Thursday, June 13, 2013

Grandfather Step

My grandfather 
was a stern man —
absolutely no sense of humor —
something of a quiz master
suspicious and critical
certain that he was right about everything

I wasn't the only one 
who was afraid of him

But I'm glad
to have him living with me now
inhabiting my top step
just outside the front door

I noticed him the day we moved in
29 years ago next month

"Blue," I said, "meet Grandpa Joe"

we stood there
on that step
and pounded our feet
just so he would know
for sure
that we got it 

acknowledging his spirit
and oh yes
we understood he would 
be watching over us

not exactly approving

but protecting his own