R.I.P Nan

R.I.P Nan.

Sadly my grandmother passed away on the 28/03/2012, her name was Beryl and she was the strongest woman I have ever met in my life.
Her funeral is going to be held on the 05/04/2012 where I have been asked by all family members to compose a poem and read it out during the funeral ceremony, this opportunity I proudly accepted!
A little bit of background information for you so you all understand the poem, My grandmother had a sweet shop in the front of her house which she made her career from for 54 years! Her husband and my grandfather will be referred to as Pop, I know that’s weird but for some reason he has made all his grandchildren call him that haha!
If you had witnessed what this remarkable woman has been through in her life you would realise how much of a soldier and fighter she was, so here’s the poem I’m going to read on the day, thanks for reading! 🙂

On the 28th of March,
My Grandmother passed away,
After so many battles,
The Warrior finally had her day.

Today we celebrate her life,
The way she would have wanted us to,
By remembering the good times,
And having a pint or two.

She was such a strong woman,
An inspiration to many,
While we had daily complaints,
She never had any.

Her face always wore a smile,
She was always upbeat,
An incredible lady,
That didn’t know the meaning of defeat.

Beryl was never down,
Even in gloom she made light,
She took on any challenge,
No matter how hard the fight.

She had two wonderful daughters,
Named Dianne and Karen,
Followed then by GoldenBalls,
Better known as Darren.

She worked all her life,
54 years of owning a shop,
But I bet that weren’t as hard,
As living with Pop.

Her hair shone like pearls,
Her eyes as blue as the sky,
When the children didn’t have money,
She would turn a blind eye.

How the shop made a profit,
That we will never know,
Such a good will attitude,
That just never seemed to go.

She was always on the move,
She would never stop,
But now she can rest in peace,
As we will look after Pop.

A huge thanks to Karen, Dianne and Darren,
Who looked after her right until the end,
More than a mother to you all,
She was also a friend.

She was our sunshine,
That would break through any mist,
That will never be forgotten,
And will always be missed.

Rest In Peace Nan ❤
Corey x

67 comments on “R.I.P Nan

  1. abaddonpyro says:

    What a beautiful poem! It almost feels as though I knew her :’) May she rest in peace and my deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. Hug, A.P. xx

  2. graypoet says:

    Lovely tribute, glad to see you back.

    • ClownPonders says:

      Thank you, I’m glad to be back, there’s going to be a complete revamp of The Poetry Challenge getting posted tomorrow so make sure you check it out 🙂

  3. She sounds like she was was one awesome lady, I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

    • ClownPonders says:

      She was truly awesome to be honest!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment it means so much to us all 🙂

  4. alslaff says:

    Well done, Corey. Sorry for your loss; yet it is so good to see a loving and caring family in this age! Nan did a great job. My prayers are with you and yours.

    • ClownPonders says:

      Thank you!!!
      My family have been brilliant, everyone’s kept strong for the younger generations sake, once again thank you.

  5. bluefiadiarries says:

    Really heartwarming poem, surely your Granny will be happy wherever she is now. Extend my condolences to you and your family.

  6. Mira Jay says:

    May she rest in peace; I’m sure she’s proud of you…

  7. Such a beautiful tribute to your grandmother.

  8. OléVolta says:

    I am so sorry about your loss…
    This is an incredibly sweet post and very emotional…Great writing.

  9. shianwrites says:

    RIP to your grandmother. This is a beautiful tribute.

  10. Abby Rae says:

    Such a lovely remembrance of a well-lived life~ Sympathies to you and your family during this time of loss.

  11. dreamerboy13 says:

    condolences ❤

  12. Katrina says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, may your heart find peace knowing her soul is at reast

  13. carinaragno says:

    am sorry for your loss, healing thoughts and blessings
    beautiful poem, thank you for share
    warm hugs

  14. A loving tribute…well done.

  15. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful life and love … my deepest sympathies, and blessings to you and your family …

  16. drangedinaz says:

    I a sorry to hear of your loss. Will send healing vibes to you across the pond.

  17. tikarmavodicka says:

    My condolances to you for your loss.

    Your poem paints a beauitful tribute of a very beauitful woman. I’ve no doubt your Grandmother would be most proud of this poem to honour her memory.
    May there healing for you in remembering the good times and knowing she now rests peacefully.

  18. visionary7 says:

    Great job on the poem my man. It will definitely bring some cheers and tears when it escapes from your heart.

  19. ansuyo says:

    Wonderful tribute to your grandmother! Angie

  20. Jeannie says:

    what a beautiful tribute to your grandma! She would be proud of this I think! I’m so sorry for your loss–hugs to you!!

  21. 12kilroy says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. But well done on this.

    Also, it is good to see you back.

  22. I lost mine about 2 weeks ago on the 20th so we are sorta in the same boat. I am really sorry for your loss as well as my own. We know that family members 2 generations ahead of us will die first but it is still somehow a surprise. Now she is watching over you i think. Maybe i hope.

  23. jadedheart says:

    Absolutely beautiful, and based on your brief intro very fitting. Sorry for your loss but it sounds like you are left with wonderful memories to keep you smiling when you think of her.

  24. Thank you so much with honoring us with your story of love!
    Peace, Jennifer

  25. Sincere condolences on your loss of such an inspiring woman.

  26. Reblogged this on Namaste Consulting Inc. and commented:
    I love stories that people share of the people who they have loved and lost. I don’t think we ever get used to death, but we can be comforted by the amazing bond that we have long after someone is gone. Thank you for sharing!

  27. tattootemple says:

    May her soul rest in peace.

  28. ladynimue says:

    I hope this poems brings strength and smiles to your family.
    Your Nan will surely be smiling at such lovely dedication !

  29. So sorry for your loss hon. I’m sure your Nan would love your poem 🙂


  30. annedearle says:

    So sorry you have lost your Nan, but what a wonderful tribute you wrote for her.

  31. Your tribute poem to your grandmother is beautiful.

  32. MarinaSofia says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss – she really does sound like a most remarkable woman! You were lucky to have had her – and she was lucky to have had you write such a lovely tribute to her.

  33. lawrenceez says:

    Sorry to hear about your nan.

  34. So sorry for your loss. It’s a lovely tribute you’ve written. Your grandmother must be so proud!

  35. sued51 says:

    What a lovely tribute! Hold onto the memories and turn to them when you need strength; I’m sure she’ll be with you.

  36. ClownPonders says:

    Thanks to everyone who has commented, you have no idea how grateful I am for all your support!
    I read the poem at the funeral today and everyone loved it, it was the proudest moment of my life so far 🙂

  37. Kris S. says:

    Great job on the poem. Funny, your grandmother sounds a little like mine. I called her Mum. I wrote a poem about her here: http://milkofmoonlight.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/visiting-grandma/
    Again, thanks for visiting my blog.

  38. Ana Bella says:

    Such a great poem filled with love and respect for a woman who obviously made an impact in her world. May you and your family be comforted at this time of loss.

    You are such a great writer!

  39. rumpydog says:

    May your grandmother rest in peace. And I’m sure she’s beaming with pride over your poem.

  40. myrthryn says:

    I am sure you cried when you read it aloud. Times like these it is difficult to vocalize without tearing up. I know I would cry.

    I knew a woman much like this..a farmer’s wife, old german stock, kept a store, and was always bragging about how tough she was because she grew up in Detroit.

  41. This poem is really touching. My grandma is currently battling cancer and this just brought tears to my eyes. I’m very sorry for your loss, she sounds like a great woman.
    Also, on a side note, thanks for passing by my blog!

  42. My condolences. Euology!

  43. leander42 says:

    My Mum was a fairground boxer, she’d have got on like a house on fire with your Nan. Sadly, people like that…well…we just don’t seem to make ’em anymore. Anyway, I’m off to have a pint in memory of ’em both. Cheers.

  44. Tilly Bud says:

    A lovely tribute to your Nan。

  45. artblablablablog says:

    She sounds like an awesome woman who understood how faith works. She’s in a good place and she’s always in your heart now. Beautiful poem and a wonderful honor that has fallen upon you.

  46. May her soul rest in peace and love.

  47. What a lovely tribute – I’m sure your Nan is proud as punch looking down on you from heaven

  48. Casey B says:

    This is a perfect poem. My condolences to you on your loss…but you have done your Nan proud with this piece.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Best wishes,


  49. Wow, so endearing. Perfect poem to your grandmother. I really felt I knew her. Thanks for the following and will definitely follow. Please send my condolences to your grandmother. Sincerely, Jenny

  50. doncarroll says:

    nicely done and captured your grandmother in a very nice tribute.

  51. It’s a nice poem, and its not something that’s going to bring everyone down, one of the strange things I find about life is that death seems to capture a mournful sad side (understandably), and never really the idea that the person has lived a full rich life, this little poem captures that well a lovely little send off 🙂

  52. She will have seen this and it probably would have made her smile as she heard it being read aloud. She will always be with you, in your heart. She sounds like a wonderful woman and I expect she was a treasure as a mother and grandmother. This is a beautiful, gentle tribute, filled with love. Yes, I’m sure she smiled.

  53. Jennifer says:

    I am sorry to hear about your grandma’s passing but I am glad that you can honour her in your poetry.

  54. scratchatary says:

    Strong words, love it…

  55. boomiebol says:

    Beautiful…may she continually rest in peace.

  56. My deepest sympathies to you on your loss, take care, Kevin

  57. Whitney Rains says:

    beautiful, a great way to show your love for her.

  58. ~R.L.King says:

    wow…stopped by to thankyou for the follow, I just wrote one about my grandpa last night, so this one caught my eye. great writing, made me wish I knew her, and we always miss our grandparents, wonder if they knew the impression they left on us. ❤

  59. My condolences on your loss. It sounds like Nan lived such a full and loving life that she also prepared her family in her way to continue to live with the kind of strength and joy that she showed so beautifully. What a sweet tribute to her.

  60. What a beautiful tribute to your Nan. Thanks for the visit and follow. You’ve created yourself a wonderful space here for your posterity.

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