Yesterday was my Grandfather’ s birthday. He’d have been 88. A number of people kept saying the name Walter (he was the one to bring our family name to Hawaii) , so in honor of him I got some chocolate. I was looking for something and I grabbed a dark chocolate with raspberries b/c it came with a poem. And it said to share the poem with people you love.
So Dear Reader I share with you the poem from chocolate. And here’s to you Old Buddy, I’m liking this chocolate!
The First Day by Christina Rosetti
I wish I could remember the first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me;
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or winter for aught I can say.
So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.
If only I could recollect it! Such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow.
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much!
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand! Did one but know!