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The Attic
 

 
Everything old and covered in dust
Was the attic on the old homestead.
For ten long years this house had set still
On the ranch once known as Rustler’s Red.

I carefully went through Gramp’s old belongings
As to me they were treasures of old.
Like his favorite pipe, his Oak walking stick
And his pocket watch made of gold.

I came across a satchel of soft bound leather
Tied with a white cotton cord.
Releasing its knot I carefully opened its flap
And from it papers outpoured.

A slight hint of Jasmine filled the air
And did quickly my nostrils reach.
Love letters to Grandma that Gramp’s had wrote
Each beginning “To my sweet Georgia Peach”.

I took the time to read each one
Devouring each and every word.
I read of the depth of his endless love
Never had my heart been so stirred.

After finishing the last letter
I move on to the desk placed adjacent to the door.
And there found his Bible and a pair of old spec’s
And an envelope half stuck in a drawer.

Gently I lifted the Bible
From its solemn place of rest
And blowing the dust from its cover
Its contents I could not have guessed.

For as I turned over the well worn cover
A small paper was tucked inside
With the names of my boys my wife and I
And a prayer asking the Lord for us to provide.

A tear began find its way
Through the stubble on my cheek
And as I began to see the heart of this man
By comparison I seemed so weak.

Next I pulled out the envelope
Half stuck out from the drawer.
It simply read “I’ve just past the torch,
Pray for your family I implore.”

There in that attic covered in dust
I knelt down on my knees
And asked the Lord to help me to be
The man Gramp’s would want me to be.

As I left that attic and its seeming treasures,
I took with me the greatest treasure of all
A heritage past down from Gramp’s to me
One of love to help others stand tall.













By highnoon

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