Grandmother’s Hair

Written for:  Sunday Muse #202 - Women's History Month

"Hello Musers! This week we are celebrating Woman’s History Month, and featuring several images along that theme.  You can pick the photo that speaks to you, or if they all do, use them all!"

“The Two Generations” by Le Quang Thai
Small, dark-haired
girl concentrates
on her task, serious
as her mom when braiding
her daughter's hair.
As she gently runs 
a comb through
her grandmother's hair,
she wonders how this
ancient woman could
have silky, silver
tresses that glow
under the lamp
light in her small,
neat bedroom.  When
she is older, will
she have hair 
that shines like

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Grandmother’s Hair

  1. tie-dye vibes says:

    This is exactly how I felt about my mom’s silver braids in the years before she died. Her hair was never more beautiful than in her years of greatest suffering.


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    A sweet poem in response to a lovely picture. Loved it, Sara.


  3. kaykuala says:

    When she is older, will
    she have hair that shines like

    Love your assertion of the long-standing respect and awe of an elder by the younger set. This feeling of affections may not be so apparent these days. Great word craft Sara!



  4. Sadje says:

    So beautifully written Sara


  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    This is lovely Sara and I love the closing question!


  6. msjadeli says:

    You took us to a beautiful place with your poem, Sara. Brought tears to my eyes.


  7. wyndolynne says:

    A warm moment well-captured.


  8. Truedessa says:

    Lovely take on the photo. It made me think of my own grandmother, how I miss her.


  9. Syl says:

    A lovely moment, carefully caught in words…
    So often have I wondered if I would be like my gram… The answer is slowly growing: yes!


  10. Helen Dehner says:

    This is such sweet poetry … sigh~~~~~~


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