How do grandmothers feel?

Socha Cohen is Sawyer Fredericks’ grandmother. Last night, Tuesday 19 May, Sawyer Fredericks, age 16, won the Voice.

Sawyer and his coach Pharrell, from
Sawyer and his coach Pharrell, from

[see previous post or NBC]

Today Socha said:

When people ask me how I feel, I am at a loss to find my own words; so, I borrowed some from Li-Young Lee in the poem below:

From Blossoms

From Blossoms comes
This brown paper bag of peaches
We bought from the boy
At the bend in the road where we turned toward
Signs painted Peaches

From laden boughs, from hands,
From sweet fellowship in the bins,
Comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
Peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
To carry within us an orchard, to eat
Not only the skin, but the shade,
Not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
The fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
As if death were nowhere
In the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
From blossom to blossom to
Impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom

Thank you Socha, for the wisdom and the poem.


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