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In Her Rocker
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By Louis Gander
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In Her Rocker

I quietly sat in her rocker -

a squeaky and rickety chair.

With paint almost gone, it had weathered -

but no, I did not even care.

 

The folks in the yard were all browsing.

The yard sale was going quite well.

As people were browsing the items,

a man came and asked if I'd sell.

 

He asked if I'd sell her old rocker.

He asked me what I'd sell it for.

He gave a most generous offer -

then said he could pay a bit more.

 

I answered, "Her chair's not for sale.

My grandmother used it alot.

She held me as we both rocked gently

right here in this very same spot.

 

I turned back the years to my childhood -

It seemed it was just yesterday.

Through planting and summer and harvest,

she whispered in music this way,

 

I love you just like Jesus loves you.

I'll hold you as long as I live.

And if you have faith in me darling,

I promise to always forgive.

 

The man smiled sincerely and stated,

"I can't afford one quite like that.

Your rocker there surely is priceless"

then left with a tip of his hat.

 

I smiled yet my eyes became watered -

as visions of grandma came back.

She sat in this very same rocker -

when she had her last heart attack.

 

In Heaven she has a new rocker -

without all the paint worn away.

She holds a young child without mother

and whispers the very same way...

 

"She loves you just like Jesus loves you.

Regretting her choice, she'd relive.

But pray that she's trusting the Father -

He's faithful and sure to forgive."

 

I quietly sat in her rocker -

a squeaky and rickety chair.

With paint almost gone, it had weathered -

but no, I did not even care.

 

2013 louis gander ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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Submitted: Friday, November 29, 2013

Last Updated: Friday, November 29, 2013

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Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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