“The Thief of Time” by Angela Cohan

He smiles his weak smile

As he reclines on his favorite chair

His receding white hair is a symbol of a long life

And every wrinkle on his kind face tells a different story

But at times his memory fails him

He forgets names and dates

Yet he is an eternal optimist

And my favorite person in the world

I sit next to him and stare into his wise brown eyes

“I remember you. You’re my oldest grandchild” he says to me

“Yes grandpa.

Tell the thief of time to stay away from you

Tell it to give us more time together

I want to hear more stories about your life

I long to hear you recount the stories of Moses and Joseph again.

Please stay with me grandpa

Our family will fall apart if you go away

Grandma will fall into a deep despair

and your grandchildren will slowly but surely forget your stories

Grandpa—stay with me.”

It breaks my heart when he asks me:

“Who are you?”

Angela Cohan

Photo by VC Ferry

© 2010


  1. lkthayer · April 21, 2010

    Angela, this is your best work yet, so moving, honest & heart wrenching…Bravo!! xoxo LK

  2. Julie · April 21, 2010

    Aw, sweetie. This was lovely, and so right on. I, too, have felt this.



  3. Alexis Rhone Fancher · April 21, 2010

    Angela, you have such a unique, poetic voice. Your poems never cease to move me, and take me to new or forgotten places. Brava!

  4. Roz Levine · April 21, 2010

    Angela, what a moving piece. You really captured the sadness we all feel when our loved ones lose so much of themselves.

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