Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Newborn eyes























Through your eyes, resplendent with newborn life, no larger than a cat's-eye marble; I foresaw your future; I witnessed your present; I recalled your past.

Through your eyes, I foresaw your future; bright as white, even brighter with prayer. I saw hope, promises fulfilled, and prayers not yet conceived. But don't worry, they've already been granted.

Through your eyes, I witnessed your present; your mother's love; your father's pride

Through your eyes, I recalled your past; I saw those who have passed before you; great- grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts; cousins. I saw their smiles through your smile, reminding me that their lives never went away, they live through you.

Through your eyes, I saw their souls in the presence of God, and in God's presence, they escorted you into this world with a message for me:

God lives, and he is good.

I know little grandson. I know he is.

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Mrs. Devas T., not looking too grandma-ish. But she is a grandma.

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I don’t much enjoy reading those professional written blogs by paid newspaper columnist and the likes. I kinda like the not-so-rightness of the everyday stay-at-home bloggers. However, I’ve been reading a blog by American Statesman writer, Chris Garcia and I’m kinda diggin’ his vibe. Not so much for what he’s blogging about—pet rats and phlegm-flam are all relative to a brotha's life, too —but his way with words. He once recommended a book of poetry which I picked up before leaving for Arizona this past weekend. Poetry 180: A turning back to poetry, is an anthology of contemporary poems selected by Billy Collins. Apparently, Mr. Collins is the former Poet Laureate of theUnited States. What Condoleezza Rice is to national security, Collins was to national poetry. Damn, what democrats won’t think up to tax us even more (kidding, I do know what a poet laurea-what-cha-ma-call-it is). Besides all that, I’m enjoying these simple, people-friendly poems inspired by Collin’s poem-a-day program with the Library of Congress. The poems, as well as the website, are for anyone to enjoy, but many of the poems are selected with the high school student in mind. It’s making for great reading as well as homework for my attacks at writing a prose memoir.

With the exception of children's author Jane Yolen, I wasn't familiar with the names of any of the poets, but I plan to fix that bit of ignorance—pronto.

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Thanks for everyone's support on my last post, I appreciate the kind words very much. But keep in mind, I'm not going anywhere. I'm just slowing it down a bit.

18 comments:

Oricon Ailin said...

Your grandson is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful little child. I bet you and your wife must be thrilled!

God bless you, your family and your new little grandson. *smiles*

Glad to see you...you have been missed...but we DO understand. *HUGS*

Christopher M. Beatrice said...

Glad to see you blogging again man. Great looking grand baby. And by the way I don't think you or your wife look old enough to have grand kids. You both only look like you are in your 30's. Wow well anyway congrats Grandpa lol.

Chris Barton said...

What great photos, and touching words, too -- congratulations to you all.

Good luck to you and Mrs. Devas convincing folks that the little one really is your GRANDbaby...

Luke Cage said...

Aah, the betting lines are closed. Give me my dough folks. That's right, my hands are opened. Just place your money in my hand as you go by and welcome my man Don back to the Blogosphere -lol- What's up man? Great looking family Don.

You've got to understand brotha, the way your last post was written, especially in the LIFE portion of it, sounded a bit on the downside like you indeed contemplated booking and running. Not to mention that lil dittee you left in my blog a couple of weeks ago, well, put 2 and 2 2gether...? Anyway, it's glad to see Granddad handling his bizness and posting as I expected you would. Do your thing man! I'll be around.

Nikki said...

Aw, look at the little one. So what's your official grandparent name?

WIP said...

He's A D O R A B L E! A well-defined chin, at such an age. Amazing. I'd have to somewhat agree with Chris, your - wife - doesn't look a day over her thirties. Hee-hee. She's pretty *wink*. I never bet on whether or not you would be gone long from blogging. I, dunno, I guess we can relate to the Blogger's Plight. I'm also with you in that I don't care for the "fluff-and-told" type blogs. Give me personal, real LMN, drama-comedy, I can relate to, and a sister is blog-hook-line-and-sunk.
Also, thanks for becoming a "caring and sharing" brother in Blog-o-sphere. Your links are always interesting stuff that I may not have stumbled upon on my own accord. You've got a big ole heart... Gramps!

Tiff'
Gotta go. Duty awaits.

Jdid said...

cute grandkid. thought i had commented on the last post, my minds playing tricks.

Lauren said...

What an adorable grandchild....I have to agree with Chris that you and your wife do not look old enough to be grandparents. Wow...but the blessings you'll receive from this new addition to the family!

Friar Tuck said...

Nice to see the grandchild and put a face to the name of Miss Devas T.

Aziza said...

Your grandson looks very adorable, yet wise. He has the cutest expression on his face. God bless you and your family.

The Gig said...

SHALL I SAY "I TOLD YOU SO" OR WHAT DID I TELL YA! Ol ma, knows he's not going to stop blogging -- after all, didn't he say he's a bloggerholic? ha, ha, ha

I love babies with fat cheeks, they are good for kissing. Thanks everyone for the compliments on my family.

I agree that I have a very lovely daughter-in-law who is beautiful inside and out and QUITE the spritual little prayer warrior. Neigher of them look to be grandparents and the son definitely does not look to be an uncle. :-) :-)

ShellyP said...

Life is amazing.

YouToldHarpoTaBeatMe said...

Dang it man! You move me to tears with your words! Not only is your grandson adorable, but you just spilled every emotion I felt when I looked into the eyes of my own babies. I see the expressions and smiles of loved ones who have passed away. To me, my daughter's eyes DANCE when she smiles, which always reminds me of her great-grandmother. She has the strongest grandma genes out of the 3. I loved her so much, and when I see Miki smiling about something, it lets me know that Lilly is still with me.

Beautiful post. :o)

The Archivist said...

He's so cute.

Awww...

Brea said...

I know it has already been said 14 times. . . WHAT A CUTIE!!

San Nakji said...

Great photo!

Rinda M. Byers said...

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL baby! Thanks, very much, for sharing with us in blogland so we can share the JOY!

Rinda M. Byers

sj-the-infamous said...

Beautiful grandchild! Admittedly, I'm drawn to photos first, so I'll have to come back and finish reading....:)