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From My Treasure Trove

My life, like everybody else’s, is a treasure trove
with a mine from which one’s treasures are derived.
The familial bonds we form are platinum; our friendships gold.
These are precious ores that most souls are born to find with ease.
But all of us have other precious stones we need to mine. 
They are the fruit of skills and talents put to their best use.

My treasure trove abounds with gems already -
ones that I discovered as a child.
Though rough in their natural form, most of them I opened
as I grew in understanding of God’s gifts for me.
Others not so easy to break open were able to be shaped,
for once I sought them out inside my mine
and cracked them open. . . their radiance was revealed to me.

Our precious gems, God-given, must not be squandered.
Once mined, they need to be shared.
Artists, teachers, scientists, tradesmen, leaders, even dreamers -
we all have different kinds of gemstones hidden in our mines.

Once, later on in my own life, 
I came upon a silver tool used by many different types of artists.
I’d seen it in my youth but hardly used it.
Thousands of words lay embedded in that specific tool God gifted me.
I delved into the depths of my mine and learned
that I could tap and tap the silver worded tool upon each stone,
and finally a gem would then reveal itself to me.
The more I searched for stones to tap,
The more wondrous were the nuggets that appeared -
And there were more of them than I’d believed I could ever find -
buried there so deeply in  my mine!
The art of crafting them and polishing them up
I was able to improve upon in time. . . 
and found that even those less valuable could shine!

A poet’s gems need not be bought or sold.
Displaying them with love and pride alone can be fulfilling.
How I thrill to view a wide variety of gemstones
freely shown from others’ treasure troves.
From the rarest and the clearest multi-faceted 
color-shifting Alexandrite and tanzanite,
and the most remarkable of diamonds, rubies,
sapphires, emeralds, amethyst and jade, 
down to the lowliest of onyx, quartz, garnets, or agates,
each stone has something of the poet’s soul within it,
especially beautiful when polished to a brilliant sheen! 

The more I open gemstones in my mine, the more of them I find,
and my silver-worded tool lies nearby at the ready.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 1:54:00 PM
    I think this is a most fantastic poem and will be put to one of my fav. A truly outstanding write Andrea. love phyl

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Catie's contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 12:33:00 AM
    Wow this is great, congratulations Andy love it, super cool xx

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 8:29:00 AM
    Hurrah!! My favourite piece won!!!! MY HUGE HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN MY DEAR FRIEND, ANDREA!!!! big hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 3:05:00 AM
    Wow wow wow! This is a great poem Andrea. Congrats on your win!Thanks for sharing this. I have missed so much on the soup and especially your poems and that of other poets.

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 9:45:00 PM
    Andrea, Such a beautiful verse. Your win is well deserved...You, yourself, are a treasure true! So happy to be with you in the circle of winners. Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 8:04:00 PM
    A beautiful, insightful poem, Andrea! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 7:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. You are able to morph into all these beautiful gems, depending on you mood. That is what makes you such a wonderful poet. This poem, for me, shines like a brilliant emerald!

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 1:09:00 PM
    congrats on your win Andrea

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 1:08:00 PM
    an illustrious write are that diamond

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 12:14:00 PM
    Wow ,wt a beautiful poem....congrats on ur win.... A poet’s gems need not be bought or sold. Displaying them with love and pride alone can be true....xx :))

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 10:09:00 AM
    Knew this would be a winner.

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 9:39:00 AM
    Andrea :-). Congratulations with your awesome win in Catie's "Metaphorically Speaking" contest. Have yourself a nice day~ LUV*PD

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 8:51:00 AM
    Andrea, I had no idea this one was yours. love it! Congratulations, on your win in my contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 10:52:00 PM
    Andrea, this is so beautiful. I just love everything about it

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 3:14:00 PM
    Really good one here Andrea.." these gems sparkle indeed"

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 1:26:00 AM
    Simply amazing poetry Andrea! This poem just shows the immense talent as a poet that you possess. A fave!!

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 7:57:00 PM
    very good write on gems of the mind " imagination " thank you for reading " My Sun" ;}

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 3:44:00 PM
    An encouraging write to us all Andrea. Thanks for all your support.

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 1:33:00 PM
    i remember this one, andie... enjoyed enjoyed the images and the memorable details... winning wishes and huggs!