For the Mothers of my Grandchildren: a 420 Character, 9-Line Love Poem by Patty



Moms of my grandchildren, I adore both.

The latter? It’s obvious, they’re adorable and, well, I’m the Nani, fill in superlatives.

But the Moms? I feast my mind on just how good they are at it.

Work full time. Nurse.

Keep track of the patience so there’s some left when they get home.

They’re present to use a yoga term.

They nurture to use a birding term.

They are in tune, to use a cello term.

I love you, dear mothers.





Pre-Valentine’s Day Blog Mixed in With More Ideas That Came Up with That Camels-Not News, Plus a Bit on My Child-Carrying History (a 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

What will carbon-dating of my bones show,

or for that matter a bone density test that will tell us what we “need to know.”

I hate it when they say such,

tho’ I love how science can decide issues, as in:

camel bones AFTER the time of the Patriarchs

showed they were used to carry heavy loads.

Like me.

For a while, I would haul 7 lbs in front, 15 lbs in back

while pulling 30 lbs in a Radio Flyer. Carbon-date this camel!


Storyteller Under Sunny Skies,storyteller doll by Rose Pecos-SunRhodes (Jemez), 1993, collection of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

I DON’T CARE IF THEY WERE PHANTOM CAMELS, say I, a writer who has been known to fashion the narrative a bit herself–fashion in what we now know as “the Biblical way.” (A 420 CHARACTER 9-LINER BY PATTY)


Getty Images

Images intrigue.

I mean I LIKED picturing Jacob, last of the great desert chieftains,

charge out of the desert on his camel in the dark of night

to take on that combatative angel

or to herd the sheep into the Land of Canaan

back there in the 1st half  of the 2nd millennium B.C.

Alas! Carbon-dating indicates camels are naught but poetic license,

“back projections from a much later period.”*

The image still intrigues.


*The NYT quotes Israeli biblical scholar Noam Mizrahi. The camels “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium, but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.”

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