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  • DaddyIt is early springwhen my grandmother sends for usWarm enough to believe againthat food will come from newly thawed earth.This is the weather, my mother says, Daddy loved to garden in. We arrive not long before my grandfather is about to takehis last breaths,breathless ourselves from our first ridein an airplane.I want to tell him all about ithow loud it was when the plane lifted into the sky,each of us, leaning toward the window, watching New York grow small and speckled beneath us.How meals arrivedon tiny trays-some kind of fish that none of us ate.I want to tell him how the stewardess gave us wings to pin on our blouses and shirts and told Mama we were beautiful and well behaved. But
  • my grandfather is sleeping when we come to his bedside, opens his eyes only to smile, turns so that my grandmother can press ice cubes against his lips. She tells us, He needs to rest now. That evening he dies.On the day he is buried, my sister and I wear white dresses, the boys in white shirts and ties. We walk slowly through Nichol town, a long parade of people who loved him-Hope, Dell, Roman and me leading it. This is how we bury our dead-a silent parade through the streets, showing the world our sadness, others who knew my grandfather joining in on the walk, children waving, grown-ups dabbing their eyes.ashes to ashes, we say at the grave site with each handful of dirt we drop gently onto his lowering casket. We will see you in the by and by, we say. We will see you in the by and by.
  • I chose this poem because it is very meaningful. It is very sad the way she describes every detail of what happened. The last words that she said We will see you by and by are so meaning and have a lot of meaning behind them. When my grandfather died I remember when my grandmother said a phrase and it has stuck with me since. The phrase was spend time with your loved ones make time to see them and make sure you are caring and that has stuck with me because yes you never know how much time you have left with anyone. It could be tomorrow and you never really got to see them.
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