The Wolves
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ghostfulWhat I feel is what you get
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A story to my grandfather...

The Wolves

by ghostful

I have a mantelpiece grandfather

The kind that sits there

Fewer creases in his weathered face

A ghostly youthful smile

On the mantelpiece he sits with my mother

The smooth rounded face

Of a child between her father’s knees

But she is creased now

Hanging onto the phone

That no longer rasps “I love you”

My grandfather was a tall but gentle man

His sharp English tone of voice

Through a greying bristled mouth

But when I was small

We made blue and green snakes out of Play-Doh

He would roll them round and round

In his big coarse hands

Making them slither up my arms

And across the table top

For hours on end

But he never tired

He was all ever smiles

We used to go to the woods

To hunt for the foxes

To hunt for the wolves

Howling into the shadows

Listening for the twitching of leaves

We never heard a thing

My grandfather though...

...ended up in a very different neck of the woods

Where he had once stood tall amongst the trees

He became small, skin tight and pale

And lord, how we all grieve...

Grandfather I never got to hold your hand

We didn't know cancer was lurking behind those trees....

But we will always remember you

For who you were before you left us...

We are Play-Doh hearts

And you grandfather....

You're running with the wolves

I know you are

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10 months agoReply
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

ghostfulGifted WriterWhat I feel is what you get
10 months agoReply
@anominous It's horribly losing someone, I feel for you. Wolves are fantastic creatures and always remind me of my grandfather. Thank you so much!! :)

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10 months agoReply
@emazzarose Thank you!! :)

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10 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil I'm sorry to hear that! This one means quite a lot to me, been wanting to write it for a long time. Glad you found some comfort in it :) Thank you

ghostfulGifted WriterWhat I feel is what you get
10 months agoReply
@tatcat Awww thanks Pink xxx

emazzaroseI love to write poetry and short stories
10 months agoReply
Amazing!!

10 months agoReply
As a person who has lost someone I know how you feel. This story has a magical touch deep within the words, crafting each and every sentence into a masterpiece. As a individual who is associated with these magnificent creatures often, I really love the ending. We close the story with almost a enchanted feeling. Awesome work!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
10 months agoReply
This was so finely crafted that alone took my heart. The images your words evoked were crystal clear. The pictures only enhanced what you had already planted in our minds. As a granddad dying from an autoimmune disease, I was particularly touched and comforted bym your poem. I loved it. Great work!!!!!!!

tatcatSilently felt
10 months agoReply
This is beautifully written.