Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Grandpa Toots--By Cindy Hutchings--United States

Grandpa Toots

The people from Coast Salish tribes
drum in my heart, my blood

Great-grandfather, though not born of
was born with tribe of Steilacoom

lived his life
by the water

heart blood of the people

gave his love of Puget Sound
to his children, grandchildren

and I, youth of his longing
trace his footsteps, walk the sands

my heart chord struck

by dawn, help of Kingfisher
I skim sunlit waters
sing to ancestors
answer the drum.

This poem is included in Cindy Hutchings’ poetry collection, Drumbeat’s Calling. Her first poetry chapbook, Tree Talk, was published by Her poetry is shared at and She's a member of Northwest Renaissance & Striped Water Poets in Auburn, WA, USA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English and Women Studies.


  1. Dear Cindy,

    Thank you for your lovely poem, written with passion for the culture and the love of a Grandpa.

    Best wishes,

  2. Lovely, Cindy, this longer poem. Lovely

  3. a very passionate write - love it