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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

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Art by Chip Ghigna

Family Tree

My roots are deep within you,
Growing as you grow.
My shade provides the shelter
For the new seeds that you sow.

No matter what the season,
I stand here still the same.
Come winter, spring, or summer,
My branches bear your name.

©Charles Ghigna


Linda B said...

This is lovely, and the painting too. Is Chip your son?

Doraine said...

Very nice. I love the light coming through the branches. Same questions as Linda... your son?

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you Linda and Doraine!
Yes, Chip is my son.
He's an art studio major at Auburn University.
Here's a link to some of his other pieces

Patricia taylor said...

Love it...so true and the art is wonderful! Like Father, Like Son

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Bold and striking! Love it. Poem too. (of course!)

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Patricia and Joyce.
I'll pass along your comments to Chip.

Linda B said...

Another comment! I loved your son Chip's art, especially the different approaches to trees. Just gorgeous and very alive! And, again, I love the poem, have put it into my notebook! Thanks!

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks again, Linda, for hosting Poetry Friday. I'm looking forward to following your family photo album of poems!

Renee LaTulippe said...

Such a lovely "parent" poem, and how wonderful to have your son illustrate it. Beautiful!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Great art, terrific poem. What a team! Thanks for sharing.

Jim Hill said...

Thoughtful, and very nicely paired with your son's painting.

Did you write it after seeing the painting?

Fats Suela from Gathering Books said...

What a lovely poem, Charles!! And Chip's painting is really good. :) When I read your poem, I was reminded of a favorite quote of mine about family: "The family-that dear octopus from whese tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to."

Ruth said...

Lovely! Thank you!

rena traxel said...

Beautiful art to go with a wonderful poem.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you all for your kind comments.
I enjoy peeking in on your posts and blogs
and admire all you do to help keep children
reading, writing, and imaging!