Poem: Juicy Grandma Kisses

Updated on July 3, 2019
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Besides writing poems about troublesome neighbors, Mark enjoys exploring a variety of topics from surfing to juicy grandma kisses.


Grandmas Never Die

Grandmas never die. Their bodies may disappear but their spirits keep us company.

We still hear the sound of their voice. See the color of their shoes. The funny things they said and their wonderful memories remain in the storehouse of our minds like a fun game of Casino or a tuna sandwich on toasted white bread.

When my grandma was alive, she shared so many wonderful moments that I had to write a poem to chronicle the more precious ones. Like most grandmas, my granny was quirky, outspoken and, above all, provider of plenty of hugs and kisses.

Poem: Juicy Grandma Kisses

That grandma in the bistro
has the same old lady smell
that my grandma had—
Vicks Vapor Rub
with a hint of Mercurochrome.

I bet she's a good cook, too,
with big chunks of eye round
in her savory beef stew
and cries when she dices
a Spanish onion.

I bet she watches As the World Turns
and wears beige-colored oxfords
with ripple soles, eats Saltine Crackers
and wears dark stockings
with holes in her toes.

I bet she has a grandson like me
with scruffy hair and a pimply face
who visits her every Saturday
to play Rummy and Casino
and to chop her tuna fish.

I bet she takes small oval pills,
has cataracts in both eyes,
a heating pad for her arthritic hip
and always gets her nails clipped
by a podiatrist.
I bet she uses perfumed powder
after a nice hot shower,
wears an odd shade of lipstick,
gives her grandson plenty of hugs
and juicy grandma kisses.

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        Mark Tulin 

        11 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Louise. I hope they’re with you in spirit.

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        Louise Powles 

        11 days ago from Norfolk, England

        Oh, that's a lovely poem about Grandma's. And so very true too. I miss both my Grandmothers.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Rinita. The only stories my granny told me were of the gossip variety. I didn’t know where she learned all that stuff from. I liked the way you described your granny, that she always believed in you. Sweet.

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 weeks ago

        This poem is so warm, it made me smile. Made me think of my gran, a person who always believed in us, and told us incredible, fantastic stories, which she claimed were all true! Of course, no one cooked like her. Thank you for this sweet piece.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Gypsy. They sure are, and it’s such a comfort.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

        A most wonderful and heartfelt poem for loving grandmas everywhere. Your grandma is always watching over you and shining her love down.

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Shauna. I’m she’s up there somewhere playing a nice game of Rummy with her friends talking about the poem that her grandson wrote.

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Lori. Sounds like your granny was a hoot as well.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Mark, your grandma is smiling knowing that she's left a mark (no pun intended) on your life. She's forever etched for generations to come by this loving poem dedicated to your grandmum.

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        Lori Colbo 

        3 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

        The phenomenal poem, Mark. So nostalgic. My great grandmother was a juicy kisser and always wanted to kiss her on the mouth. We thought it gross but we loved every other part of you and you described her to a T. Well done and I loved the video. To hear the author read his own work is so much more meaningful.

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Lorna, you were fortunate that your grandmother smelled like lavender. I don’t think my grandmother knew that a lavender perfume existed back then. Glad this poem stirred up fond memories for you.

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks, Tim. Good point about grandmothers having a sixth sense. They have the special gift of knowing how to provide you with the emotional needs that you don’t get from your parents. They help you get through the tough adolescent years. At least mine did.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        I still remember my grandmothers lavender smell and your vivid descriptions took me back to those wonderful days of endless walks, sitting on her lap and lots of hugs and kisses.

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        Tim Truzy 

        3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Mark, I believe you captured the truth about so many of our grandmothers. Vicks vapor rub. Helping prepare meals, and plenty of hugs and kisses. I think all grandmothers have a sixth sense, knowing how to make their grandchildren smile. Superb. Respect and admiration, Tim

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks, Brenda. Enjoy the trip.

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        3 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Enjoyed this one. It takes me down memory lane of my own Grandma.

        Good read.


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