Reflections on a Family Visit

Like young colts
galloping through wildflowered fields,
all legs in a blur.
These teenage grandchildren rush in
laughing, talking,
a whirlwind of energy.
Fast hugs for me,
quick words of endearment
and theyโ€™re out the door.

I sit down, coffee cup in hand,
and chuckle at what just was.
I marvel, smiling,
at what is to come and what will be.
The world is theirs to explore,
to grapple with, to improve,
to endure.
But for now,
let them gallop in the wildflowered fields.

Posted for Open Link Night at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. AND we are LIVE today from 3 to 4 PM Boston time. Read below how to join us!

EXCITING NEWS FOR dVERSE! Mr. Samuel Peralta announced the selection of dVerse Anthology, Chiaroscuro, for inclusion in the LunarCodex Polaris time capsule going to the moon in 2023! It’s true! Not a hoax! Chiaroscuro will be on the moon — I have six poems in the anthology! I’m going to be on the moon! Go to to learn more. At the Menu on the right click on MORE….scroll down and you’ll come to an image of Chiaroscuro! Mr. Peralta is interviewed on YouTube about the technology. Google “We”re flying to the moon samuel Peralta” you’ll find it. It’s rather lengthy, but very interesting to read about the technology!

What is OLN LIVE?
Go to at 3 PM or shortly thereafter. There will be a link right at the top of the page…Click on it and it will take you to the dVerse pub! You’ll meet many of the dVersers who post here weekly, and some who just come when the spirit moves them (or the prompt does!). Each attendee has the opportunity to read one poem aloud as others listen and appreciate. Alternatively, if you are not comfortable reading for the group, simply join us and listen in! The more the merrier!

I hope to see you at the pub today!!! at 3 PM Boston time or shortly thereafter. We’ll be live until 4 PM.

30 thoughts on “Reflections on a Family Visit

  1. whippetwisdom July 21, 2022 / 11:41 am

    What a gorgeous poem and photograph Lillian and such exciting news about Chiaroscuro! I will try and join you in the pub tonight and look forward to seeing you there xxx

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    • lillian July 21, 2022 / 11:57 am

      Excellent….do join us and read a poem and chat…or just come for the toast in the beginning. Will be wonderful to have you there…and on such a celebratory OLN!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. scotthastiepoet July 21, 2022 / 3:26 pm

    Dear Lillian,
    As a grandfather myself, I resonate very much with what you’ve captured here – ‘young colts’ is the perfect example of this… A lovely read…


  3. msjadeli July 21, 2022 / 4:38 pm

    You’re right, let the young ones enjoy it while they can. Nice to hear you read tonight, Lillian.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 21, 2022 / 5:28 pm

      So glad we finally got online! Fun to see everyone and toast to our trip to the moon!

      Liked by 1 person

      • msjadeli July 21, 2022 / 6:05 pm

        Yes, it was, Lillian โค Thank you and Sanaa hosting tonight.


  4. merrildsmith July 21, 2022 / 4:55 pm

    I love the way you picture your grandchildren and your acceptance. Yes, the world is theirs to explore now, and I imagine it’s fun to watch them.

    Thank you for hosting!

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    • lillian July 21, 2022 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you kindly, Merril. Am glad we finally went LIVE – so fun to see everyone. One of these days I’ll get those links down and will host OLN LIVE with no glitches!

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      • merrildsmith July 22, 2022 / 12:37 pm

        Well, it adds a bit of drama. . . ๐Ÿ˜


  5. Mish July 21, 2022 / 4:57 pm

    Love the way you absorbed and expressed this grandparent moment. It was special to hear you read it with pure joy in your voice and heart!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 21, 2022 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you Mish. So glad you liked the poem and so absolutely wonderful to see you at OLN LIVE tonight, once we finally got the glitches fixed. A tech guru I’m not….but I did enjoy hosting and toasting! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Glenn A. Buttkus July 21, 2022 / 5:12 pm

    My grandparents had lived through the Great Depression, and they feared for the world legacy they left me. Turns out they had valid fears. At the rate we’re experiencing changes today, within 2 decades the crap will hit the fan. Perhaps technology will save them. God, I hope so.

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    • lillian July 21, 2022 / 5:31 pm

      I’ve go to look at the energy and savvy of my young teenage grandchildren and think we are leaving the world in better hands than we have now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Positive thinking….that’s what I survive on.


  7. writingpresence July 21, 2022 / 5:52 pm

    Indeed may they gallop through wildflowered fields – and so (perhaps at a more sedate pace) may we… enjoy their company, do, and best summery wishes to you.

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    • lillian July 22, 2022 / 2:43 pm

      Ah….I still love skipping on the sidewalk….although people look at me a bit oddly! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you enjoyed the poem.


  8. Ron. July 21, 2022 / 6:29 pm

    Outstanding work! Though I have no progeny of my own (thank goodness) I’ve got access to (and greatly enjoy) the company of and interaction with My Beloved Sandra’s Great-Great-Grandchildren. I hear you..
    And THANKS for hosting the Glitcher. Well done.

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    • lillian July 22, 2022 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Ron. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes….I think perhaps the next time I host OLN LIVE I’ll just label it a Glitcher from the get-go and remind people to have patience as we get it going ๐Ÿ™‚ It did turn out to be fun though!


  9. sanaarizvi July 21, 2022 / 6:50 pm

    This is such a gorgeous, gorgeous poem, Lillian! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the photograph of your grandchildren here .. sigh.. they are just adorable! I can also picture you sitting with a coffee cup in hand “smiling,
    at what is to come and what will be.” Thank you so much for hosting tonight โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 22, 2022 / 2:45 pm

      They are very special kids….that’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for helping!!!


    • lillian July 22, 2022 / 2:45 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. And gosh the kids really are all legs at this age!!! Especially in the summer when they’re in shorts! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Gillena Cox July 21, 2022 / 10:51 pm

    Beautiful poem. Enjoyed hearing you read it at OLN


    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian July 22, 2022 / 2:46 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Gillena. LOVE seeing you at OLN LIVE.


  11. hedgewitch July 23, 2022 / 8:51 am

    What a sense of life and love here. Just lovely, Lillian–and congrats to all at dVerse on going to the moon. Thanks for hosting.


  12. Brendan July 24, 2022 / 5:08 am

    Love the sweet wild exuberance of teenaged wildflowers here.


  13. paeansunplugged July 25, 2022 / 2:35 pm

    Such a lovely verse, Lillian! Being a grandparent must be so grand.


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