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Day One

Day one
The day that changed my life
Sent me on a different course
Became a life force
Informed my future direction
Helped me make better selections
No longer living in a place of correction

Before that day
I was never good enough
Life treated me rough
I believed 
I was not made of good stuff
I longed to disappear
Better if I was never here
I had resided in a place of fear
Until that one day

One day
That day
A teacher
Believed in me
Let me know I was more
What life had in store
He reached down to my core
Like a parched desert
I drank it in
Let his words fill my heart
Permeating every part
How we finish more important than where we start

All it takes is one
One person
One day
New notes will play
Lives can change in that way
I am so thankful
For
Day one


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  1. Date: 7/8/2013 5:30:00 PM

    Congratulations on this doing wel in the contest, I'm pleased it did. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 7:10:00 AM

    Congratulations Richard.....such an outstanding poem...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/7/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Donna
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 5:11:00 PM

    Richard, I am very touched by this poem. I am thankful for all my Day One's...congrats on your win :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/7/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Me as well Karen
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:21:00 PM

    this is one cool poem, CONGRATS, love Skat

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/7/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks SKAT
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 11:30:00 PM

    Richard, thank you for your day one entry and win... congrats!!! :-) From: Linda

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/7/2013 7:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda
  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:14:00 PM

    This reminds me of a teacher we had, we called him 'Holy Joe' but he remains one of the few I can still picture in my mind. This is a lovely write Rick, and a fine tribute to both of you. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/1/2013 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Richard that is a nice thing to say.
  1. Date: 6/30/2013 6:07:00 AM

    One day can evolve into day 1 if we reflect back on our past, and the importance of those who made the difference. Great write as always

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/1/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank Kim
  1. Date: 6/30/2013 5:52:00 AM

    I loved the word "teacher" you embedded in the 3rd stanza. It's perfect! Only few people this day are ready to live to being honest and kind in their works and in their actions. I'm glad to I know you through your works. While I wonders if any one know me through such. Good luck. AO

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/1/2013 5:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Most importantly God knows it, no other opinion maters in the scope of that realization..
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 7/1/2013 1:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perhaps only you know this. My Doubtless you commented was spiritual, honoring God, the Almighty. Thanks for your visit. I don't know why my comment appeared twice on your work. The same thing happened to one of my poems I posted yesterday.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/30/2013 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I feel I have come to know your heart through your comments as well as your poems. From where I sit I see you to be a man of honor and compassion. You are emotionally generous and you love God. This is a powerful combination.
  1. Date: 6/30/2013 5:47:00 AM

    I loved the word "teacher" you embedded in the 3rd stanza. It's perfect! Only few people this day are ready to live to being honest and kind in their works and in their actions. I'm glad to I know you through your works. While I wonders if any one know me through such. Good luck. AO

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/1/2013 5:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No need to me sorry my friend.
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 7/1/2013 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm so sorry for this.
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 7/1/2013 1:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll leave this one like this. I think you would forgive me in advance, Cos I will delete two out that Doubtless. Meaning that your valuable comment will be deleted as well. AO
  1. Date: 6/29/2013 5:04:00 AM

    A teacher, my friend Richard, may affect eternity, certainly he could affect our life! Great work, wonderful message! Thank you!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/29/2013 7:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Demetrios
  1. Date: 6/29/2013 12:19:00 AM

    Hi, Richard...yes...the learning never ends. Sometimes our best teachers are not the ones we had in school, but those who taught us in the school of life. Lately I'm learning to keep things more to myself....the world is not interested. This is a great poem. I had read it before but wasn't up to posting. I read everything you write though I may not always post. This is very moving. As teacher, I found comfort in it. To answer your question, it is 9:17 am. Have a good night, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/29/2013 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Personally I would go with the real you, we can not control how others react but still we should be true to ourselves. In the end the people who really want to know us will make it worth while.
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 6/29/2013 7:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi RIchard, my post goes beyond the writing. I'm talking about life in general. I've learned that openness and honesty are not appreciated. When I was programming manager for a Christian TV channel, the two negative points my boss had in my evaluation were that I was too honest and too kind. No need to share and become vulnerable. No need. I've had a week's hiatus..spring break. Summer session starts on Tuesday...I'm going in a different me. Thanks for the post.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/29/2013 12:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read all of yours as well. I do not agree with the not interested part. I think your present view may me clouded as all of our views become from time to time. I have moments when I wonder why I write and if anyone cares and knowing a friend is reading makes it worthwhile. Thanks for being a friend.
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 11:59:00 PM

    Oh, very good, Rick. I love it! I am so glad for you for that one person who did make a difference. Awesome testimony :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/29/2013 12:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Toquyen. It was in the same year that I started to read the Bible. There are no coincidences.
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 10:40:00 PM

    wow~ today I am loving the soup. this is the 6th day one poem, i've come across. and everyone took a pen and shared different day one VIEW's................. and the whole time my sis thought everyone would start with the day of birth. you did good Richard ~SKAT~

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/28/2013 11:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks SKAT, I hope Linda enjoys it as well. Good night.
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 6:16:00 PM

    Oh Richard thank you for this....my sister is a teacher and has been for twenty five years....science, eighth grade....this is for sure a top winner..and I promise to you I didn't read this until I had already posted mine...funny we both kinda had the same idea...I think we are on the same set of brain waves..

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/28/2013 7:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That explains it, I read your poem and was confused by the comment you posted. You could have left it the same, I am not the only one who has been helped by a teacher. Tell me about your experience.
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 6/28/2013 6:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Me again....changed mine a little...since you posted first...it's an awesome poem Richard
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 1:53:00 PM

    inspiring work and a great dedication to mentors who spread our wings... just beautiful!..:) huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/28/2013 7:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Nette, this teacher probably saved my life.
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 11:00:00 AM

    great poem and what a tribute to your teacher! i wonder if he/she knew the effect he/she had on you...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/28/2013 7:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I called him when I grew up, he did not remember me but that was okay, I just wanted him to know he made a difference.