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March 11, 2010


Cynthia Short

Julie, this is so heartfelt and makes me ache with my own remembrances of those taunting "mean kids".
Also, the yearning in the piece, to know your grandmother, and for yourself to be somehow "larger" like this woman was an extra and beautiful touch.

Anthony North

I remember taunting kids. I was - am - small, too - only 5 foot 4. Humour seemed to be my way out. I guess that's why I'm a short story writer.


What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. Thanks for sharing your words with us.


This brings back a forgotten memory of a taunting monster for me.

Uma Gowrishankar

It's a beautiful poem of a lost childhood. The child cowering from a bullying and harsh world and the old woman reclusive in old age is said poignantly in the poem.


Your poem takes us there - inside the closet, inside the condo, seeing 4'4 and childhood's eyes. This one makes me really feel.

Joseph Harker

The memory, although it might be a tough one, is a really sweet one. (I wonder what my own grandmother would have done had she discovered me.) It's also touching how you drew the connection between the two of you.

Neil Reid

Touching and genuine Julie. Thank you for sharing this moment of both childhood and now. Seems a right-of-passage so often doesn't it? And the greatest costs aren't necessarily the most obvious.

(And also why my cowboy-self-image remains in mind.)

gautami tripathy

As a teacher, I do understand the fears of a child. Thanks for writing this...

my arms around myself won't let me down

Therese Broderick

I agree with all praise above. This poem is so honest in its regrets and wounds, eliciting the reader's empathy. I love the several questions, which add to the pathos of the poem, since they won't be answered. There's a deep truth to the fact that sometimes children connect more intimately to grandmothers than to mothers. (I've sometimes wondered whether I write short poems because I'm only 5 feet 1 inch tall.)

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