Three poems for Grant

These three poems from my  new book, How To Be Old, are dedicated to Grant, my ex-husband and the father of our four children. He died last Monday, in the company of his wife, Carol.

I think you’ll like these three poems, which are my way of saying goodbye. Sit back, and let’s all be glad for our relationships, and be kind to our family members in these difficult times.


4 thoughts on “Three poems for Grant

  1. Really lovely Rachel. Thank you.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thank you Peter.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I was very moved by that trio. I also divorced the father of my daughter over 40 years ago but we have stayed friends and co-parented for the whole time(including of our now 45 year old very grown and self-sufficient daughter but who gives up parenting) I will be crushed if he dies before me. He knew my parents, my friends, my young self. He knew about deciding on children, deciding on jobs, on homes, on dogs. I had not encountered these more serious poems and appreciated them very much.(I also say King and I in 1956 though I was 9)

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      This relationship is an odd one, isn’t it? When life is long, the years of despair shrink to an ever smaller fraction of the whole.

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