• Liam Carroll

From Little Things Big Griffs Grow

(Inspired by Australia's greatest gravy maker)



Gather round people, I’ll tell you a story

Of a Freshie boy with a smile five miles wide

Born 12 weeks premature, a mere 986 grams

Small as an iPhone, young Griffin arrived

A moment on Mum’s belly before saying goodbye

Straight to Neonatal ICU for the fight of his life

A humidicrib his home for two long months

Tubes, monitors, beeps, nothing but strife


From little things big Griffs grow

From little things big Griffs grow

You can’t define love, only see it in a parent’s eye

As they watch their boy in the bright, bright lights

At the centre of more equipment than NASA needs

To take a man from earth and place him on the moon

And you can’t define ticker, until behind that glass

Watching your pride and joy, no bigger than your palm

Breathing through tubes, wriggling fingers and toes

Will he be alive and kicking tomorrow? Nobody knows

From little things big Griffs grow

From little things big Griffs grow


Eight weeks past, an eternity, it sure felt much longer

But Griffin never quit, just grew stronger and stronger

The doctors said finally, this little fella can go home

July 22, 2014, Freshie welcomed its new favourite gnome

Now 6 years old, that boy stands tall and fit as a fiddle

To see him laughing, solves life’s biggest riddle

What’s the meaning of it all, why are we even here?

To fight the odds no matter what, it’s pretty clear.


From little things big Griffs grow

From little things big Griffs grow


The Tawny Frogmouth would like to thank The Humpty Dumpty Foundation whose commitment to providing Australian hospitals with the best equipment helped Griffin be here today.

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