nanna would have appreciated hearing those thoughtful words; thank you!


So good to see you, and I am pleased you enjoyed this poem. :-)

Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on January 12, 2012:

What a beautiful memory and memorial to your great grandmother! The rhyme and meter flow well.

I did trip up in my reading at the phrase "she'd marketh well" in the second stanza. Consider rephrasing to present-day language to match the rest of the poem or at least putting into proper Victorian English.

Again, very nice. I voted up.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 12, 2012:

Oh Genna, This is one of the most beautiful pieces i've ever read. You are such a gifted poet...What a shame Nanna couldn't write poetry, but she gave you her gift..Thank you..

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 12, 2012:

You wave the magic wand of a master of the written word. Your words glow like starlight. Nanna is beaming.

epigramman on January 12, 2012:

.....classy lady you are Genna......classy writer too!

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WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 12, 2012:

Nanna would love it, Genna!

We have similar grandmothers. Mine grew up in Maine, and loved to act! She also played the guitar zither, and I still have it.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on January 12, 2012:

Tripping the light fantastic with you Genna and this brilliant, sparkling, loving tribute to your inspiration. I am sure your grandmother is beaming with pride!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 12, 2012:

What a beautiful poem and tribute to Nanna. I read it twice! This is so special and absolutely lovely. Voted up!


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 12, 2012:

Oh dearest Genna,

How beauty, love and dignity runs through your family in these expressively touching words. Your Nanna would beam with pride at this tribute, of this I am sure.

Voted UP and ever so beautiful. Hugs, Maria

Sophie on January 12, 2012:

What a tribute! You have done her proud!

Lovely memories and beautiful poetry! The last two lines really say it all. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 12, 2012:


Hi Maya. :-) Very perceptive, my sweet friend, and thank you. I have a tendency to balk at rules and this was one way of doing my little rebel thing that poked at that world of convention…also, in part, because writing poetry is looking at life with different perspectives and interpretations. Take care.


Hi Bob.

Shelley was one of my favorite poets…his ”Ozymandius” was a masterpiece. I could never write as well as he, but I thank you for such a wonderful compliment…it means a lot to this humble writer. Enjoy the day, and hugs.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 12, 2012:

@Sunnie Day

What a lovely comment, thank you! Nanna would tell stories with a melodic voice and words that sounded almost like a sonnet at times, but in candid, vivid language that grabbed the imagination. I appreciate the visit…have wonderful day. Hugs. :-)


Thank you for the visit, and for the thoughtful words, and vote of support. Have a great day!

diogenes from UK and Mexico on January 12, 2012:

My goodness, Genna - That could have come from the pen of Keats or Shelley.

You are an excellent poet


Maya on January 12, 2012:

I love the old world language you used in subtle unconventional ways like -

'where lilacs sing and skylarks bloom' -

This is so beautiful Genna! (I like the new pic too.)

hazelwood4 from Owensboro, Kentucky on January 11, 2012:

This poem is stunning! This a great tribute to your Nanna.:) I voted it up and beautiful! I am also your newest fan!

Sunnie Day on January 11, 2012:

Dear Genna,

This is so beautiful! Your words dance across the page with such grace. How blessed to have such a wondeful memory of your grandmother. Thank you for sharing your gift.



Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 11, 2012:


Thank you, Ken; what a wonderful, sweet comment. I would listen to her stories in the evening after dinner sometimes; she was such a remarkable lady. She would inspire me in many ways – more than I realized when I was just a youngster.

You are always so kind and gracious with your comments. You are a master poet, and I have had the privilege of reading, admiring and respecting your work since joining the Hub. Hugs, dear poet and friend. :-)


Yes, it was very nice; a special time in my life. Many thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

arusho from University Place, Wa. on January 11, 2012:

How nice to have stories from your great grandmother about her life.

saddlerider1 on January 11, 2012:

My oh my Genna, you've penned a masterpiece here, such as is your beauty. The tales your Nanna recited to you, I could just see you sitting there below her hem, wide eyed, with pursed lips and dreamy eyed enchantment.

How wonderful a poem you just scribed. She did indeed give you a love for literature and look what magic your crayon has colored for us here. So whimsical and delightful, I loved each word from your lips.

You always mesmerize me with your gift. Thank you thank you sweet poet. Still one of my favorite poets at the Hubs, I hope you keep filling my vessel and my heart with your verse. Hugs xo VOTED UP awesome and beautiful. Shared as well on Twitter and FB.

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