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Sundown in Paradise

My blessing basket is heavy with heaven's gifts,
Tomatoes the size of my fist, eggplants so cute,
And fresh heirloom beans bursting with pride.

The sun, orange on the horizon, frames a pair of
Snowy Egrets above, wings folded in glide descent,
Angling towards their roost.

A solitary Cricket, at home in the cabbage patch,
seesaws a hypnotic greeting, then hushes
As I pass.

A Monarch Butterfly wisps past my head, enjoying
Nectar from scattered flowers. The scent of herbs,
Blossoms and love settles softly in my heart.

I know life can be hard, but this moment, just
This moment, I'm filled with such Grace from
God I only stand in humble gratitude.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 7/2/2017 7:27:00 PM
This is beautiful and I can relate to it completely. Such gratitude for what we have to see and can be at peace with.. Thanks for sharing :)
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Date: 7/2/2017 9:53:00 PM
Thanks for visiting my community garden, Heidi! this year is so exciting...purple okra, pineapple tomatoes...edible nasturtiums & italian flat green beans growing crazy!
Date: 8/30/2016 7:17:00 AM
Wow! Just brilliant Sir. You have written this great interest for the readers. Keep on going Sir. All the best.
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Date: 1/28/2016 10:12:00 AM
The bliss from this page cannot be exhausted. This is incredible and wonderful. Great lines and an awesome 7
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Date: 11/4/2015 6:10:00 AM
I enjoyed reading your work that is filled with Thanksgiving and Praise..Life can give us mountains of pleasure if we only open our eyes..Sara
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Date: 11/1/2015 11:12:00 AM
"Life can be hard," but this colorful piece is wonderfully soft. Love, daver
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Date: 10/20/2015 2:18:00 AM
I dropped by to re-read. Your excellently penned............A.M.
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Date: 10/11/2015 4:34:00 PM
A real country boy penned this. I'm one too.
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Date: 10/10/2015 10:42:00 AM
What a fine bright morn write! Colorful and quite inspiring my friend.. God's love and faith embraced gives such to ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL true believers. A7
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Date: 10/10/2015 8:31:00 AM
I enjoyed reading your thankful words once again Jim.
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Date: 10/5/2015 11:43:00 AM
These moments, like the gorgeous monarch butterfly, are gone to soon. Beautiful stuff, James. Love, daver
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Date: 10/5/2015 11:33:00 AM
You present a delightful array of images and colours, James! Appreciable blessings sent your way. #7 // paul
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Date: 10/2/2015 5:33:00 PM
What a fascinating write....I enjoy reading this friend. Your such a great writer. Wise one..........A.M.
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Date: 10/1/2015 12:02:00 AM
James, every line on this poem gives perfect voice. it's a blessing to read, this is more than words. Life is hard to confirm, however sometimes I find glory during the strongest and the toughest part of my life or days. I'm glad I stopped by to say hi... thanks for the uplifting thoughts... LOVE LINDA
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Date: 9/27/2015 10:12:00 AM
A very beautiful poem from your grateful heart my dear friend, James/Jmbo. I love it so much, the ending is great. God is really so gracious my dear friend. Thank you so much for sharing! May I also have this chance to thank you for sharing your precious time to read some of my poems and your lovely comments. Have a great day at the beautiful place of Minnesota my dear friend! I’ll be back to read more of your wonderful writes. Love lots and hugs,Leonora
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Date: 9/24/2015 4:53:00 AM
You are wise to be so thankful Jim. I enjoyed these words of praise.
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Date: 9/23/2015 10:36:00 AM
Love this late summer poem. You have used all the colorful plants and animals one needs to enjoy
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Date: 9/22/2015 6:55:00 AM
Hi James. God certainly does shower us with his wonderful creations. Your gratitude shines in this poem and fills the reader with the joy that you feel. Thanks so much for sharing...... Robert.
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Date: 9/8/2015 12:11:00 PM
The flow of your write depict imagery that convey the beauty within.. Your descriptive goes smoothly within reader mind.... A well and brilliant write........A.M.
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Date: 9/7/2015 3:26:00 AM
I've forgotten how delicately lovely your lines can be, Jim. Sorry for being remiss. A 7 and fav. hugs!
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Date: 8/30/2015 8:56:00 PM
MY GOSH, I love this one, James a BIG FAVE for this poem that brims with gratitude.
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Date: 8/27/2015 1:27:00 PM
glorious write, uplift.. huggs
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Date: 8/27/2015 4:52:00 AM
Amen lovely write,
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