Cousins and Grandparents

Cousins growing up, grandparents growing old—gone

Still the delight of finding photos on cousin’s timelines.


A quietness about Grandma who always welcomed

One more cousin, one more friend of a cousin, at her table.


A smoker of Lucky Strikes, no cancer would catch Grandpa

Too busy growing lettuce and tomatoes for food on the table.


What I would give for just one more meal at their table

Surrounded by cousins, laughter, love—and endless hope.