Grandmother Mary some time in the laste 1940's. Courtesy of the author.


November it is.  Remembering!

Soldiers, all who kept peace for us.

Red poppies with black centres.

And deeper layers of those in past,

Others keeping order in families

like my Grandma Burger/Mack

widowed at 1917 by flu

only eighteen with two girl babes,

Röslein auf der Heiden her dear song.

Married again five children more

rugged farm subsistance

loving swearing working

glue for family faith.

Many years later eyes shrouded

by illness and diabetes

she asks of me, eighteen years old,

the meaning of her suffering.

Humbled I stammered words

about the Altar of our Faith

about being sent to do that in memory of Him.

November it is.  Remembering.

Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ, is pastor of St. Ignatius parish in Winnipeg.

  • Paul Desmarais
    Posted at 01:42h, 20 November Reply

    Very moving poem, Frank. Thank you.

  • Paul Baker
    Posted at 06:09h, 20 November Reply

    Frank, a great picture of your grandma Mary. I enlarged the picture and saw the excitement and wonder in her face as she delighted in seeing the turkey showing off its feathers. It brought a smile to my face. Thanks.

    • R Frank Obrigewitsch
      Posted at 10:28h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks Paul.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 15:26h, 20 November Reply

    Thank you Frank!

  • Monica Storozuk
    Posted at 21:06h, 20 November Reply

    Very poignant reflection on remembering.
    I found « Roslein auf der Heiden » on YouTube. It’s a lovely folksong. I recognized many German words from my high school German classes and my immersion to Germany.
    May we always remember and keep our loved ones, both here and in the next Life, close to our hearts.

  • Ronald Storozuk
    Posted at 11:44h, 21 November Reply

    Simple and direct message. Ronald Storozuk

  • Ronald Storozuk
    Posted at 11:46h, 21 November Reply

    Simple and direct message Thanks

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 08:03h, 22 November Reply

    Your personal remembering is touching. It is also an inspiring reminder of our earlier times, and the deeper layers in a Canadian life.

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