Claire V. Bogdanos

Acceptance,Knowledge,Love,New Chapter,Process,Wisdom,

A HISTORY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/29

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:08 am
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When I was young and eager and my world was oh so new

I fell in love with ideals as young persons often do

And found myself those heroes I would keep my whole life through

Now one of those was Nehru, to his values he was true

Then there’s Walter Reuther whose murder didn’t spin a clue,

General George Patton, the hero all red, white and blue !

Who recalls Doug MacArthur and the victories he drew

As he saved wartorn nations for the many from the few

Next came Kenneth Galbraith and economies that grew.

Teddy Roosevelt was keen and a giant prone to spew

Who made Panama Canal a reality to view,

Then Christ who made the promise I’m still looking forward to !


CASUALTIES OF WAR ( 2016 ) 2016/02/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:17 am
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It was a very pleasant day

I saw a man he walked my way

He had a limp that I could see

He ambled past and smiled at me.

I know I’ve seen him times before

He used to pass right by my door

There is a place just down the street

Where homeless vets all go to meet.

There are some benches in a row

They sit there chatting to and fro

It seems to be their meeting place

They smoke, they read, talk face to face

It seems so sad to me that they

Have nowhere else to spend their day !


FALSE JUDGEMENT ( 2016 ) 2016/02/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:57 am
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There is a line one must not cross

To do so would compel a loss

Both pro and con may fight the war

From outside in right to the core.

Take care you’ll find one does not win

When truth is based upon a sin

The Lord has eyes based everywhere

To judgements make both just and fair !


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J , USA ( 2016 ) WHY A PRIMARY ? 2016/02/26

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:46 am
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EXCUSE ME but today is my birthday and I am encouraged to remember that I am imbued with old fashioned truth and the honor of my immigrant heritage.  I’m an American who dearly loves my nation and its culture.  I’ve raised a large family who share my values and of this I am proud.  In these last 85 years I have known too many wars.  I’ve had my share of patriotism, sadness and salvation, above all I continue to respect my God and my countrymen.  There’s been a lot of experience and living in all of these past years, stories beyond counting, from a family crossing an angry ocean a long time ago on a three masted ship to the tragic destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001, from Pearl Harbor to D Day to the explosion of the Challenger, and so much more.  And yet here we are battered and sullied but not beaten !  For we are made of sterner stuff.  Come join us, vote in this primary perhaps for the first time !  I hope you are aware that we don’t actually vote for the presidential candidates of our choice but for the delegates who represent them called electors, who by the way, do NOT have to elect the candidates they have been promised to, which has happened in the past !  This is why we must vote in ALL elections, please read online about the Electoral College and learn about this strange phenomenon, won’t you ?  Do you comprehend exactly how fragile our freedoms are ?     Sincerely ,      Claire B.


NOT FAIR ( 2016 ) 2016/02/25

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:20 am
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We little know or can surmise

What fate will bring or life surprise

Each day begins with a clean slate

That offers chance upon its plate.

A new beginning one and all

The chips of life await the call

But who will win or who will lose

I do not know who gets to choose.

Enough to say I cannot bear

Too many times life is not fair !


AQUATIC ALLEGORY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:23 am
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If I were a goldfish in a large round glass bowl

I’d circle water all day long ’til I was old

I’m sure it would be lonely, morning, night and noon

Who is there to rescue me from my own lagoon ?

Since it possesses no front door, none I can see

It might take a giant flood to help set me free

Best that I can wish for is on one special day

Someone brings a goldfish to visit here and stay !



POSSIBILITY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/23

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:44 am
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I wish I had a magic cape

That I could use for my escape

From this old world that’s full of tears

And struggles greatly with its fears !

I’d rise above the clouds so high

And sail the currents in the sky

Perhaps I’d fly to Neverland

Now wouldn’t that be fine and grand ?

What shall be there, what will I see,

God’s Promised Land, eternity !



CULMINATION ( 2016 ) 2016/02/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:26 am
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Oh what a waste all wars must be

God’s lesson in futility

The silence of the gentle folk

Whose fear these fatal times invoke,

Oh would that they might wish away

The consequences of each day.

Like the last prayer the dying said

These final words ere they are dead

With all the faith they place in them

Next year dear Lord, Jerusalem !


WARNING TO ALL ( 2016 ) 2016/02/21

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:27 am
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I hear the wind move through the trees

There sounds a voice that speaks with ease

I sense my name, I halt and heed

For I’m a child of God indeed.

The world about doth now resound

And trembles with a fear profound

The earth it rumbles neath my feet

Anon God’s plan will be complete

Warning to all, the heavens vow

His time to come twill soon be now !


IDENTITY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/20

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:08 am
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I knew a man once long ago

Who told me that life was a show

Where ego pranced upon the stage

Like temper tantrums or a rage.

That some preferred an audience

To fill their lives with confidence

While others still opted to be

The bastions of hilarity.

That underneath we’re all the same

With each one playing at the game

Some quiet, thoughtful, strong and bold

Or loving, kind, a heart of gold.

There is no gauge to measure man

We all make do the best we can !



FORGOTTEN DREAMS ( 2016 ) 2016/02/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:42 am
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There is a path that each must take before life’s walk is done

A lonely trek devoid of light and only trod by one

It’s filled with fear and saddened thoughts or is that how it seems

For who has not cried in the garden of forgotten dreams ?


DO THE BEST ( 2016 ) 2016/02/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:54 am
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Days are flying like leaves in a storm

All tempest tossed so lost and forlorn

The winds of time move across the land

Like an army under God’s command.

Is anyone sure that we’re not alone

Or which role to assume on our own

How foolish it is to thump on our chest

It is but God who will do the best !


MUTINY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/17

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:42 am
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The sands of time slip fast away

To herald passing of each day

The seeds of life lie in decay

Among the remnants cast away.

Where is the truth we know to be

Tight bound in chains across the sea

Who will escape this mutiny

And who at last shall set us free ?


FROZEN ( 2016 ) 2016/02/16

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:43 am
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Today I’d rather stay in bed

And pull the covers o’er my head

I won’t adventure from my room

Except to make food to consume.

I can’t recall when last I heard

That global warming was absurd

Right now I don’t mind where I go

As long as it is void of snow !


KNOW-IT-ALL ( 2016 ) 2016/02/15

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:05 am
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There is one fact that I observe

In friendships that we would preserve

If you speak somewhat softer now

T’would seem a better job somehow.

There’s no such thing as always right

There is but proper and polite

Try please to keep an open mind

For greater knowledge you may find,

There are some limits to recall

As none should be a know-it-all !


TO FLY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:04 am
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Quite clear to see

It’s only me

Lost and confused

Not much amused.

No will to fight

Far left or right

Great passion there

Full of despair.

A lonesome place

One dare not face

Too late to try

By chance to fly !



MY BEST FRIEND ( 2016 ) 2016/02/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:59 am
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I’ve traveled on life’s byways with stops along the way

And traversed many highways before the end of day

I’ve wandered far too long searching for the rainbow’s end

While asking God to help me to find my lifelong friend.

I lost my pal not long ago, I wish she were here

So I could say I miss her and why she was so dear

Perhaps time will tell if we shall ever meet again

But I’m not worried yet cause I still remember when !




BEAUTY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:18 am
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The pavement’s wet with falling snow

The cobblestones all seem to glow

The streetlamps shine their welcome light

Upon this quiet snowy night.

The flakes drift down no two alike

Afar I hear the muffled strike

As hands upon the town’s tall clock

Declare midnight, tick tock, tick tock.

Quite peaceful as this seems to be

With scant hints of fragility

Tis sad that we may never know

All of the beauty God does show !



LONG LAST ROAD ( 2016 ) 2016/02/11

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:36 am
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I have wept alone but a million tears

And battled with close to a thousand fears

I have argued in vain a hundred ways

And struggled and lost for too many days.

I have wakened often in darkest night

The victim of unreasonable fright

I have said my prayers aloud to my God

And have asked for aid and a gentle prod.

I am sure that He will always be there

Through the bleakest night or a day quite fair

I shall beg His help to carry my load

And to stay with me on this last long road !


FORGIVE ME ( 2016 ) 2016/02/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:22 am
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Lord who am I to offend Thee

I’m one that’s full of sad regret

I am neither great nor pithy

And likely sometimes to forget !


UNREAL ( 2016 ) 2016/02/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:33 am
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Tis long I’ve followed yon beckoning star

To seek I think what is the road too far

Since I’ve traveled long and I’ve traveled wide

And know the secrets that I need to hide,

Though all lessons taught were perfunctory

Yet each day held oh so much more to see

As the time wore on I’d begun to feel

What life’s all about is portrayed unreal !


HOW FAR ( 2016 ) 2016/02/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:03 am
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Sometimes I fear I cannot bear

The lonliness of life’s despair

I see the children on the street

Their vacant eyes dimmed by defeat.

Compared to those of long ago

When ambition was clear to show

With spunk and guts they vanquished fear

While spirits channeled strength and cheer.

They did not cower in some cave

But learned how proper folk behave

They mimicked those who came before

They worked and saved and worked some more.

They learned the language, customs too

Embraced the challenges they knew

And in the end their courage won

Look now to see how far they’ve come !


DAYDREAM ( 2016 ) 2016/02/07

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:18 am
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The afternoon light sifts through the curtain’s lace

I feel the warm shadows skirt across my face

While sunrays flood specks of dust into my space

And for one moment, I soar above life’s race !


INFINITY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/06

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:28 am
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The madness of this world we see

Leads us close to infinity

Could be that war is imminent

This is the thing we must prevent.

Let’s pray to find another way

Not black or white but shades of gray

There needs to be a middle road

Some method used to share the load.

It’s time for us to stand up tall

Accept the blame before the fall

Learn how to shoulder our fair share

Tis now to show how much we care !


THE MINSTRELMAN ( 2016 ) 2016/02/05

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:25 am
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The lonely minstrelman reached out

To share his music all about

And tell his tales of love gone wrong

In words and notes of each sad song.

He traveled on the dusty road

Undaunted by his heavy load

And brought to those who wished to hear

His songs of war, betrayal, fear.

From town to town he wandered on

The long expected clarion

His voice so strong and deep of sound

The world he knew did gather round.

He earned his keep twas no small task

And answered many questions asked

He watched world history unfold

He was our courier of old !




DISABILITY ( 2016 ) 2016/02/04

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:04 am
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Of all the things I miss the most

Those lengthy walks along the coast

Where one tred beaches on the shore

And climbed small dunes there by the score.

Wandering amongst seagrass plumes

While ocean roar veils salty spumes

To laugh and play upon each wave

And treasure all the joy it gave.

But that was oh, so long ago

Before the accident you know

Since then the ocean is taboo

Like hilly roads and hiking too.

I find myself confined a bit

There are those places I can’t fit

I still savour life to the core

Just not the same as life before !


USURPER ( 2016 ) 2016/02/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:05 am
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As skies of gray go drifting by

Seagulls o’erhead do swiftly fly

I hear the whisper of the wind

It cries to me “please let me in”.

The sound grows stronger on my ear

I do not dare for more to hear,

Be gone corruptor of my fate

For sure it is you are too late !


I AM BLESSED ( 2016 ) 2016/02/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:08 am
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I’d like to think that I am blessed

In my constant and desired quest

To find the peace I’m sure exists

Someplace beyond where patience sits.

So guard your tongue, be kind to all

Remember pride doth have its fall,

Our Jesus Christ, so humble He

Has promised us eternity !


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