Something Old and Something New

They Are Sweet

When mother’s ma got
back the house from the wood,
she didn’t wear the death mask
rather she was as playful as
the farmyard puppy.
On her cheeks the childhood lullabies
were smiling broadly
and she threatened to
curtain the retirement apartment
with the brilliant drapery.

That’s the way grandma was.
It’s good to keep in mind
now, when I am the old man.
I hear my grandson’s giggling
in the step with the cartoon
on the television,
And soon the evening is,
but it doesn’t break my heart.
Tears well up in my eyes.
They are sweet.
©Yelling Rosa
Written in Finnish
10/12 -10
Dramatized in English
20/3 -14

The Speaking Humanity

Playing children turn
Their parents into humanity;
And the speaking humanity
Guarantees leaders’ wisdom.
© Yelling Rosa
9/10 – 14

Children Win

is in vain.
win the race.
© Yelling Rosa
Written in Finnish
17/12 -87
Dramatized in English
10/10 -14


About Yelling Rosa

I desing home pages. In my spare time I read, write, play the guitar and hike. I have published three verse books in Finnish and recorded my songs. You can listen to them on YouTube. I have translated some of my poems on Yelling Rosa's Weblog. I also like to watch movies. Olen kiinnostunut lukemisesta, kirjoittamisesta, kitaransoitosta ja luonnossa vaeltamisesta. Olen julkaissut kolme runokirjaa ja laulujani on äänitteillä. Voit lukea runojani Yelling Rosan kotisivuilta ja kuunnella laulujani YouTubessa. Olen elokuvafriikki.
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28 Responses to Something Old and Something New

  1. Sometime grandchildren recall our own childhood and get back good memories!


  2. sherazade says:

    Children win!


  3. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful verses ❤
    Have a great weekend!, Aquileana 😀


  4. Geo Sans says:

    knowing one’s grandparents
    infinite connections


  5. mudpilewood says:

    Love them all but your poem about Grandma put a huge smile on my face, though I am not a grandma


  6. Playing children turn their parents into humanity! I love that sentence particularly. I thank you very much for your poesies and wish you a splendid day. Bye Martina


  7. Lovely poetry. I am not surprised. Finland is a very poetic country.


  8. They are sweet – loved it 😃


  9. jbw0123 says:

    Just read an essay in The Atlantic by a guy who says beyond 75 it’s better to accept only palliative care. Wonder if your grandmother would agree?


  10. Mike says:

    Very touching – nicely worked YR.


  11. lbeth1950 says:

    I loves the ties between generations. I still think of my gram other every day and she’s been gone almost fifty years. I tell my grandson stories about my grandparents all the time.


  12. They Are Sweet – a beautiful expression of the importance of keeping perspective as you age.


  13. What a lovely expression and amazing poetry! 🙂


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