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Grandma Hope

They called you
The little round nurse.
Convinced you’d be
An old maid.
Brave visionary,
Pioneer
Defying limiting labels,
Living beyond beliefs of
Family, culture,
Society, world.
You courageously wrote
Letters to the Editor
Urban paper published them.
Death threats
Arrived at your home
Labeling you an NL.
Your husband feared for your life
Insisted you cease.
You persisted in writing
Thoughtful insights, critiques
Our government, political leaders,
Your passion for
Social and racial justice
Distinct black ink looping words
Filled scrapbooks stuffed with articles,
Photos.
Your first name, Hope.
As a child I loved you as
Gram Staley.
You squatted
Arms opened wide
An energy vortex of kindness
I ran towards the warmth of
Your soft, pillowy body.
Loving arms enveloped me
Laughter rippled all around
Creating ocean waves of acceptance.
Vanilla ice cream
Cold and sweet
In my mouth.
You exclaimed,
“My favorite flavor is vanilla!”
The sight of your deft hands
Holding needlepoint,
Stitches, threads
Silently moving in a
Dance with a steel pin size
Needle, bumpy thimble,
White cloth.
Wrinkled strong fingers
Creating beauty.
Your brown eyes
Radiated tenderness.
I longed to swim for days
In your eyes.
After all these years of
Being my guardian angel
I lovingly call you,
Grandma Hope.

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Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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4 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Dear Laura, You made the words come to life. I had a lump in my throat reading them. You describe feeling bringing then to a present and personal manifestation. I have always loved your writing, Laura and this poem really does confirm my thoughts. You are gentle, you empathize, you spread warm and compassion. You are Laura Staley. God Bless you. Simon

    • Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments and reflections on this poem. I’m so grateful for the breadth and depth of your capacity to receive my writings in your heart and being. I’m honored by your presence in my life and your beautiful writings, too. Please know this. And God Bless you, too, my dear friend, Simon.

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