guest post: grandpa

my dad’s dad is a whiz with a computer. he probably knows and can do more than i can, but the thing i appreciate the most is that he’s a diligent reader of my blog. on the days i post, he either comments on the actual post (sometimes with a history lesson) or he’ll email me a quote he’s found that relates to the topic i’ve written about or because it’s something that reminded him of me. (all together now, awwwwww.) and now i present to you some of the awesomeness my grandfather shared with me:

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a woman that she does not know till she takes up a pen to write.
-William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863)

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.
-Richard Harding Davis, journalist and author (1864-1916)

‘I learned her name was Proverb’ by Denise Levertov

And the secret names
of all we meet who lead us deeper
into our labyrinth
of valleys and mountains, twisting valleys
and steeper mountains-
their hidden names are always,
like Proverb, promises:
Rune, Omen, Fable, Parable,
those we meet for only
one crucial moment, gaze to gaze,
or for years know and don’t recognize

but of whom later a word
sings back to us
as if from high among leaves
still near but beyond sight

drawing us from tree to tree
towards the time and the unknown place
where we shall know
what it is to arrive.

thanks for unwittingly writing a guest post for me, grandpa!

keep ’em coming.

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8 Responses to “guest post: grandpa”

  1. Linda G. Says:

    Your grandpa IS awesome. Thanks for sharing this bit of him with us here. :)

  2. LOTG Says:

    your family is awesome. grandpa and yourself included.

  3. Adriana Kirilova Says:

    Awwwww. Nice quotes, and nice poem!

  4. Grandpa Says:

    As always, you are very welcome. I look for good stuff to encourage you whereever I find it. And as you may know by now, you and my other children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren are in my prayers each day. Love, Grandpa

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