Claire V. Bogdanos


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA “LONGEVITY” ( 2013 ) 2013/08/31

Filed under: HISTORY,POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:03 pm
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I awoke this AM from a dream of a long ago memory !  It was spring 1936, I was a little girl in a pretty ruffled dress at the wedding of my mothers only sister to a man who always smiled !  Tho’ they were both a bit old for the occasion !  Now I believe there must be a reason for the dream, never dreamt of them before !  My Aunt Olga must not be confused with “old” Aunt Olga, this was my godmother, born in a flat on Willow in Hoboken, March 25, 1910, Good Friday.  My Pop called her his “hot cross bun”.  As a girl she played piano and soloed as a choir soprano in several local churches.  Exceedingly ambitious, graduated from Katherine Gibbs,    she became a bilingual court stenographer and translator in N.Y. court system.  She met her future husband, college graduate and rising “management” at Hanover Bank downtown.  Of course their “paradise” ended with Pearl Harbor, as Selective Service rapidly drafted 1 A’s,  single, married, no children, college degree, those on the edge of age 38, before they avoided  draft eligibility.  My uncle was fluent in English, German and French, he became part of the cadre of those administering  justice and prosecution of war crimes, an experience from which he never truly recovered !  My aunt became the companion and driver of Anne Morrow Lindbergh when she lived in New Jersey years ago and loved her job.  They worked hard, were kind and loving, sharing a long life together, entering the Bergen Pines Veteran’s Home where they both died in late 90’s.  Rare indeed, yes?  The greatest generation !!

Sincerely,                                      Claire B.


WISHING ( 2013 )

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:42 am
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I’m dreaming here with all my might

From early morn to darkest night

My courage failing like some child

Who’s seen his hero’s fame defiled.

Oh small sad sight, I worry much

That I will lose my magic touch

And miss the hope that will be gone

If there’s no star to wish upon.


ACQUAINTANCE ( 2013 ) 2013/08/30

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:42 pm
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I count among my friends as best I ever had

The first of all is God and then my mom and dad

I know you’ll be surprised but this is truly so

A friend is always there no matter where you go.

When I was just a girl, my dad he went away

He never really left, I speak with him each day

I know he will not answer we are worlds apart

But I can feel his love because he’s in my heart.

And as the years have passed my mom has joined his side

To leave me all alone impatient here outside

Some day it will just happen I shall join them there

We will be as one with eternity to share.


FINAL JOURNEY ( 2013 ) 2013/08/29

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:40 pm
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When life’s journey is ending it’s a task too hard

And time to place your burden in the care of God

Praying for the help to lift the cumbersome load

Too much for one person on life’s ultimate road.

So raise your glass high in this last toast as you leave

Say your farewells with truth that we need to believe !


ENOUGH ( 2013 ) 2013/08/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:08 pm
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I’m so tired of war and rumors of war

That I find myself severely obsessed

With the thoughtless acts of a heartless core

Who strut about with much power possessed.

Can’t we return to the lost days of yore

When men had the courage to fight distress

And agree upon an alternate door

As the waste of war did wisemen impress !


REBORN ( 2013 )

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:50 am
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Ever after once in awhile

On the darkest day to be found

The hidden sun reveals a smile

And the earths gladness does resound.

In but an instant here and there

You can note an ecstatic sight

The sun peeks thru the sudden flare

And our wee space glows ever bright.

A world that’s drowning in darkness

Lurks about like the stranger lost

To seek hearts bearing true kindness

While not discounting the cost.

The clouds break together once more

Simple as day following dawn

And our strengths grow stronger before

We renew our faith as reborn.


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA “CHICKEN OR EGG” ( 2013 ) 2013/08/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:26 pm
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Which came first ?  You’ve heard the rhetorical question a thousand times over the years.  I think the answer is more complex  than it appears !  However it was answered for us many  millennia ago by the recorder of  the book of Genesis in the very first chapter.  One of the secrets of the Bible as a literary work is a “colophon” the signature or mark of the author of a chapter, section or verses.  It is never missing but one must learn to discern each writer’s  grammatical mark of ownership.  I am inclined to believe that we are the generation of the  “feet of clay” spoken of in Daniel,  chapter 2.  My favorite part has to be the handwriting on the wall,  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN;  thrilling,  TEKEL; PERES;  if I were forced to choose,  Daniel would be my favorite after Ecclesiastes !  I think !  But you can ask me again tomorrow.

Sincerely,                                            Claire B.


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