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#Throwdown Thursday (4/5/18): Losing Grandma…my latest #haibun on .@ImageCurve

Losing Grandma

 

 

I don’t remember Grandma’s death. The only flash of memory is a snippet of conversation, and a flash of grief and concern on Mom’s face.

My most clear memory of Grandma: she would squeeze my cheeks between her index and middle fingers and then twist. Simultaneously, her Calabrais face in mine, she’s say, ”La Bella!”

I still feel my cheeks ache!

Evidently, I didn’t take her death well. I didn’t understand that she was gone, or so Mom would tell me. She became so concerned that she bought the book “When People Die.” I sat on her lap as she read me the picture book cover to cover that night.

“I should have let you attend the funeral,” Mom often said afterward.

It would have made no difference. But how could I tell her, then, what took me so long to understand?

fallen leaves
her faded photograph
her sole remains

 

photo by Samuel Zeller

 

first published in Image Curve, April 5, 2018

 

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11 replies »

  1. Your words have brought a tear to my eye on this sunny April morning, Frank. I love the ‘clear memory of Grandma: she would squeeze my cheeks between her index and middle fingers and then twist. Simultaneously, her Calabrais face in mine, she’s say, ”La Bella!”’ I bet you still feel my cheeks ache, mine were as I read it! Your mother did the right thing with the book – have you ever read Michael Rosen’s Sad Book? The haiku is like a tear.

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