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Sing me an old-time song, Grandma

            Said the child upon my knee

Then looking up, she smiled and said

            Please sing one just for me


What do you want to hear, I asked

            She handed me a book

Just pick one of my favorites

            She said with, hopeful look


The book was old and quite well-worn

            With favorites marked in blue

Some pages were marred by dog-ears

            And scribbles someone drew


She loved to hear the songs within

            And often sang along

She was quite entranced with music

            And loved the rhymes in song


She knew we couldn’t stop at one

            She knew I loved them, too

She knew that if we opened the book

            I’d sing her quite a few


She smiled at all the happy ones

            And I could hear her hum

But when I sang the old sad songs

            A few warm tears would come


The years have passed . . . the book is hers

            Someday a child will say

Sing me an old-time song, Grandma

            Please sing for me today



9/4/88        Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck


2’nd … Arkansas NPD 1988

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I miss you girls, so very much. It breaks my heart that I cannot come and see you. 




She stands there like a thirty’s vamp

As charming as can be           

Fluttering long-lashed big blue eyes

A flirt who just turned three


7/12/00                              Gram


        (Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck)





How those blue eyes sparkle

See that impish smile

She’s full of fun and mischief

And enchants us with her smile


7/19/00                       Gram



      (Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck)





I’m wound around her finger

As small as it may be

When Hannah turns her charm on

She mesmerizes me


7/19/00                             Gram


         (Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck)




A sweet and charming liitle girl

Quiet and demure

She wraps you in her aura

And steals your heart for sure


10/19/04                     Gram


     (Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck)




I have never seen your face or smile, but I know that I would love you so. Someday, I hope to be able to meet you and write a poem for you too.

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