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A field of wheat cloaked in dewy silence the orchestra tunes up with avian arias bullfrog basses and a choir of cawing crows, xanthic sunflowers turning their heads to better see, the daylight trajectory commencing with lazuline layering, a breeze glissandoes on harps of oak leaves tomorrow is now today, and I am grateful. An officer of the law taps on my door my breath and heartbeat screech to a sudden stop preparing for the next-of-kin speech, or where-were-you-on-the-night-of-the-23rd interrogation, instead she informs me my car is ten inches in the red and with a smile suggests I move it before I get a citation pulse resumes as oxygen reunites with lungs, and I am grateful. A mask sitting by the front door; my ticket to commerce the media replaying riot scenes, lockdown measures, sporting event cancellations, worship restrictions, death tolls, closed restaurants, and drive-by graduations. Yet I am virus-free, housed, gainfully employed, surrounded by family and electronically socialized, I have my necessities: I am well-fed, well-loved, and I am grateful. written 30 Aug 2020

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Date: 10/5/2020 6:52:00 AM
Your poem radiates of truth and gratitude for things big and small...congrats on your placement. Jeanne :D
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Date: 10/5/2020 11:56:00 AM
Thank you Jeanne for the read and kind words.
Date: 10/4/2020 7:46:00 PM
congrats John on your 9th place win in my contest and thank you for entering
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Date: 10/5/2020 11:40:00 AM
Thank you for the contest and lovely placement, Francine! Looking forward to your next contest ~ John
Date: 9/4/2020 7:29:00 AM
The realization to be grateful is indeed a gift in and of itself my friend. Life is a gift , a blessing from God. Light , Love, Salvation, Faith, Truth and Promise are all gifts/blessings from the Holy Trinity. Wonderful poetry. A fav-- God bless...
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Date: 9/4/2020 12:12:00 PM
Yes, life is a gift and blessing from God. The longer I live, the less I take each day, each moment for granted. There is so much to be grateful for. "All good gifts come down from the Father of the heavenly lights". Thank you Robert for your fave and generous words.
Date: 9/2/2020 3:16:00 PM
What a powerful testimony! We have SO much to be grateful for John. I hope your entry will be successful in the competition. Continue to be safe. Love and blessings. Ren.
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Date: 9/2/2020 4:24:00 PM
Thank you for your kind review and wishes, Ren. God bless your day ~ John
Date: 9/2/2020 8:48:00 AM
Your first stanza is superb, John. It’s descriptive quality and creative use of words that I don’t see very often is well written! Your examples of being grateful resonate with many of us, and I am also grateful for these things. You should do well in the contest. God bless! :)
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Date: 9/2/2020 10:20:00 AM
Thank you for the blessing of your careful read, Laura. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated, especially from a poetess I so admire. How I miss our writer's group! Blessings ~ John
Date: 9/2/2020 7:43:00 AM
- We have so much to be grateful for ... today I have read your poem ... and I am grateful for this lovely poem ... and the sun is shining on my window ... have a happy day, John :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/2/2020 10:39:00 AM
I am grateful for such a nice comment today, Anne-Lise. I can see you are a person who is grateful for many things in life. Enjoy your day, my friend.
Date: 9/1/2020 8:56:00 PM
This last stanza holds my heart, even more than the others. They all tug at me in some way. Still, this ending is moving and tender. Yes, "I am grateful" too. Thankful and blessed. You have created a masterpiece here my dear friend. This should be printed and famed. I wish to place it in my favorites. It belongs there. I am also blessed to be here with you, through words. You are appreciated. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 9/1/2020 11:24:00 PM
Your words and thoughts are blessings, Brandy. It touches me that you would honor this with a fave and want to see it framed. Gratitude is so important to me. A virtue I am still learning. Grateful for your encouragement, my sweet friend.
Date: 9/1/2020 3:53:00 PM
you encapsuled (is that the word?) So many GREAT things: nature, being lucky and ALL THE OTHER GOOD STUFF. LOVe this . A FAVE
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Date: 9/1/2020 11:21:00 PM
Somehow I left out the word 'teacher'. If an English teacher uses a word... makes a bit of a difference doesn't it? haha
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Date: 9/1/2020 5:10:00 PM
If an English uses a word, then it's a word. Isn't that how it's supposed to work? Thank you deeply for the fave and really sweet comment, Andrea!
Date: 9/1/2020 10:10:00 AM
Oh Me Too, Me Too, Me Too! Great job here John. Love it and a winner for sure. Good Luck in the contest. God Bless, JB
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Date: 9/1/2020 10:23:00 AM
Thank you Judy for the effusive, resonating support! God bless your day ~ John
Date: 8/31/2020 2:53:00 PM
So much beauty in this, especially love the orchestra of bullfrogs and crows - and 'tomorrow is now today' - I am grateful for the opportunity to read your fine poetry, my friend!
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Date: 8/31/2020 4:44:00 PM
Glad you enjoyed the morning chorus, Michelle. You are as generous with a comment as you are talented with a poem.
Date: 8/31/2020 12:14:00 PM
What else would one need in life - if we have all theses necessities, we are blessed - so beautifully penned John my friend. Hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 8/31/2020 4:37:00 PM
Always glad we see things so compatibly, Jenny. Thank you for your gracious comments today, dear friend.
Date: 8/31/2020 10:47:00 AM
john - you have reminded me (and us all) that there are always reasons to be grateful despite everything that's going on. your first verse is poetically magnificent but your last verse says it all...
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Date: 8/31/2020 1:25:00 PM
Ah, your comment makes me feel even more grateful. This 'electronic socialization' has helped many of us get through this. Appreciate your poetry friendship, ilene.
Date: 8/31/2020 7:39:00 AM
Hi John, How beatifuuly your soul just shines through this verse. Panagiota
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Date: 8/31/2020 11:12:00 AM
Endearing words from a wonderful encourager. So grateful for you, Pangie!
Date: 8/31/2020 3:31:00 AM
Love your verse John, there is so much in our lives that we should be grateful for. We should never take anything for granted. Tom
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Date: 8/31/2020 11:12:00 AM
Amen, Tom. I always appreciate your wisdom and positive outlook.