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Oh, what an easy thought to find,
          The countless things I'm thankful for,
               Soft-spilling, joyous, as they pour
     From each deep recess of my mind ...

Like gold doubloons, they shine and spin,
          Each one a cherished treasure, fine,
               Such wealth, have I, that's wholly mine,
     Locked safe forever, deep within ...

Fast, they pass thru lifetime's sieve,
          Our loves and graces, big and small,
               And moments, rare, but most of all ...
     The grandest gift, to simply ... LIVE.




Written and submitted on November 29, 2018
For the "Thankful" Poetry Contest
Tania Kitchin, Judge & Sponsor

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 12/7/2018 5:31:00 PM
Exquisitely crafted Greg, many congratulations on your win :-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 7:02:00 PM
Thank you very much, Jan, I so greatly appreciate it, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/7/2018 2:48:00 PM
I loved this the first time round and just as much on re-reading,Greg. The gift of life is so often squandered on trivialities. Congratulations on your win. Wendy
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 7:01:00 PM
Indeed it is, Wendy, you are so right! Many thanks and blessings to you, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 12/7/2018 2:34:00 PM
Triple points for use of the word “doubloons”. Fabulous word! Oh, and the gift of life... yeah that’s pretty fabulous too. Applaud this one Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 7:01:00 PM
Oh, thank you so much, Nina, I'm pleased you liked this one ... I love that word, too! (And words in general, especially those rarely used anymore) Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/7/2018 10:56:00 AM
Life is truly the greatest gift from our heavenly Father, Gregory. This is a tender poem of appreciation, my friend. Congratulations on your win! Hugs, Carolyn
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 6:59:00 PM
That's so kind of you to say, Carolyn - thank you very much for the comments! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 12/6/2018 8:59:00 PM
Your poetry always amazes me with its beauty , depths and heartfelt verses! A fav and a pleasure to read..
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 6:59:00 PM
You are always so kind to me, Robert, and I thank you for your wonderful words and friendship! Blessings, friend! :-)
Date: 12/6/2018 8:32:00 PM
Greg, this is a beautifully written poem with beautiful imagery, congratulations on your winning placement!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 6:58:00 PM
I am so honored by the placement, Tania, and thankful that you enjoyed my poem and found it worthy. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/30/2018 12:20:00 AM
Such a humble and insightful poem, Gregory. A beauty that shows a "life well-lived" is the best blessing of all.
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Date: 12/22/2018 6:57:00 PM
Oh, you're so sweet, Carole ... I wish I could say I've lived life well, but I'm afraid I'm much too much of a mistake-ridden human being. But I thank you so kindly for the beautiful words, and I'm thankful you enjoyed my poem, friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/29/2018 6:28:00 PM
Greg, a wonderful write for the contest, a winner for sure, well done ~
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2018 12:11:00 AM
Thank you very much, Constance, that's very thoughtful and kind of you. Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/29/2018 11:10:00 AM
Great poem, Gregory: The best gift is to live in good health despite lacking funds.
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Date: 11/30/2018 12:10:00 AM
Well-said, Ralph, and I agree ... many thanks and blessings to you, friend! :-)
Date: 11/29/2018 11:02:00 AM
Dear Greg, I agree- there are so many things to be thankful for. Blessings truly are everywhere. My heart smiles knowing this fact. :) Your thoughts are so beautiful and uplifting. I am smiling along with you. Blessings to you my friend. Always. ~ Brandy
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Date: 11/30/2018 12:10:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Brandy, and I thank you so very much ... what a beautiful comment - you are sweetness, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 11/29/2018 9:25:00 AM
lovely write with a great last line
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2018 12:09:00 AM
Thank you so much, Jack! :-)
Date: 11/29/2018 9:01:00 AM
Lovely done! I agree, tis the grandest gift to simply live. Good luck in the contest, xomo <3
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Date: 11/30/2018 12:09:00 AM
Amen, my friend ... thank you and blessings, Dear Mo! :-) <3
Date: 11/29/2018 7:25:00 AM
No doubt the grandest gift indeed...A lovely take on the subject...All the best Gregory
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2018 12:08:00 AM
Thank you very much, Arturo, that's very kind ... blessings, friend! :-)
Date: 11/29/2018 5:56:00 AM
Greg, this is another exquisite poem. Thank you - It was such a pleasure to read.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2018 12:08:00 AM
Oh, that's so sweet of you, Wendy, thank you so very much! :-) <3