Saturday, April 5, 2014

Grandmas

(image from my personal work archive)


After drawing a smiling woman
dressed in brown 
standing on long sticky legs

she turns to me
with a question
because she's six

and apparently this
is something she
wasn't supposed to seek

but I'm a teacher
and I must know
everything there is

She raises an eyebrow and asks:
How long
does a grandma last?

To which I reply:
mine lasted up to eighty-eight
but that number will fluctuate

Mine lasted up to forty 
- she says, I guess.
No! Wait! Yes... yes.

13 comments:

  1. You capture the child's world here, the simplicity and the ability to face things they don't understand with such devastating honesty that it forever re-frames our own adult ideas about them. Excellent writing, Kenia, simple and profound.

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  2. You definitely capture the child's innocence here. Cute. Nice read.

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  3. Yep, straightforward and true. Well done.

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  4. How long does a Grandma last? That is so poignant, Kenia.

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  5. Those are some slim legs indeed! I love the line about being a teacher and therefore knowing everything there is. I remember thinking pretty much that way as a child.

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  6. o my...she's curious, sweet and honest..the stuff children are made of....

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  7. Great transaction between child and adult, each needing something precious from the other -- child's wonder, teacher's truth -- both allowing a certain world to remain celebrated. Loved where you ended this, grieving yet sweet.

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  8. It's such a huge responsibility to be a teacher and know everything and answer truthfully and without crushing a young heart. Beautiful poem.

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  9. My son's kindergarten class fascinates me… I can see their personalities, their specific traits and idiosyncrasies already embedded in their little bodies…. and yes, they are so HONEST.

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  10. That's both funny and a little sad at the same time.. Yes, kids and their questions..

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  11. authentic, touching, observant ~

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