Claire V. Bogdanos


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, NJ, USA “SHOELESS” ( 2013 ) 2013/10/31

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:36 pm
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Coming of age In the 30’s and 40’s was a difficult time.  Prohibition, depression, poverty and the threat of a world wide war was a formidable venue to thrust upon one generation.  Between the desolation caused by the Dustbowl and the epidemic of Infantile Paralysis along with Diptheria and Rheumatic Fever, we were a nation under siege.  Remembering that penicillin did not surface until mid 1940’s, near the close of World War Two.  We survived because we believed in our God, our country, our flag and ourselves !  Small wonder the fates worshipped at our feet but we were too practical and honest in those days to pay them much attention.  Through the years my mother had this standard answer to any complaints visited upon her.  It was, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”  This obvious reference  to conditions of the era affected my outlook for a lifetime as once again her secular 8th grade education proved the power of common sense.  I now gift you with her closing line that echoes still, “this too shall pass.”

Sincerely,                                                       Claire B.


THE DAWN ( 2013 ) 2013/10/30

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:57 pm
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Welcome winds whisper sweet nothingness in my ear

While silent shards of sunlight pierce the shadows sphere

The morn has whisked away the demons of the night

And left untouched the eagerness of early light.

Thus begins anew the cycle which shall revive

Perhaps that character we all need to survive

Another day, another time, another place

Imagining the fragile dawn of human race.


EARLY WINTER ( 2013 ) 2013/10/29

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:45 pm
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Winter wind your chill voice calls

I hear the echoes through the halls

They wail and blow and heave and sigh

What will be autumns short reply ?

This season new bursts on the scene

Assuring us much to be gleaned,

Spine tingling cold and freezing rain

Historic storms without restrain.

Undaunted now I cannot wait

As day and night participate

The wind blows wild as snowflakes fall

Soon ice and snow will bury all !


THE QUESTION ( 2013 ) 2013/10/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:22 pm
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I’m on a journey I’m traveling alone

The passage is slow and the cast is unknown

It’s terribly far and sometimes it’s too dark

I must carry on though its outcome is stark.

I’ve been on this road for a very long time

How I wish it would end it’s such a steep climb

My spirit is weary more so with each day

When I’ve reached the conclusion I’ll kneel and pray.

It’s a cumbersome thought that now piques the mind

At the finish of life what is it we’ll find ?


HERITAGE ( 2013 ) 2013/10/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:35 pm
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I’ve no dreams of great eloquence or grace

My heart just sings to view your laughing face

Such joy it carries to my simple heart

Enough to give my day a blessed start.

I’m sure this love that spreads is whole and real

And feeds the courage of the hope I feel

That you’ll turn out to be the finest lad

With kindly thoughts and deeds as did your dad.


KEEP SAFE ( 2013 ) 2013/10/26

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:03 pm
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Is there some place that we may hide

With God to keep us calm inside

Free from the fear of aging pace

Another trial or pain to face,

Or distant battle to be fought

Within this web in which we’re caught ?

We’d like to think there is an end

In which both fear and hope will mend

To keep us whole and safe from harm

There in the crook of God’s vast arm !


LAST FAREWELL ( 2013 ) 2013/10/25

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:41 pm
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What shall we do

When winter calls

And those we knew

Leave empty halls ?

Secure the door

We’ve wandered thru

They’ll tred no more

Within our view.

The place they’re bound

Is far away

It can’t be found

No, not today.

We’ll need a break

And patience there

It may just take

A special prayer.


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