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Counting Every Blessing

I thank our Lord for the blessings bestowed:

There is a roof over my head; I’m not living in a cardboard box
Even though my wound still oozes, my skin cancer was completely removed
My fingernails are unusually strong and I have emery board access
The food I eat may be cheap and meager, but at least it keeps me alive
Although I have metatarsalgia in my feet, I can still walk on them
My feet may hurt most of the time, but the tumors in them are benign
Much free time is mine because little work is available
How lucky I am to have friends who will laugh and cry with me at life’s troubles
I appreciate the ability to love and show compassion
Thankfully, I don’t drool too much when I eat
There is no worry as to how my money will be spent because I have none
I’m grateful I have faith and do not fear physical death
Although my cholesterol is 386, my heart still beats
I am blessed that I have eyes to see, though as years pass my vision blurs
Ears to hear, but people have to speak louder as I age
A nose to smell flowers when obnoxious odors do not overcome
A voice to speak when someone cares to listen
Taste buds that delight in chocolate, but are repulsed by medicine
And most of all I am blessed with a sense of humor

* For Dane Ann’s “Blessings” contest.  (Yes, my cholesterol truly is that high.)

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/21/2014 9:00:00 AM
    Carolyn This is such a wonderful write of how you see your troubles as the opposite of what they are. You are grateful for the things you have. Thank you for the great comment on my Imagination poem.

  1. Date: 5/31/2011 12:00:00 PM
    I am pained to know that you have so many problems Carolyn.This is a very good poem..

  1. Date: 10/27/2010 10:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Dane Ann's contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 9:24:00 PM
    What beautiful list of blessings dear friend. Many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 8:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Dane Ann's contest Carolyn ;) love Wilma

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 12:28:00 PM
    My congratulations on your win in Dane Ann's Contest, Carolyn.. ...Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 12:24:00 PM
    oh my goodness Caroline. I can't believe you have so many troubles and are still able to see your ills as blessings and or a subject of humor. congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 12:20:00 PM
    Congrats on win.........Luv/Best wishes......Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 1:06:00 PM
    Imagination and reality merge and unmerge to recover my compassion so long submerged under the pain of unfulfilled urges. Poetry is honesty, and its honesty is its beauty ... so this has a lot of both, Carolyn. I love it

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 10:56:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn.I like this I can identify with it and with you being seriously ill and disabled myself. Although I can tell you have a lovely sense of humour I also get a great sense of your faith and courage which must inspire many people.Thank you for your comments on my first entry but I feel I must put things straight. Iwrote purely from empathy from close friends experiences not my own.Iwould also like to add please watch your cholesterol the world needs people like you. LOVE june x

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 5:21:00 PM
    Hi Carolyn.I like this I can identify with it and with you.I agree with your last line ,yet I also get a strong sense of faith and courage.You are an inspiration to others. Keep smiling and take care.With love June.

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 4:03:00 PM
    I like this write, Carolyn. You and I have quite a bit in common. Good luck in the contest and thanks for sharing. Watch that cholesterol though, my friend. Caroline.

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 8:19:00 AM
    Thinking of you always and with positive thoughts. Keeping that sense of humor with all you've been through - wonderful! Love, Dave

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 7:02:00 AM
    I love that you have found the recipe for lemonade Carolyn ! *smiles* Great write dear poet ! Much love, james

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 6:29:00 AM
    Carolyn, I just love your attitude.. Positive even with all the adversity you still see the blessings.. Awesome uplifting write, all the best for the contest.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 6:23:00 AM
    Very uplifting thoughts on count his blessings, Carolyn, Good luck

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 9:03:00 PM
    And above all this, your friends are blessed to have you in their lives, Carolyn...a genuine friend worth more than gold. A winner if I ever saw one. God bless. Much love, Audrey

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 8:10:00 PM
    Carolyn; It is a rare person who can face such adversity and remain in such good humor. Your poetry and wonderful comments reflect none of the problems you are facing. May God keep you close to His heart! Wayne

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 8:04:00 PM
    Sorry that you are having a hard time right now. For your comment, I can't get someone off my mind either. I am glad you liked my poem because nobody has ever read it that I can think of. It was written a long time ago. I kind of had to find the right direction myself.

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 7:53:00 PM
    I love how you "see" those "little" troubles!! : ) I can relate to this line:"There is no worry as to how my money will be spent because I have none" : ) Good luck in Dane Ann's Contest. Take care of your Cholesterol, young lady! Ruben.