I'm up to my chin in goosebumps. This is beautiful girl. What a great tribute. Your grandfather sounds like a man's man. The first stanza is awesome. Hooks you right in...especially love the line"the railway never left him"
You show his toughness with his refusal to take help and the poignant "he looked death in the face and got on with life".
Your grandmothers story sounds much like my mothers mother. She pretty much drifted away after my grandfather passed. I'm not sure which is worse, experiencing the death of a loved one, or watching one slip into a shell. You do a wonderful job of describing her disarray. Not sure if it was Alzheimer's that inflicted your grandma, but if you're interested marysunshine did a wonderful piece on the topic called (aptly enough) Alzheimer's. You might want to check that out...
Love the emptiness of the last stanza...leaves the reader to his own thoughts...Liking you a lot girlie!
This is written beautifully. I too was close to my grandparents, spending all summer with them each year. Though they have been gone several years now, I still miss them dearly. there is nothing I would like better then to be able to lay my head in grandma's lap one more time. My confidant and partner is crime. Kudos to you for this glorious tribute.
the passage of time, especially with those who have nutured us throughout our youth, is a hard thing to witness when memories and faces are lost through alzheimer's. I find the older my grandmother gets. the more i want to know about her and her past..in order to understand where i came from. heartfelt and saddness i feel through your words.. and yet an slight hint of understanding and acceptance.
I had a bit of a lump in the old bit throat reading this one. I know how much you loved your Gran and Papa and how proud they were of you. I think you summed up your papa perfectly when you wrote about his funeral. I'm glad he got a wee while with the wee man and felt as though he was aware of Daniel that last time I saw him.
The idea you've put forward of your gran pacing the alien corridors is a powerful one. I'm just glad that in some way she is peaceful of a sort. I'm glad of Hunter and Minnie and your tribute to them was very touching. You should show Stewart this one..