Quinn “The Mighty”

My grandson, Quinn, is celebrating his birthday in two weeks. Here is the poem I wrote for him last year. I’m beginning his new poem today. I wrote about this tradition in an earlier post. I know this is cheating; I wrote this poem a year ago, but I am using it for inspiration. Last year my husband and I were on call to collect Quinn from school when neither parent could  without shuffling a million things. We were happy to do it, of course, but the big pay off came when Quinn would see us. He was always so thrilled we were there!

I patterned the poem after the introduction to the old TV series “Superman.” Anyone out there remember the spiel? (Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. “Look up in the air. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. It’s Superman. Superman, who can change to course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way!”

Quinn’s Uncle Brian calls him “The Mighty Quinn,” after the song of the same name. So, I used that title.

Quinn “The Mighty”

Faster than a speeding bullet:

The mighty Quinn

Bursts through the school doors,

Yelling, “Pop-Pop, Pop-Pop

I’m glad you’re here!”

More Powerful than a locomotive:

The Mighty Quinn

Pushes his way into our hearts

Spouting witticisms, questioning,

Listening, being himself.

Able to leap short Mom-Moms in a single bound:

The Mighty Quinn

Jumps into my arms

To greet me with hugs and kisses

Every time I come to visit.

Quinn, Who can change a gloomy day

Into a bright one.

Quinn, Who can invent rules for

Any game he’s playing,

And who, disguised as a First-grader,

Is a never-ending source of joy to all of us.

Happy Birthday.

Love, Mom-Mom







8 thoughts on “Quinn “The Mighty”

  1. This poem is so wonderful, Diane! I love this tradition of writing poems to your grandchildren. It is such a great gift – ones they have probably saved over the years and will forever treasure. The use of the Superman structure here is so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I adore two things about your post! First, the way you weaved the Superman introduction into the poem, and second that you connected the poem to your grandson. Nice slice!

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