Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vestige--By Cristine A. Gruber--United States


He didn’t have much
in the way of mementos,
a bible that belonged
to his mama, a tobacco tin
that his daddy had used.

There were a few gifts
from his girls over the years,
and more recently, keepsakes
from the grandchildren too.
He kept these things,

but rarely looked at them.
But once each autumn,
when the earth gleamed golden
for a time, just before turning
barren for yet another winter,

he would retrieve the small box
from the back of his closet, sit
for a spell, and re-read each card,
one by one, voicing each word,
reliving every moment.

Cristine A. Gruber, a Southern California native, is a registered caregiver as well as a widely-published poet. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, including: North American Review, Writer’s Digest, California Quarterly, The Homestead Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Penwood Review, The Poet’s Haven, Red River Review, The Tule Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and The Write Place at the Write Time. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Lifeline, is available from Amazon.com. More of Cristine's work can be found at http://sierraviewjournal.blogspot.com/.


  1. a beautiful, poignant poem

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    1. {{{Lavana}}}

      Thank you so much, Lavana!

      Cristine ~

  3. Dear Christine,

    A touching poem on how the simplest of mementos can mean so much to a person. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt poem with us all and thank you also for your kind comments to me.


    1. Thank you so much, Sandra! Your words mean a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

      Cristine ~

  4. Thank you for reminding us that we are somebody who meant something and the proof may be in a shoe box.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm pleased you enjoyed my poem. :)


  5. Love this beautiful write expressing a sentiment and deep-felt emotion of the ties that bind. It is a wonderful heart which shows through not only in the subject of the write, but through the writer, as well........ Sheri

    1. Sheri, thank you so much!

      Your feedback is so touching, and so very much appreciated. Thank you! :)

      Cristine ~

  6. Hello Cristine...I enjoyed reading your heartfelt poem! Wonderful sentiments here! Thank you for sharing it! ~Chris

    1. Hello, Chris!

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

      Happy New Year to you and yours!

      Cristine ~

  7. Very nice work, Cristine. Good to see your work here at Whispers. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    Nice write, Janet. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

    1. Thank you so much, Maurice!

      So glad you enjoyed my poem. :)

      We do go way back, you and I. Looking at my records, I just realized it will be nine years in March since we first connected via poetry. How the time does fly. :)

      I hope all is well with you and all your loved ones. And may 2015 prove to be a beautiful and blessed year for all. :)

      Take care!

      Cristine ~