F - Two Poems, Farther up the Road and Families

 A "treat" today, two poems!


Farther up the road
They say the skies are always blue
Father up the road
I hope they’re saying what is true

I’ve been traveling so long
With this heavy load of mine
Father up the road
To lay it down will sure be fine

The road stretches out before me
I’m a pilgrim on my way
Each step I take is nearer
To the everlasting day 

 ©2019 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved

This was from a poetry prompt to take the last lines from a book I was reading.  That was John Grisham's  The Reckoning.  The last line is, "What a family," he said softly."  In the novel, the character speaking was not being complimentary to his family, but here I kept to the positive! 

“What a family,” he said softly.”
In reading Grisham’s words,
I think
of families.

We laughed with family.
Cried with them.
Kept warm in winter
sitting side by side
 near the fireplace.

Kept cool in summer
with frozen pops.
Ran through the sprinkler
 naked and screaming
on the backyard lawn.

Marked our growth on the door frame
while mother stirred the oatmeal
and laughed,
as brother stood
on tiptoe to be tallest.

Bedtime stories and tucking in,
kisses to sleep
 kisses for the hurts,
the skinned knees and heartaches.
The comfort in family.

Memories and photographs
of holidays long past
Family picnics.
Family fights
that never meant a thing.

Though miles separate,
letters written few,
 phone calls seldom made,
what binds us lasts forever.
We can all say it again,
 “What a family.”

©2019 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved


  1. I could see the first poem set to a song. Beautiful :)

    The Multicolored Diary

  2. Thumbs up on both of these. And how fun to see the family photos.

    1. Thanks. It was fun to pick them out. I like old black and white photos. The baby in the photos is me!


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