Her Legacy


It was a short notice.

Helen Cecile is predeceased
by Charles Andrew and Charles Gruenwald Jr,
her husband and son.
God knows, she’d lived the last eight years
impatiently waiting to join them.

It moved with her when she was left alone.
An eight by ten picture from a 1930s Life Magazine
a dark haired young nurse in white cap
surrounded by an aura of glowing light.

Her nurses’ training lasted six months.
Instead of earning a nurse’s pin
she eloped
and eight months later
put my brother to her breast.

The room was empty when I took it down.
Water-stained backing, script barely readable.
My dearest Helen,
No one can take this away from you.
Sister Everista 1937

For sixty years,
she’d kept her dream
in a plastic frame .

Revised from original post on April 17….to no acclaim except my neice’s phone call about this poem, about her grandma. My mom — 

4 thoughts on “Her Legacy

    • lillian August 26, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      So glad you liked it. Tough evidence that some carry their unrealized dreams with them to the day they leave this earth.


  1. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb August 29, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Eloquent words touching my heart and soul as I read.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 29, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      It’s a true story…..and a moment inscribed on my heart.
      Glad you connected with the words here….thank you.


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