Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In memory of my grandfather

I know...lately so many of my posts seem to be titled "in memory of..." In less than 4 years, I lost my grandmother, my mom and last week, my grandfather. Yes, it is the cycle of life. I understand...and yet the sorrow is still very real.
My grandfather was an incredible man. And in time I will write about him - with humor, wit and with a lot of zest for life. But for now, here is something I wrote for my grandparents in 1999 (translated from Russian). My grandparents gave me everything, including the most incredible gift - unconditional love.

To my grandparents


I am the continuation of your river,
I am a sunbeam from your sunlight,
I am a star, and my sky
Is your love and understanding.

I am the symbol of your depth and height,
The symbol of your victory over the cruel fate,
I am like the spring flower growing
Upon your welcoming soil.

I am the rhyme in your song,
A melody made up of simple and clear tones.
In the fields of life, I am a little straw,
And you are my summer rain, my sustenance.


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Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful poem Rina. I know how much your grandparents meant to you. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing. All my love to you my dear friend.

Terry said...

Beautiful poetry, Rina. You have wonderful memories of your loved ones to treasure.

rmgclu said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather, Rina. It's clear he and your grandmother had a great impact on your life. The results speak for themselves. You are a truly gifted, talented and beautiful woman. L'Chaim!
Love, Bob