Claire V. Bogdanos

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

FINAL ENDINGS ( 2020 ) 2020/05/11

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My gratitude, dear God above

I am surrounded by true love

My fate’s been sealed and is secure

There’s no escape, of this I’m sure

The time grows late, what else is left

Too soon it is, the world’s bereft !


WELCOME ( 2020 ) 2020/01/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:49 am
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Oh,  for the days that  were and  are no more

And  those paths  that lead us to heaven’s  door

May  God be there  to greet each  as we come

With  an open heart  and the word welcome !


MY PLEDGE ( 2020 ) 2020/01/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:13 am
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Oh little lamb so pure and sweet

I  lay my life  here at  your  feet

If  I should  die before  I wake

I  beg  You Lord,  my soul  please take

For  it  is Yours  and all  I  own

Wherein  the seeds of love  are sown

And  so  my  heart  is  witness to

This  simple  gift  I offer You !




WITH CHARITY ( 2020 ) 2020/01/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:27 am
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This  silence that I  share is free

It  spreads its veil of  peace o’er me

And  quiets all  the disarray

That  one encounters day by day.

How  little do we know  of life

That  is content  and without strife

Contentment  is a foreign  thing

That  in our lives  has been missing.

Oh  Lord above do hear  this plea

Help  each to live with  charity !





EARN HIS TRUST ( 2020 ) 2020/01/04

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:10 am
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Turn  on the lights,  the dark is here

It  is that dismal  time of year

After  the harvest  and the fall

Winter  becomes  the king of all.

Since  we are captive  to its power

Day  after day,  and hour by hour

To  learn the lesson  is a must

If  we are e’er  to earn His trust  !




GOD’S DIVERSITY ( 2019 ) 2019/12/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:28 am
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The  snow is drifting  to  the  ground

Its  destinations to be  found

The  air’s  so fresh and wet to  touch

Creating  visions,  scenes  and such

The snow is  drifting  into  piles

Where  e’er  you turn,  the world still  smiles

Oh  what a joy that  all  may see

God’s  generous  diversity  !


OUR GOOD FRIEND ( 2019 ) 2019/07/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:46 am
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Seems life has been a timeless one

So full of gladness, joy and fun

Along the way there’s been some pain

T’was part of lifetime’s  growth and gain

Oft I’ve  wondered  what it’s about

If I should laugh or cry or shout

It is a choice that we’ve all made

With circumstance let’s pray won’t fade

Now here we are at this road’s end

At last with God who’s our good friend !


WHO LOVES US SO ( 2018 ) 2018/12/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:32 am
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Let’s say a prayer, come Christmas Day

For all those children far away

Who’ve lived in need and know no peace

Where joys and dreaming are deceased.

They’ve never lived without the tears

That generate both hate and fears

Whose existence finds ’tis bereft

By times of war, years of neglect.

Oh helpless child who does not know

The gifts of God, Who loves us so !




ONE LESS LOSS ( 2018 ) 2018/11/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:38 am
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The shards of light sift through the blind

And leave too many threads to find

That weave along life’s weary road

For those who strive with burdened load.

The way is coarse and over done

At times it’s o’er before begun

If we could seek just one more toss

With God, we’ll strike up one less loss !


A GIFT FOR YOU ( 2018 ) 2018/11/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:35 am
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Oh Lord, dear God, let not my weakness show

Oh Lord above, help all my strengths to grow

I’ve been Your servant for most of my life

Through pain and sorrow, abundance of strife.

You’ve taught me how to be humble and fair

To give all I’ve got and something to spare

The words in my mouth and deeds that I do

All of this my Lord, is a gift for You !




ARE YOU AS TRUE ? ( 2018 ) 2018/10/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:05 pm
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Oh Solomon, where is thy wisdom now

What confidence your heart and you allow

What kindness does it take for you to live

With all that wisdom that is yours to give ?

Oh foolishness beyond your every dream

Are you as true or only that you seem ?


FAR SIMPLER WILL ( 2018 ) 2018/10/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:52 pm
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When the time comes at last and I open the door

When the magic is gone and my heart hits the floor

May the Lord up above and His minions below

Comprehend how I’ve grown and joys that I know

As I go to a place that is far better still

With a mind that is clear and a far simpler will !


GOD’S CHARITY ( 2018 ) 2018/09/20

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:24 am
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What quiet signals do we send

When we’ve moved so close to the end

What simple gestures do we make

When our whole system’s doomed to break ?

The moment’s here and on its own

Wherein the final action’s known

And as the fateful hour appears

A darkness falls among our peers.

Soon angel wings waft some away

To seek a dawn that’s gone astray

Forgive us Lord for all the sin

And help us save most left within

How fortunate that each may be

Depending on God’s charity !



PSALM/ 66:1 / 88:1 / 95:1-2 / 98:4-6 / 100:1-5 / 149:3 / et al.



HELP FOR STORMY DAYS ( 2018 ) 2018/08/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:09 am
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Dark storm clouds gather up on high

While shafts of light shoot cross the sky

The rain it tumults to the ground

And fills each crevice to be found.

The thunder and the lightning roar

As darkness creeps inside the door

The streets are full of glistening streams

That flow forever, so it seems.

All lives encounter stormy days

Both cold or sad in countless ways

With this exception each may take

God helps us up before we break !


SAFE HARBOR ( 2018 ) 2018/06/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:14 am
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Praise God above for only He

Does have the power to set us free

In every storm He is the Port

That we must seek if we are caught.

Without His love we are remiss

His Word brings us eternal bliss

There is this path that does unwind

That only God can help us find !


LOVE AND CHARITY ( 2018 ) 2018/03/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:31 am
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Ler’s close the door and move on up

Tis time to taste another cup

We need to give peace one more try

And take a chance before goodbye.

Like all the options we have had

To choose between the good and bad

Let’s opt for dreams that might come true

And grant to all a better view

Of what God wants our lives to be

Full of both love and charity !




FACTS ( 2018 ) 2018/01/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 6:32 am
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The thoughts that gather round my brain

I struggle hard to keep contained

Because I wish to use the best

To help me try to ace God’s test.

I see how this world writhes in pain

Without some effort, there’s no gain

If God inspires our every act

Perhaps we’ll learn to honor fact !


GOD’S CHARITY ( 2017 ) 2017/12/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 6:55 am
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Well here we are, believing what

With all this detail we have got ?

There are too many who will say

There is no God, not here today.


I can’t recall who said it first

But I am sure their bubble’s burst.

Just look around what do you see

A world that needs God’s charity !


CHARITY ( 2017 ) 2017/03/25

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:36 am
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A little care, a little love

What is it we are dreaming of

A little hope tinged with a smile

Will carry us for quite awhile.

The way is long, the road is steep

We have a rendez-vous to keep

There are those jobs that we must do

With obstacles we need get through.

To aid the lost their strength to find

The weary to seek peace of mind

And help the indigent ensure

A future with their lives secure !


WHO AM I ( 2016 ) 2016/08/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:27 am
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Now who am I to ask for more

As though I have not done before

A child of God with absent thought

That in life’s web I find I’m caught.

Please teach me how to humble be

And live with self humility

To find a place where I belong

That swells with peace and love and song !


IT’S FREE ( 2016 ) 2016/05/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:54 am
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There are no words one chance may say

That work to melt the pain away

True, words are meant to help us cope

Once truth has gone, there’s only hope.

Perhaps hope stretches with each smile

And keeps one safe a little while

Perhaps a prayer, perhaps a few

Will garner strength to follow through.

Keep dreaming of God’s charity

Whate’er we need, it’s there, it’s free !



THE ROAD ( 2015 ) 2015/03/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:00 am
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This road that I have chosen is lonely cold and dark

The path that I now follow is truly bare and stark

There’s no other option either here or on the way

Once the journey has begun the rule is you must stay.

It’s taken up too much time this is my foolish choice

Lord, I beg You walk with me I know You’ve heard my voice

I’ve made my share of errors I’m sure You’ve watched me fall

I ask for Your forgiveness I’ve been ashamed to call.

But that’s all over now I cannot change what is done

I simply need to finish this task I have begun !


GOD’S GRACE ( 2015 ) 2015/02/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:34 am
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Among the wishes that I made

When I was young and unafraid

The one that I remember best

Is that I vowed to not possess

A jealous heart or unkind thought

In keeping with the lessons taught

Stick to the rules obey the Lord

Accept His grace with true accord !


IT’S PERSONAL ( 2015 ) 2015/01/29

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:06 am
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I am that simple grain of sand

Who tempest tossed waits His command

Sometimes I tire, impatient grown

Where is the fruit of seeds I’ve sown ?

How long must I endure this pain

And when may I relief obtain,

So many questions fill my mind

Where is this peace I yearn to find ?

A gentle voice I seem to hear

It whispers softly in my ear

“This God alone can truly know

He will be there whene’er you go !”




BEST FRIENDS ( 2015 ) 2015/01/17

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:21 am
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I hear the Angelus, it rings

Its doleful sound with glory sings

Here from my perch so very high

The mother and her child I spy !

So peaceful in the corner there

Some portion of the garden share

I wish that I might join them too

But it’s too late, quite overdue

The time is past to make amends

I sure would like to be best friends !


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA. ( 2014 ) “RAGAMUFFINS” 2014/11/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:54 pm
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EXCUSE me, do you remember RAGAMUFFIN parades ?  They occurred on Thanksgiving Day, after church services but before dinner usually at 3 PM. Yes, we did go to church in the old days !  Then ran home to quickly change into our raggedy outfits needed to do our begging, remembering the obligatory shopping bag ! The proper question as friendly doors opened, “anything for Thanksgiving ?” Remember this was the 30’s, the Great Depression and hunger was common in the streets. Believe me this was so, but it made us LEAN and tolerant and kind ! The goodies we received were homemade and unwrapped, cookies, muffins, cupcakes along with apples or raisins and Mary Janes or other. This was all about food, silly ! However in better off neighborhoods, you might receive  nickel or dime ! You carried a shard of soapstone to mark the sidewalks or front gates of generous donors. Soapstone the chalk of choice used to draw HOPSCOTCH boxes on cement sidewalks culled from city dumps like hundreds of other items we rescued ! While railroad tracks played a large part in some economies, collecting coal from between the rails to fuel the black iron stoves at home needing only a container of sorts and work gloves !  We scrounged in small groups after school, most trains ran on coal-fed engines.  There was NO racism in the debris-field of my early years ! The Great Depression was the equalizer among the masses.  And we all loved our Eleanor, I believe we still do !   Happy Thanksgiving !    Sincerely,     Claire B.


INVITATION ( 2014 ) 2014/11/22

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I hear the songs of angels clear

Their phrases falling on my ear

All through the day into the night

Their voices raised so clear and bright

The promise of great joy to come

Inviting all not only some.

I’d like to stand in that long line

With wishes that we’ll turn out fine

I pray I have the strength to wait

And beg of God I’m not too late !


HIS MESSAGE BY THE SEA ( 2014 ) 2014/10/26

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:07 am
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Oh Lamb of God so full of grace

I wish I could have seen your face

In shining light or dark of night

I’m sure it was a brilliant sight !

Old men who leaned upon their crutch

The widowed who had suffered much

The crippled old, completely blind,

They flocked to Him to solace find !

While those whose spirits went astray

Came to hear what He had to say

A godlike man with message clear

God loves us all, allay your fear !


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