The Great Passing of The Torch



"And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read."  ~Alice Walker 


They were the pillars that held it all together
from full plate to empty nest
they carried us through
in ice or fire's storm
and great depression's wake
holding a hidden strength
that needed no
light to grow
they the true
steel magnolias
never expected
a return for
their favor
for the
legacy of
a grandmother's
wisdom
cannot be
returned
only
swiftly
passed
down
to
the
grand
mothers
our
daughters
will
someday
be.



Also linking with One Shot Wednesday

....and to kill 3 birds with 1 stone...I am also sharing with lovely Emily








Comments

  1. keep passing it...we need more pillars...

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  2. this is beautiful Carrie... oh how i missed reading your poems while i was away.... I Hope you had a beautiful Christmas and having a great year...:) Happy New Year!!

    ~Ruth

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  3. Where would we be without our steel magnolias?

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  4. Very strong piece, with grace, and determination for future generations.

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  5. Ah yes ... my maternal grandmother could have held the world together, with one hand tied behind her!!!

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  6. wonderful tribute to our Grandmothers

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  7. nicely done... and an excellent reminder!

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  8. This is one of my favorite topics, grandmas passing on the torch of their indomitable spirit.

    I loved this, Carrie. My grandma raised five kids through the depression and had non of the things we take for granted - she washed the laundry by hand in the bathtub - for five kids - lived in the freezing-cold Prairies. And once gave my grandpa's best suit to a hobo because he didnt wear it much so she thought he didnt need it. Turns out he kept it for best. And he only had two suits. Hee hee. Wonderful poem! Took me back.

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  9. Oh All those ancestor women of ours had to go through so that today we have all we have.
    This is a great poem and tribute to them all, Carrie. Shame that still in some parts of the world they have no rights at all...

    PS-I am fine... and I hope so are you!
    Thanks for your comment today and sorry I haven't come by lately
    :)
    Hugs
    Dulce

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  10. Like your shaped poem and tribute to women.

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  11. Such a strong image of our heritage.

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  12. Thank you everyone for stopping by....this one is near and dear to my heart....my grandmother was a true inspiration in my life....the lovely photo of course is via wonderful Tess....hope everyone is doing well. :-)

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  13. Indeed, Carrie, they were special.

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  14. Lovley Carrie, and the passing down of strength is truly what it is all about...the strengh of these woman was remarkable...they deserve the tribute and our testimony....bkm

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  15. Though I never had a grandmother, the stories I heard from my grandpa, I can picture through your writings. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. You are right thingy they were....thank you for stopping by.:-)
    Hi Bkm....yes, the passing down of strength is what it is about...thank you for reading it...:-)
    Writingcanvas, i am sorry you never knew your grandmother that is a true loss, thank you for your kind words and taking the time to read it. :-)

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  17. Wisdom is a great inheritance...

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  18. I actually watched Steel Magnolias on TV this week! LOL!

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  19. Wisdom is a great inheritance

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  20. they the true
    steel magnolias

    loved this. you brought these ladies to life. and you always do--bring life to things. i love that about you. xo

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  21. loved this...from the picture to the poem.

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  22. beautiful...may we continue to pass it on.

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  23. a beautiful tribute to loving matriarchs... and thanks, Carrie, for your kind words over at my place.

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  24. I love it especially the 'steel magnolias'.

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  25. That was wonderful! Made me think of the things my grandmothers passed to me that I hold so dear!

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  26. a beautiful tribute in a wonderful word shape!

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  27. my grandmothers were unable to pass very much on down to me, and i have no daughters. so i've borrowed my husband's grandmothers and a few friends' daughters!. i pray i do a good job.

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  28. hey =) i like your blog! you can visit mine if you want at

    http://jenniferscavone.blogspot.com

    Ciao!

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  29. "to the grandmothers our daughters will someday be"- beautiful

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  30. Thank you one and all for your wonderful comments to this one....hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! :-)

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  31. Very strong. Sentimental without being syrupy. I like this.

    Pearl

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  32. And so the pillar is passed... Stunning form, formed with deep sentiments, hope of future talents passed forth. Lovely!

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  33. oh, this is beautiful! love the form and message here

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