Thursday, January 31, 2013

Small Gesture--By Andrea Dietrich--United States

Small Gesture

you left
home, you gave
back to me the
picture I’d given
you one Christmas (of you,
fourteen, with my arm around
your shoulder). You said, “I don’t need
this.” Perhaps you meant nothing by it,
but it symbolized so much more to me.

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.


  1. Written from your heart. Nice reading you again...


  2. Dear Andrea,

    Thank you for all the kind comments for other writers this evening. Encouragement is so important to the community feel I envision for Whispers. Thank you so much. Your poem has so much emotion in it. Keep your talent shining.


  3. Thank you to Jack Horne for the following comment:

    Love this, Andrea. As always, your poetry says so much and is very memorable and moving.

  4. Andrea, so good to be reading your poetry again. What a wonderfully put together poem. The last few lines here just broke my heart, as a mother i can inagine how that would feel. I am sure however that he didn't mean it as a mother would take it. :)

  5. As usual Andrea your poetry hits the heart and I wonder if we realise that even the simplest gesture on the part of a loved one impacts us so much even if they never know the scope of it. God has given us a heart that is strong, compassionate, can expand to way past breaking point and is able to bleed and self-mend as well. Love Jane

  6. A poignant moment well captured in its casualness. I love the observation and the way you conveyed it. Thanks for the share, ralph.