My Nanny M was a poet, dreamer, baker, Dolly Parton impersonator, Judy Garland enthusiast, and storyteller.
I spent a lot of time with her as a kid and there was NEVER a dull moment. Our relationship changed as I got older and it wasn’t until recently that I realized how instrumental she was in my life. She was my biggest cheerleader and no matter how long I strayed, she always embraced my return.
Hindsight is truly 20/20.
The Auth Street Series will feature original poems by Nanny.
I decided to call this project “The Auth Street Series” because she lived, and wrote, at 1927 Auth Street Philadelphia, Pa.
Each poem was published in the Philadelphia Daily News from 1989 through 1992.
This first piece she titled “Grandma’s Place.” Enjoy!
Drinking her homeade rootbeer…Sitting on Grandma’s porch…Feeling the warm summer’s breeze…Safe from the suns scorch…We sat ‘n chatted…This graying lady with a pleasant face…Who listened to my dreams…With diplomatic grace…The pine trees so gigantic…The grass an emerald green…Surrounding an old fashioned house…a picturesque dream…Swinging leisurely on a hammock…Smelling the aroma of apple trees…Listening to the crickets…Watching the busy bees…Peddling the ‘ole piano …Singing a merry tune…Eating oatmeal cookies…Those wonderful days in June…Tho’ the years of ‘ole are many…Nothing can ever replace…those serene days of simplicity…Spent at Grandma’s place.