Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Heart of a Warrior

You were different
You were strong
You were proud
You had a hard life
But survived challenges
 That would cripple
You were magical
To a young child
With stories dramatic
Full of fantasy
Wonder and life
No story as acrid
As your young existence
Your father should have been quarantined
His fists should have been stopped
His dramatic acts blocked
But you survived
All the men who didn’t
Love you enough
And settled for the love
From nieces and nephews,children 
Grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
To whom you gave your all
All loyalty, all encompassing
Returned to you tenfold
By all who loved you
Then mourned your passing
And remember you
Grandma, Olive I miss you still.

Happy Birthday 
©Sheilagh Lee April 30, 2014


  1. Beautiful Sheilagh..I am sure she felt the love she so deserved xo

  2. thanks JaeRose I was remembering her today as today was her birthday.

  3. My thoughts are with you, and her.

  4. My Grandma was special too. These are the real saints. All I can say is goodness is rarely rewarded here on earth. The success of Grandma Olive is your deep ongoing love for her. How many people can inspire such love through their goodness. Nowt I say. Happy Birthday Grandma Olive .

  5. You are lucky to know of your grandmother's story, so few really do. Let it continue to be told as it is part of your family history.

  6. This is a lovely tribute to your grandmother. I am sure you've learned much from her and she is smiling down on you today.

  7. Up until the very last line I was so convinced you were writing of a man! *smile* When I re-read this poem from a female perspective it took on a completely different shape. Fascinating and beautiful!

  8. What a tribune to your grandma! Thanks for sharing with us, join to your commemoration...xx

  9. Thank Rallentanda,oldegg, ccchampagne and humbird. Grandma's can have a special place in a child's life. Grandma Olive wasn't perfect but who is?

  10. A wonderful tribute Shelagh! Her father was a protector though the men suitors must sure have regretted. Great!


  11. thank you Hank but her father was never her protector he cared only about himself and his own image in the community. Her brother protected her and took her in when her father beat her pregnant body (almost losing her baby and her life )after her fiance sold their wedding gift(land) and nearly killed her. All after she did was be a dutiful daughter for years and trust the wrong man.