To My Granny's Picture

Dear little Granny, let me take your hand

And thank you for the gift you gave to me--

That you could send your babies to this land

And yet remain yourself across the sea

For two long years before you also came.

There is a look of sadness in your eyes

And poignant loneliness too deep to name,

Yet back of this--I marvel in surprise--

I see a glorious faith, calm and serene,

A look of reverent courage and of peace

That you had sent them here to fields all green

And fertile with God's righteous, rich increase.

Your children's children honor you ... They stand

Holding your torch of faith in this choice land.