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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: Grandfather in the Mirror
By Thomas Kappel
04/06/08


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Grandfather

As a child, I saw him

at his house
at the hospital
as his wife lay dying
adult, reserved, mature

As a teen, I saw him

at the lake
at the tents
at the campfire
adult, happy, family

As a young man, I saw him

at my house
as my father lay dying
and mother sat crying
and he held his daughter
and her son
and her daughter
and he brought the documents
and the knowledge and the peace
at the burial plot for dad
and he went home
and, that night, died

As an adult, I saw him

at his funeral
a few days later
at peace

As a memory, I see him

an upright, stout, man
a mentor
a guide
a wise motherís father
a family man

Adult, reserved, mature
and Grandfather to me

In the mirror the other day, I saw him

in me
my heritage
in my genes
my body
my looks
from his linage
my age now
as his was then
and I looked

Adult, reserved, mature

And I called my daughters
to come over today
with my grandsons
to be

Grandfather to them


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Karen Wilber 04/10/08
I have tears in my eyes. This is beautiful...how you built this block upon block until you turn and look and the story has come full circle. The text is sparse, but your images are rich in meaning and the message at the end is heartwarming. Thank you for this.
Joanne Sher 04/11/08
Beautiful. Amazingly touching and visual. Great progression.
Stacy Jamison04/11/08
WOW! So powerful. Thank you!
Joanne Sher 04/18/08
Congratulations, Thomas, on placing 40th overall with this piece. Great work!
Cherry Bieber04/23/08
How very warm and tender this is. I never had a grandfather or a father, but I felt this as if it were my own.