Poems from your virtual great grandmother

Listen to some poems from your virtual great grandmother. I’ve been almost shocked to discover that some young people—teens and twenties, say—are actually interested in a book called How To Be Old. I’d hate to exclude them so my next few readings are kind of talking to them—I mean to you, who are so young that you could be my great grandchild. Sit back and let me read to you.

Now if you want to read the rest of the poems in this book, go to any bookstore in New Zealand, or order it online from The Cuba Press.

9 thoughts on “Poems from your virtual great grandmother

  1. Nyla Carroll says:

    I love this Rachel – love having you as my virtual ‘great grandmother’ – but you are really only old enough to be my mother! I love the one about being five on the inside….and also the discussion about bodies and aging…thanks for keeping it real! Great way to end a Friday night….Kia kaha. Nyla

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      So pleased to have your concrete feedback. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. annbarrienz says:

    I loved listening to your teeny poems, Rachel! Such fun, and so much wisdom. Some of my favourites are: ‘If I were you – I’m not’; Habits are a fine thing (am going to suggest a fog horn club to my 10-year old grandson); ‘Everything you do is very very good’; ‘The past supports us like a trampoline’.
    You’ve inspired me to return to writing some short poems of my own.
    I’m going to Unity Books later today – someone ordered my novel – and will get my own copy of ‘How to be Old’, so I can enjoy you some more.
    Ngā mihi

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Terrific to hear from you, Ann! Here lurk many fabulous bloggers. I look forward to reading your own mini poems one day. And who knows what noises a 10-year-old boy will find, after the usual farts?

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Oh and say hello from me to our treasured Unity Books!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I snuck in even though I am at least 50 years too old.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      You’re welcome!

  4. Katharine says:

    Fun, short and wise.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thanks Katherine. Did you like one in particular?

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