25 January: dVerse Grandmothers

A.I. art in the style of kay nielsen or dulac. Grandmother and granddaughter in kitchen, cooking. Teapot, cups and saucer, biscuits, mixing bowl, cupboard on the wall. fine line drawing and watercolour in mute colours
A.I. Art generated by Midjourney ©Misky 2023

Granny Eunice

Granny says she’ll give me
a dish of tongues
if the screen door slams.

The screen door slams.

Fly paper swings
and snags sunny yellow
in the summer breeze.

Bacon’s frying
in curls and shrinks.
Spits. The flame jumps.

Granny’s arms are dressed
in skin and flour.
Butter on her cold fingers.

It’s a blessing to a baker, she says.

Scones. Dough
rolled. Folded in threes.
Pressed. Folded. Cut.

Granny bustles
the kitchen. Faded wallpaper.
Creaking cupboards.

This is love, it’s no thin drizzle.

She talks to
plants. Poultices
from herbs. Learn, she says.

Granny says
Little Red Riding Hood
is half a daft stick.

Granny knows about wolves at the door.
They explode continents,
and then play the piano.

And don’t drink from well –
workmen threw their teabags
down there.

That’s what Granny says.

Written for Sarah’s dVerse Poets “Grandmother” and #JusJoJan. AI Digital Art is mine and created using Midjourney’s bot (v4). **granny and teenage girl in kitchen cooking, flour on arms face, ref illustration kay nielsen or dulac, gouache, watercolor, pastel, ink, wide angle view, full width, –no chaos –ar 3:2 –q 2 –test –creative –upscale.** Image and poem ©Misky 2023 Shared on Twitter #amwriting @midjourney

30 responses to “25 January: dVerse Grandmothers”

  1. I totally love this, Misky. So many original turns of phrase. So much interesting stuff going on. This is right up there in my favourites of yours. And it makes me want to meet your grandmother.

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    1. I’m glad you like it. She passed away when I was 12. I have great memories of her though.

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      1. I was so lucky to have both my grandmothers right through to adulthood.

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  2. Interesting presentation of your enigmatic gramma’s life …

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  3. A beautiful poem..
    Is it full of memories 💜

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  4. Oh, just amazing and entertaining! I was in stitches about Riding Hood and the wolves.


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    1. Great! Glad you enjoyed it, Shay.

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  5. A wonderful poem! I love the ‘dish of tongues” – I can hear my grandma saying that too!

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    1. It’s a great phrase imo. 😂

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  6. I can see this woman, hands on hips. Full of matter of fact wisdom, and a dry sense of humour. Very evocative writing.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Sarah. Thanks for prompting memories of her.

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  7. Your description of frying bacon – I can smell it and few things smell more tantalizing than bacon frying! A delicious write! 😋

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  8. I cant tell you how much I enjoyed this poem – the humour, and the “knowing”. I LOVE the wolves playing the piano!!!!! I spent years trying to keep the wolf from the door – then let in a big black wild one who made my life a joy for the fourteen years I had him. He didnt play piano. But he could sing. Smiles.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it, Sherry.


  9. A fund of very useful information. I wonder only grandmothers are like this?

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    1. As a grandmother, I’d have to say: yes.


      1. Mothers can’t walk at their leisurely pace, maybe 🙂


  10. I love the child’s view of your grandmother in the kitchen, and that AI generated are is perfect for the poem

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    1. Thank you so much!


  11. Deliciously funny and poignant ❤️

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  12. How lovely, whimsical. I like this. Thanks.

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  13. An enchanting poem filled with little granny bits of wisdom.

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