Claire V. Bogdanos

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

“IF I BE ALIVE” ( 2019 ) 2019/02/28

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There was a man that I used to know

He was my gardener long ago

A man of honor and good intent

Who said exactly just what he meant.

True, I knew he was a man of God

And back in those days that was not odd

He went about his work with great ease

His goal in life was to help and please.

A kindly man full of deep respect

Not an inch of ground did he neglect

His parting words I can still recall

They never changed, no not once at all.

He taught me a lesson that does survive

” See you tomorrow, if I be alive ” !

 

THANK YOU, JOHN ATANASIO !

 

 

 

A SKY FULL OF CLOUDS (2019) 2019/02/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:19 am
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Across the meadows of the sky

The scattered clouds are drifting by

Like puffs of cotton hung in space

All seeming to be out of place

The clouds diminish one by one

Until the skies of day are done !

 

AN EARFUL OF CHEER (2019) 2019/02/26

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:30 am
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Mocking bird, mocking bird, sing me your song

Help keep me amused through all the day long

Sing me a garrulous tune with your notes

Including for me, your mocking bird quotes,

Love your clear whistle each morning I hear

Wishing me well with an earful of cheer !

 

WHO KNOWS (2019) 2019/02/25

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:21 am
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When I was young I used to pray

That I would be a mom one day

I’d raise my offspring to be good

And do the things that children should.

I’d hoped that we’d fulfill the dream

It was a lock or so it seemed

The angels watched from up above

And filled their heads with care and love.

But love is not enough to save

Each one of them from perils grave

There is no way that we may know

Wherein life’s tragedies will grow.

In winds of war or illness great

Who knows the time or day or date ?

 

 

MY NEXT GOAL (2019) 2019/02/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:12 am
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Of all the joys I’ve ever known

The ones I treasure as my own

Are those that I have always spent

Enclosed under God’s earthly tent !

Days when I’m sure I can’t go on

Because the pain is never gone

It tries my patience and my faith

But love of God keeps my heart safe.

And if I keep believing thus

Another day is one more plus

I must have hope to stir my soul

And make tomorrow my next goal !

 

EXPECTATIONS (2019) 2019/02/23

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:39 am
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The wind is in the willows

The birds are on the wing

While lazing here on pillows

My heart begins to sing.

The year is growing older

Before long twill be spring

My will is growing bolder

In spite of winter’s sting.

My faith begins increasing

In every way it may

With all my fears releasing

The burden of each day !

 

 

THE GIFT OF LIFE (2019) 2019/02/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:24 am
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Oh gentle beast, I see you there

Alone close by your hidden lair

The winter’s been and is half gone

Tis soon the season will march on.

Those little ones who have survived

Must learn right now to keep alive

To run and hide and secret be

Escaping this  hostility.

Oh what a lesson life does teach

To all who would adulthood reach

In fact, we know the truth is cruel

This gift of life’s not meant for fools !

 

 

 

 

FAREWELL MY CHILD (2019) 2019/02/21

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:09 am
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I really don’t know how to hide 

This sadness that I feel inside 

I’ve tried so hard to do it right 

E’en though I’m lost, night after night. 

The ache is there and won’t subside 

And all because my child has died 

Love’s all we’ve got no matter what 

The grief remains though we may not. 

I love you now, I always will 

Until my heart at last is still ! 

 

A LOVELY DAY (2019) 2019/02/20

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:45 am
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The sun has risen o’er the eaves

As shards of light do patterns weave

And all the limbs and branches seen

Cast shadows on each window screen.

Oh let the joy of morning sun

Enter each window one by one

To spread the light and share the heat

That sunshine brings when e’er we meet !

 

TO THE LAMB (2019) 2019/02/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:33 am
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Oh little lamb you are to me

A symbol of God’s charity

Your wooly hair and all your curls

Reminds me of our knits and purls

In early spring you sacrificed

So we’d have garments warm and nice.

A pair of soft and wooly socks

Or sweater set that really rocks

Paired with wool tights tucked in the boots

While shearling-gloved hands pulled up roots

You’ve mown the lawn there as you eat

And trampled turds with your hoofed feet

You’ve closer gathered when it’s cold

And seem to live to be quite old !

 

MY FRIEND (2019) 2019/02/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:07 am
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Oh how I’ve wished I had a friend

Who’d bide with me until the end

Or take the time to sup with me

Share coffee, tea and company.

How sure am I God’s always there

Anxious to learn He’ll constant care

No matter what the issue is,

Because I am forever His ?

I promise that I never will

Betray His trust or doubt His skill

He is the Master I adore

The Friend that I’ve been waiting for !

 

YOUR WILL IMPART ( 2019 ) 2019/02/17

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:13 am
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It is quite tiresome when one stops to think

The world outside waits trembling on the brink

We may all wish there was another way

To blink our tears and sadnesses away.

But how can we effect a change indeed

When most struggle with this same care or need

Oh faint of heart, who lack the push to start

Back up your strength and all your will impart !

 

GOD’S SERENITY ( 2019 ) 2019/02/16

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:49 am
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Can you feel the chill that’s in the air

Do you sense its power everywhere

Will it burrow in and move about

As it spreads its wings both in and out ?

There’s a pendulum that keeps apace

Of all the matters each one must face

Sometimes the pressure becomes too great

Or an answer comes when it’s too late

Truth is I really would chose to be

Included in God’s serenity !

 

OUR DANCING SHOES ( 2019 ) 2019/02/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:23 pm
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When I was but a child of three 

My nana made costumes for me 

Because I danced upon the stage 

At such a very early age. 

It was the time of childhood stars 

And “black and whites” bout men from Mars 

Now my grandpa, he sure could tap 

He’d dance till dawn if people clapped. 

It seemed so natural to me 

To imitate what I did see 

For years I danced my heart away 

And if I could, I would today !    

 

AT THE AGE OF 2 ( 1933 ) I BEGAN TAP LESSONS WITH

THE SWIFT SISTERS ON WASHINGTON ST.  HOBOKEN, NJ

MY SISTER  ( 9 YEARS YOUNGER )  STUDIED WITH BEN

BLUE AND RUBY KEELER AT JOURNAL SQUARE, J.C. STUDIO

ALL MY SONS STUDIED WITH BETTY BYRD HOCTOR IN

HOHOKUS, N.J. FOR THEIR EARLY YEARS AND MOVED ON TO

FRED KELLY’S STUDIO ON KINDERKAMACK ROAD IN ORADELL

FOR ADVANCED LESSONS. HE WAS GENE KELLY’S BROTHER !

THEY ALL DANCED AND STILL DO !

 

 

 

VALENTINE TEXT ( 2019 ) 2019/02/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:36 pm
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Today’s the day for hearts and flowers

Along with Cupid’s finest hours

You’ll get a posey, two or three

And have a pleasant day, you’ll see.

Saint Valentine has long been gone

Replaced by Walmart’s gift coupon

Tis silly thus to celebrate

If all is not to be first rate.

Let’s wait to learn what will come next

And pray it’s not some silly text !

 

WINTER BEAUTY ( 2019 ) 2019/02/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:50 pm
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The snow has covered all the ground

There’s not another soul around

Our world of white is drowning in

A swirl of ice and sleet and wind.

There is no color anywhere

Except for trees whose limbs are bare

And evergreens both small and tall

Whose silouettes display it all.

This winter beauty that we see

Will fade away eventually !

 

WE DEPEND UPON ( 2019 )

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:23 am
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Gone from all sight are the autumn leaves

We hear the wind, it attacks the eaves

The ice does crackle across each  lawn

A small sparrow chirps, move on, it’s dawn.

The clouds are laden in shadowed sky

Let’s pray this storm quickly passes by

It’s the time of year the branches break

While plants that sleep have too much at stake

Tis the moment all must carry on

Since we have spring to depend upon !

 

 

SHARED BY ONE AND ALL ( 2019 ) 2019/02/11

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:08 am
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Oh where am I, what do I see

This place precedes eternity

That’s full of tears and many sighs

Of past romance and sad goodbyes ?

The journey long that each must make

Full of surprise and glad mistake

Who knows what comes to light at last

After each one’s lifespan has passed ?

We hope and dream and wish for more

As we have never dared before

Since life is not a chance recall

The end is shared by one and all !

 

 

 

I LOVE TO DANCE ( 2019 ) 2019/02/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:05 am
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When I was young and oh so fleet

I loved to dance on magic feet

We’d do the rhumba, cha cha too

The fox trot, waltz or boogaloo.

Today the kids don’t dance at all

Most times they lean against the wall

Or couple up out on the floor

And seem to sway, but nothing more.

Once dancing used to be an art

With rhythm coming from the heart

I sure do wish we could return

To yesteryear with kudoes earned !

 

 

 

SPECIAL TRUST ( 2019 ) 2019/02/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:41 am
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I’d like to take this time to say

Thanks to you who helped share my day

And all who left while others stayed

Became my friends or passed away.

I’ll miss you all and hope you know

My prayers are with you as you go

Each one of you has taught me this

That life’s comprised of tears and bliss.

What matters most, as time rolls by

That we, in hope, good sense apply

For friendship is a crucial must

A gift of love and special trust !

 

 

 

VISITORS ( 2019 ) 2019/02/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:39 am
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It occurs to me the world’s upside down

And instead of smiling it wears a frown

Now that’s not the way it was meant to be

With its splendid vistas and great beauty.

Stop for a moment and take a real look

There’s billions of photos filling each book

No one can create a new mountain peak

It’s those who try climbing of whom we speak.

The wisdom of God is beyond our reach

No matter how much or how hard they teach

The world is not ours, one we could not make

All have a short span to visit not break !

 

NO REMEMBER WHEN ( 2019 ) 2019/02/07

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:58 am
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I cannot bear this sadness

It tears my heart to bits

I need no cloak of gladness

This garment never fits.

 

There is no real contentment

I shall not rest in peace

I can’t forget resentment

Until I find release.

 

There is no happy ending

We’ll never meet again

No sense in my pretending

There’s no remember when !

 

 

BY WAKING TIME ( 2019 ) 2019/02/06

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:27 am
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Oh sandman, sandman what shall we see

In tonight’s sleepy time fantasy

While each evening I prepare for bed

I pray I’ll have pleasant dreams ahead

If  I’m honest I cannot recall

Any of my dreams of old  at all

They seemed to disappear ere came dawn

And by waking time they were all gone !

 

EMOTION FREE ( 2019 ) 2019/02/05


There is this pair that I do see

Each morning, smiling back at me

We three have greeted every dawn

Practically since I was born.

 

We are old friends the three of us

And no one ever makes a fuss,

Their clothes look worn and faded too

But just like me, their hearts are true.

 

There is one plus I don’t possess

They’ve candied hearts within their chests

Now that may not mean much to you

But that’s one way to not feel blue.

 

Sometimes I wish that I might be

Like those ragdolls, emotion free !

 

 

 

CLOSE TO MY HEART ( 2019 ) 2019/02/04

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:52 am
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Of recent times I’ve been so ill

With lengthy days and endless nights

That brought my life and mind a chill

And filled my soul with countless frights.

Tis true I am far better now

But need to be secure and smart

I’ll have to figure out just how

To keep God’s Word close to my heart !

 

 

SHINING THROUGH ( 2019 ) 2019/02/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:24 am
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There is a hoary frost upon the ground

With a whistling wind that’s gathered round

And a feeling of a deepened chill

That cloaks today with impending ill

The fire is low, the morning is due

Let’s pray the sun will come shining through !

 

 

FIND SOME HAPPY END ( 2019 ) 2019/02/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:37 am
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Have we remembered to say “Thank You”

For all of the kindness that You do

And for the blessings that we receive

Like words of wisdom which we believe.

At times this old world is harsh and crude

And by action, arrogant and rude

Somehow folks assume they make the rules

While the balance of us are all fools.

How sad to think that this is the way

That most of our world reacts today

Let us pray that God does comprehend

And helps us to find some happy end !

 

 

 

 

THERE IS NO END ( 2019 ) 2019/02/01

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:33 am
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Each day that I do read God’s Law

I gain so much, far more and more

And as each word comes clear to me

I search for greater clarity.

Now I’ve been at this since I’m small

And barely have a grasp at all

Yet every day I comprehend

To God’s advice, there is no end !

 

 

 
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