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The Grandmother from Miles Away
Pat Brisson

I cannot look at your photo long enough,
my eyes lingering on the whorl of ear,
my imagination kissing your soft, pink cheek.
I picture your head in my hand,
my age spots against your perfect skin,
try to inhale your scent across the miles,
feel your warmth and weight against my breast,
remember your father
your size
in my arms
only moments ago.

© by Pat Brisson.
Used with the author’s permission.



Pat Brisson is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and reference librarian in a public library. She has been writing picture books and easy-to-read chapter books for the last twenty years. Pat coordinates Project Storybook, a program at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey, which allows incarcerated mothers to select, record and mail books and tapes to their children. She received the N. J. Governor's Volunteer Award in Human Services for this wonderful project. Pat lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey; learn more about her at


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Wow, you really got me with that last line, Pat. Sometimes it feels like only seconds ago...
Posted 05/05/2014 04:42 PM
"only moments ago" for sure! It seems the older we get, the faster years tumble into each other. Beautiful poem in its simplicity.
Posted 05/05/2014 09:09 AM
Nabby Dog:
From the stunning first line right through to the conclusion, this poem is a celebration of family love. What a beautiful way to show how love can erase the miles that modern life often places between family members. A wonderful and reassuring poem.
Posted 05/05/2014 09:08 AM
Beautiful, sensitive poem...and what a great collection of children's books. Project Storybook sounds like a truly wonderful program!
Posted 05/05/2014 08:07 AM
Janet Leahy:
Lovely gentle poem. Congratulations on Project Storybook, what a great avenue for mothers to connect with their children when they are not with them. Especially wonderful for children to hear their mother's voices, thanks for setting up these connections.
Posted 05/05/2014 07:28 AM
Posted 05/05/2014 07:08 AM
I love seeing children's writers here! This is a lovely poem, Pat. Those last four lines, especially. (I'm a fan of Beach Is to Fun, by the way:>)
Posted 05/05/2014 06:08 AM
Wonderful poem, very moving.
Posted 05/05/2014 12:04 AM

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