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I wrote this poem five years after my grandfather died. It describes my memories, my pain, and my acceptance of him and his death. The poem has extreme sentimental value to me and I hope that it helps someone else cope with the loss of a loved one.

Dedicated to my Grandpa Tudsie who passed away November 1, 1993. I loved him very, very much and this poem expresses my feelings towards him.

Grandpa

Growing up you were always there
Each and every day showing me that you cared.

Spoiling me every chance that you had.
Letting me know that is okay to be sad.

After school, you checked on us day after day,
Listening to every word we had to say.

Each moment we spent together
Will be special to me forever.

Days spent shopping or mowing
Were as precious as when it was snowing.

My best memories are those at the time of year
When we decorated for Christmas with care.

The family would gather to feast
Which now happens the least.

Christmas magic soared through the air
While you taught me how to share.

Thirteen years I kept you in my sight.
Now all I can do is hold the memories tight.

The day your soul drifted high
My heart knew, and all I could do was cry.

A half hour later, I was pulled out of class
To find my mom in a state of distress.

When my eyes met hers.
We both broke down into tears.

I have spent five years trying to put it in my past
And now in college I have come to peace with it at last.

A part of my heart left with you.
The part that told me what to do.

Once at college, I became confused and lost.
I went to the church where God I sought.

God told me something I did not know.
I have your hand on my shoulder telling me where to go.

I once thought the part of me that went with you
Was lost forever and would not be put to good use.

I now realize that I never lost part of my soul.
I simply shared it with you to keep us whole.

You watched over me while you were here
And I know that you will watch over me from up there.

Grandpa, to me you meant the world.
Now with you I can live in the world.

A sign of Christmas and peace is the dove.
You taught me that to have peace one must have love.

Therefore with love one can have peace.
Together, we will indulge in life - God's feast.

My love for you, Grandpa, will soon project
Into the love you will help me use to protect.
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76 Visitor Comments

Timothy
I give this poem a ten, because i just love it. my grandpa just died a few months ago and guess what. I'm 13
Kirsty
I liked this poem it brought a tears to my eyes it remind me of the way me of the way i was wen i first new my Grandad had left me i neva got the chance to do or say wot i wanted to say to my Grandad only if time could be turned around
Tabby Anne
I just want to say that on Tuesday Morning at seven o'clock, my grandpa died, and it was my first day of school. My grandma wouldn't tell my mom or I because it would spoil my first day. So, after school when I found out, I kinda knew already, because, I went to there house, he was at the hospital, and my aunt uncle and all my cousins were there. I saw that the local funeral home had called her. I knew then. She was with my dad making arrangments for the funeral. This poem meant so much to me. I am eleven years old and my grandpa was seventy-eight. He had other children and grandchildren, but I lived ten minutes away and they live an hour. He was so special to me. Whenever I had a problem, he would read the Bible and say a quick prayer with me. He was my rock. And still is. I love him so much. Thanks for this poem and have may God bless you dearly in your life.
vanity
i lost my grandfather two years ago and it has been very trying. your poem was very touching and emotional to me. it made me think of all the blessings he gave me during my life. thank you for the chance to read your poem. i give it ten!
Jus
I just want to say this is a very touching poem. I love this one. My grandpa just passed away in septemeber. I give this poem a 10. This poem is great.
kyla
this poem has touched me alot because all that stuff has happened to me and my papa. my papa passed away yesterday at 10:00, july 7/07 saturday. straight sevens. seventh month, seventh number, seventh year, and seventh day of the week. this was the best poem i have ever read. bye!
Shay
I was on here just looking for a poems about grandpa's and came across yours. See my peapa just passed away 6/24/2007 I'm inTx and didnt have the money to go see him when we first found out he wasnt going to make it, then I gt the call two day's later he had went to be with his mother and father and son who went before him, When I got the call it was like my life just stop for my peapa was everything to me but I know he's with the one's he so long waited to see again and he will forever be in my heart. I love you peapa and miss you already.
kathy
I think that u did an excellent job on this poem. ill give u a 10. outta 10
jazz
omg i loved this poem it was so sad it has been3 years almost 4 since mine has died i know he is here 4 me but it is still hard i can stll feel his love but now my heart is broken and he is not here to repair it
becca
this made me cry so much i lost my pop on february 2 2002 and it is now 5years and it still feels as real as it was that day,, ur poem really touched me
Katie
I was 12 when my grandpa died. Its been 7 years and and I still think about him every day. I can't be in their house (grandpa and grandma's) without thinking of him and everything he did. I can relate to every word in this poem. Thank you.
Brittney
Hii. your poem touched me alot. my grandpa had a massive heart attack yesterday on his vacation in florida. he was without oxygen for 20 minutes and was put on a ventalator to make his heart pump. today they took him off. i havent heard anymore. my grnadma is still by his side in florida. and my aunt is gone to help. my mom and my family will be at the airport to get her. this is horrible. hes to young and hes the best. i miss him terribly
Gemma
I lost my grandpa when i was12 turning 13 in year 6. i also lost my best friends Dog Benny when i was 5 years old and i was very close to the dog. and i also lost my nighbours cat Doofy 2 days before xmas it was in 2005 it was very sad and now i am 15 turing 16 in july and i am still cry when i hear there names. the song Slipped Away by Avril Lavigne it makes me so sad. the day after my grandpa died i was a school and i had the most hardest times ever
austin
i love the poem. hey i lost my grandpaw 3 years ago. when i was nine. though you would think i didnt have a great relationship with him because i was young. well i did. but my grandpaw was my best friend,but on a thursday i lost him when my dad stared into my eyes and didnt know how to say it. i cryed till i cryed dryed tears. i knew that he would never be there again. that day i lost a best friend,a grandpaw, and my savior. and may god be with you and to all who loses the ones they love. god bless ya'll. i liked your poem it touched me.
melissa
very nice poem. u touched my heart. i feel so empty coz my grandpa had died today and with this poem u have given me a little bit of courage well done.
Ariell
This poem I found was very heart warming and comforting. It has now been 12 years since my Grandpa passed away and reading this poem really does explain a grandpa is a treasure a diamond in the rough. Thank you to the author for this poem it will help other young teens who have lost their grandpas to help them deal with their grief
Amanda
I lost my Great-Grandpa in November and i am having a very,very hard time dealing with it! i cried every singe day for 3 monthas after he died and im just now gettin to the point where i cry maybe every other day. im learning to deal with the situation by telling myself "he's waitin on me" and "i'll see him again" and i thank the author for her amazing work! i can relate to this poem so much and it really helps!
delfina
I like the poem. It touch my heart. I just recently lost my grandpa. Whose has been a great example to our family. He fight to the very end. But, the ill was to strong. He will be miss.
Samantha
i realy like your poem because it reminds me of my g-pa and he died a month ago.
Amy
i cant stop crying. thats exactly how i felt! my grandpa died two years ago. i miss him so much. your poem was great. xx
Melissa
amazing. amazing. This one really made me cry, I was only in 2nd grade when my only grandfather died, i'm 13 now, and boy, it seems like it just happened 2 seconds ago! (I still remember that day exactly too)
dorothy
i loved your poem it happen to me wit my grandpa he was always there for me when i needed him thge most nows he is gone but i rember everything about him he will always be missed
maritza
this made me cry cuz my grandpa died 3 years ago and it left me with pain and yes it is still hard one me because everything you said in your relationship with your grandpa was like with me and i loved this poems so much and im sorry bout what happend!i love this poem.
Doniqua
HEY YOUR POEM WAS VERY TOUCHING BECAUSE IN THESE PAST 3 YEARS I HAVE LOST TO OF MY GRANPA'S AND EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TO GRANDPA'S LEFT ITS STILL NOT THE SAME CAUSE THE EMPTINESS IN MY HEART FOR THEM WILL NEVER BE FILLED NO MATTER HOW HARD OTHERS TRY THEM SPOTS ARE FOR MY 2 GRANDPA'S UNTIL THE DAY WE MEET AGAIN AND THATS THE DAY THEM SPOTS WILL BE FILLED! R. I. P PAPA JOHN HENRY AND POP LOVE ALWAYS DONIQUA G. STRICKLAND
Gayle
This is a very powerful poem that really touched mine and my childrens hearts. See they just lost their grandfather yesterday 5/17/'06 and just last month we lost my brother 4/11/'06. It has been so hard here. This poem really touched my heart as that is the kind of man that my dad was, and know that he is as he lives in our hearts. He helped in raising my son now 15 and daughter 12 while husband and I worked. He gave so much and didn't want anything in return. This poem really fit for yesterday when we lost him. Although some is changed for here as my son and daughter are younger. He passed away in the hospital. He was 83. I know that his time was up and the our Heavenly Father called him home, but it doesn't make it any easier. I also like the poem that you might also like is the broken chain. Thankyou to the author here for putting your poem on here for others to find comfort in their loss of their loved ones, grandparents. This is truely a special poem that deserves a very high rating. thankyou. gayle m.
Autumn
This story touched in a way that is so unexsplaineable. This poem is so true because the same thing happened to me when I was in school and I felt the same way. I will keep this memory with me forever!
natalie
I give this poem a 10
sarah
your poem really touched me, because not over a week ago i lost my grandpa. i really miss him and wish i could have spent more time with him. and seeing him laying cold and stiff in that casket broke my heart he did not look like the grandpa i once knew and his skin felt like rubber. but i know hes waiting for me above.
Jaclyn
This poem touched me due to the fact that I lost my grandfather at the age of 9. And here I am 20 and just now coming to the point that I can let go.
Gisela
I just lost my grandpa he passed away 12-28-05 by reading this poem brang back a lot of memories i love him so much and i miss him a whole lot but i know that it was his time to go and i know that ill see him again sumday. but this poem was so good i loved it, it almost made me cry keep up the good work
Erin
I just recently lost my grandpa 5 days ago. He went through a lot and I am taking it hard. I was kind of closer to him than to my grandma. He's my great-grandpa. I am trying to get through it. But it's hard especially with the holidays right around the corner. Thanks!
marwa
to be ohnest with u i think that i loved ur poem to much i was also a bout to cry this poem touched my heart and now i think u diserve this message u have the gift from god so carry on and dont give up
Bonnie
I really love this poem becuase I am going though that right now!
Jessica
I loved the poem. it helped me to explain to my son why is grandfather was gone and that he could still love him and would one day see him again. Thanks so much.
jessica
This poem made me cry cause about five years ago on aug 21 i lost my pappaw i was 11 and i miss him soo much . i was always with him i used to ride with him when he mowed the lawn idk but that poem was really good .
jessica
YOUR POEM REALLY GOT ME IN A GOOD WAY IT PUT TEARS IN MY EYES BUT ALSO A SMILE ON MY FACE. I REMEMBERED BY GRANDPA! I LOTS HIM TO CANCER WELL ALL I WANT TO SAY IS TO KEEP WRITEING POEMS LIKE THE THIS ONE BECAUSE BELIVE IT OR NOT THEY HELP EVERY ONE IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER!
ashley
i lost my grandpa. i felt like i died. this poem may me think of him. it made me cry.
Julie
I also lost my papa when I was 13. I too was pulled from class and confronted with my crying mother. Beacause of this, the poem really touched me. It will soon be 12 years since my papa's death, but the pain is still fresh in my mind and heart. He guided me through so much, and I miss that. He was there for each new stage in my life. He took me to my first day at school, taught me to count etc. And now that another new chapter has opened up in my life (I'm getting married), I feel sad that he won't be there too. This poem makes me realise that others have suffered exactly the same situation as me, and that's comforting in a way, because it shows that people can go on.
uyanzaya
this poem made me cry cuz it is very same as me. i loved him more than ma mom. i was 13 when he died. now it`s been 5 years now. thank you write that beautiful poem 4 everyone who lost their grandpa
jessica
i just want to let you know that that was a good pem i lost my grandfather two years ago it was very hard cause i was there when he said his last word from this day i still misshim but i know he is in heaven looking down at me.
Kaci
I fel the same way about my grandpa, he died wen i was 4 now that im 13, he is only a memory.
Dennis
This poem touched my heart because my grampa pasted away. June 20, 2003. I hope he is watching done on me all the time. Thank YOu
kallie
This poem honstely made me cry! I had lost my grandpa after i had just lost 2 classmates. One classmate died 2 weeks before my grandpa. I miss him so much and Love him!
Krisitne
I really really really likes this poem because it really touched me. My grandpa have been battleing cancer and he finally passed away and the hardest thing i had to do was to go in and tell him goodbye and not leave anything out that i would regret not saying. I miss him so much and i was to pulled out of class and my mom and my eyes met and me started to ball and then my brother too and it hurt so much more to see my 17 year old brother cry. It was something i had never seen before.
ashley
i give this poem an A+ it was very good and made me think of my granpa, and when i lost him when i was just a kid.
Nicole
This poem is exactly how I feel w/ my grandpa. he passed away a cupple yers ago on halloween night. you helped me remember that he will always be there with me. thank you.
adilene
this is the best poem that I had heard in my hole life abvout my gandpa. It touch my heart, I started to cry. THank for remiding me about all the good times I had with him.
Mindy
I really enjoy this poem i did not know my grandpa becasue he died when my dad was 17, but everyday i think of him and wonder if we would of had these memories
Stephanie
I just lost my grandaddy on August 7,2004 and reading that poem brought back a lot of memories. I miss him so very much but I know he is in a better place and one day I will see him again. I will hang onto the memories until. " I love you grandadddy until we meet again. "
Anna
I really like your poem it touched me deep in my heart. And i understand how hard it is to lose someone.
Krystle
i lost my grandpa too and i loved him so much
Tiffany
I really like your poem my mothers grandfather past away just days ago she is in a state of depress so reading this helps her! nice job on writing it!
Trisha
every time i read this poem i star crying because it says every thing that my grandpa and i did together
Justina
This poem was very inspirational to me. I lost my grandfather when I was 13yrs. old. U did an amazing job expressing urself. That is the same way i feel about my grandfather;however my grandfather died of cancer. This was fantastic and I everything goes well. God bless u!
Analy
This poem made me cry I also lost my grandfather and this poem made me think about him.
Vanessa
Those are the exact words I have about my grandpa. Jan. 5th. 2004 is his !st. Anniversary in heaven. This poem is beautiful. Thankyou.
Natasha
That was one of the sweetest and sadest things I've heard. Whatever the rating scale is I give it the highest rating.
Morgan
I really loved this poem because i lost my papa when he was my very best friend. If i could bring him back i would but i cant. I like that you wrote this
amy
omg. awesome poem. i was only 16 when i lost my paw-paw and it felt like the end of the world. i miss him so much. your poem expresses alot of what i feel. i express my feeling like this in poems also . and i know how you are feelin . i just graduated & that was a big day in my life and i didnt see him there . and he will miss my wedding and children those are the important things that i wish he was here for. but i have many other memories to hold on to i know hes here in sprit but i just wish he was here in person. thanks for the poem . God Bless!
AMANDA
This poem touched my soul very much My grandpa died about eight years old and I was only 12 years old and at the time I didnt want to realize I wouldnt ever see him again but I feel your pain. God bless you everyday
Jacqueline
this poem was very touching. I just lost my grandpa pap-pa almost 2 months ago, i didnt think i was going to be able to go on anylonger without him he was one of my best friends its so hard when to hear people call me "Jac" because i know i wont hear people calling him that anylonger (i was named after him) You poem helped me to realize that even though he's gone he's never going to leave my heart. My pap-pa's with God now and he's happy i think we all need to remember that and know that our grandparents want us to be happy also
Lori
This poem has really hit my heart, for my grandfather too loved christmas with all his heart, and was a major role in my life, every christmas eve we spent at his house sharing gifts, food, laughter, and love with the exception of this year He spent his last christmas eve with us all viewing him in his casket, and as Amanda wrote in this poem I to am lost. It is so wonderful to see how peoples grandparents touch our hearts.
JOAN
I WAS ONLY 14 WHEN I LOST MY GRANDFATHER, AND WHEN I DID I THOUGHT THAT I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. BUT I WILL NEVER HAVE FEELING THAT WILL COMPARE TO LOSING MY MOTHER. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL JUST YOUR GRANDPA AND GOD IS WITH YOU.
NELLY
I GRANDFATHER JUST PASSED AWAY 4 DAYS AGO AND THE HARDEST THING I HAD TO DO WAS SAY GOODBYE TO HIM. HE WAS MY FATHER IN MY EYES AND YOUR POEM REMINDED ME HOW MUCH HE LOVES ME. THANKS
Laura
This poem made me cry. It reminds me so much of my grandfather. He died when i was little and i can remember how he used to baby sitt me each day after play school. I am finding it difficult to let go of him even to this day but it has helped reading this poem. Thank you
Stephanie
How much this reminds me of my Pappaw who died 10 years ago. When I was 8 mths. pregnant w/my son, I stumbled & started falling down steps. I only fell 4, when an angel that I knew would always protect me, caught me. Myself and son, unharmed. I could have fallen 15 steps. That angel was my Pappaw. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem!
Virginia
I love the poem... It reminds me of my grandfather (Dad). It helped me through his death. Thanks, Keep up the work. You are good at writing poems!
Elizabeth
I love your poem. It really touched my heart. I just lost my grandfather this past summer just before school started. Thank you
Tiffany
This poem is very beautiful. It brought several tears to my eyes. It is the exact way with my papaw. And no matter what. I try to place him in my heart, but praying and hoping he'll forever remain there, and you have answered my prayer. Because now I know That he lives close. Thank you so much.
Carlin
That peom really touched my heart
Shawn
This poem made me cry because it reminded me of my grandfather.
Elisha
I love this poem. I can very well relate to it. I hope your cope was easier than mine.
bell
i really liked the poem.everything in the poem was just the way i felt.it brang a tear to my eyes.
siulam
My grandpa was pass by also five years ago. I have the same feeling as the author and my feeling is still very strong and every time I talk about my grandpa,I will burst into tear. It's already five years,but someone that you love is still very strong in my heart.
daisy
From all the poems i have read i relate to this one the most. i was only 12 when my grandfather was murdered i hope her pain was easier to get over then how mine was.
Vera
BEAUTIFUL

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