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Below is the poem entitled GRAPPLING WITH GRATITUDE which was written by poet Allan Koven. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Oh Gratitude, 
Gentle as a butterfly.
You alight upon
my emotional reverie
to birth my questioning.

You have risen 
as an inward glow 
of unexpected proportions,
ready to bleed silently 
into my emotional pores. 

Oh Gratitude, ,
I sense your presence,
your cautious ambivalence 
that yearns to express 
some mystical feeling
of unknown origin.

You pull and play
inside my mind like chimes 
against an autumn wind. 

Oh Gratitude, 
Can I truly appreciate 
the acrobatic dance 
so easily played,
that allows me to indulge 
in nature's grand banquet?

And if so, shall I now,
in repetition, repeat phrases
that glorify and recognize 
the splendor of  existence;

or, do I ignore, the bounty 
of a creation little understood?

Oh Gratitude, 
Should I dismiss your pretentiousness,
those gaily colored  brush strokes 
of  memory frescoes embedded 
on the walls of my mind?
Or will you, gratitude, 
be the expressions of thoughts 
confined to a limited time; 
all held in hostage to a holiday season’s 
heightened senses of roasting fowl
curried with fragrant flavors?

Oh Gratitude, 
When the holiday day is done
and I am appeased,
will I still commemorate
the theology of my brethren 
who suggest I thank my creator
with 100 daily blessings?  

CAK 11-13-2013

Copyright © Allan Koven

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  1. Date: 12/27/2013 3:38:00 PM
    Allan,. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family. - Thanks for sharing the gratitude. Much pleasant reading this... xox..Linda

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 12/27/2013 4:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda, thanks for your well wishes. My holiday came a little earlier. Will always look forward to reading the colorful, delightful landscapes of your poetic mind. Allan
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 10:06:00 AM
    Gratitude just obtained a front row ticket in my heart, thanks to your majestic pen for which I express my.....gratitude. Stellar work, Allan chuck

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 12/22/2013 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chuck, love your way with words. Thank you for visiting. You may appreciated Once Again 2014. Have a great year. Allan
  1. Date: 12/9/2013 4:23:00 PM
    That was fantastic. An enjoyable ride full of style and images that leave the mind reeling with ecstasy.

    Koven Avatar Allan Koven
    Date: 12/9/2013 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Scott. It's nice to know my confusion leads to images that are understood. Allan
  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:24:00 PM
    The images you created here are masterful. It is easy sometimes to take things for granted and forget to be grateful.

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 12:58:00 PM
    A catch 22? It's a momentary feeling but when truly felt, do not feign. A really good one