NaBloPoMo# 26 Grand-Daddy Graybeard

Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) - Habit: Prunel...


The grand-daddy gray beard’s blooms,

snow-white against a green-leafed pad,

each year made lacy white bouquets

and caused me to remember Dad.

How he had found the small ash tree

and Mama spoke as to kid,

“You can’t transplant when in full bloom,”

but that’s just what my daddy did.

And then the bush thrived years to bloom

each spring when all things new

burst forth as red, red robins sang

when skies shone rain-washed blue.

The gray-beard weathered winter ice

the day my daddy died,

then bloomed with cold and tender buds                                                                                                                                                                               DSC_0561 -1

because my mama cried.

Then in the spring she, too, took sick

and soon she went away

and as they closed the casket lid,

it seemed I heard her say.

“You can’t transplant when in full bloom.”

But that is what was done

and now the flowers in God’s Bouquet

out-number the rays of the sun.

  Photo credit: Wikipedia (Zemanta)

© 2013 Freeda Baker Nichols

   Photo credit: Flowering ash tree Wikipedia (Zemanta)

8 comments on “NaBloPoMo# 26 Grand-Daddy Graybeard

  1. kayladean says:

    Simply beautiful and very well-written. What a tribute to your parents!


  2. was that just the most beautiful writing…I felt it!…and isn’t that what you want in your writings…
    truly beautiful…Happy Thanksgiving Freeda!


    • Oh, so thankful am I for your comments, Marilyn. Your own words are highly encouraging to me. The blogging world is amazing. With my blog, my poems are no longer stored in my files, much like Emily Dickenson’s poetry, but they reach across the miles to be shared with many people. I’m glad you are one who reads them and comments. This post is the first place I’ve shared that poem. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  3. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    The bush in a way is still blooming, it will be alive for more years to come. As long at you have such vivid memories of the years past.


  4. Catherine Johnson says:

    Lovely, Freeda! I love’rain-washed blue’


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