Claire V. Bogdanos

POEMS….THOUGHTS…..MEMORIES

DATELINE: HOBOKEN, NJ, USA ( 2017 ) R.I.P. 2017/04/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:13 am
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EXCUSE ME, have you been following the current trend of live interviews of H.S. and University students by media sources questioning their knowledge of the American Civil War, 4/12/1861, Fort Sumpter ending at Appomatox Courthouse, 4/9/1865 ?  Hours of questions, total lack of facts and credulous answers from this totally ignorant segment of our population, a disgrace !  And we all pay the cost, taxes, grants, scholarships, government subsidies.  This was the war that took a minimum of  750,000 lives, dead soldiers, north, south, white, black !  Where was the concern for the men who faced Armageddon in that war ?  It was our first  Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, who led the cause to preserve our union and who was murdered 6 days after the signing of the peace treaty at the war’s end by a prominent American stage actor.   “Sic semper tyrranus”,  shouted John Wilkes Booth as he leapt to the stage.  Who knew that we’d lose more men in that war than any other war we have fought to this date ?  Those men were lost more than 150 years ago.  Real Americans mark this tragic period with honor rolls and monuments throughout our nation without exception !  Lack of educational integrity robs our children of our country’s saga of the path to freedom.  The saddest part may be that the true missing ingredient today is intellectual curiosity !  How can we appreciate our victory without its factual history ?  This was a war to free the slaves, I ask you, did you know ?     Sincerely,   Claire B.

 

HOW MUCH I CARED ( 2017 ) 2017/04/05

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:32 am
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There’s a special place that I do recall

Quite a long time ago when I was small,

A large clapboard house on a country road

My great uncles built for their mom’s abode.

She’d been born in June eighteen-sixty-one

To a life one could guess was not much fun

At fifteen she married the stablehand

Oh, so far away in a foreign land.

This is a small part of their history

And the story of  how they came to be,

As I look back on all the joys we shared

How grateful I am and how much I cared !

 

DOWN TO A MAN ( 2017 ) 2017/03/31

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:04 am
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Our lives are cast in many ways

With results for all of our days

No one may change what has begun

For history’s been set and done.

We hope and pray we do not fail

And of our strengths we shall avail

So each will do the best he can

To fill that role down to a man !

 

 

SAD VALENTINE ( 2017 ) 2017/02/15

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:55 pm
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So long ago and quite faraway

In the world that was then, not today

There lived a priest they called Valentine

He married couples most of the time.

But Claudius, great emperor he

Needed all young men for his army

Thus marriage was a forbidden joy

For many a Roman girl or boy.

Well Valentine refused to abate

And so he suffered that triple fate

Torture, stoning, beheading also

This was the way that he had to go

Oh sad for him twas too long ago

Who knew he’d become our great hero ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLD MENS’ WAR ( 2017 ) 2017/01/21

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:04 am
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I knew a boy quite long ago

There was a war, he had to go

He was so green, his life was new

How could he guess what he’d go through ?

I did my best, he was my friend

And wrote to him right to the end

How hard is it to turn away

When there is nothing left to say ?

Except you did your extra best

And hoped and prayed bout what came next

The wars will come and wars will go

What is the reason, who can know,

You’ve heard me say these words before

Why must youth die in old mens’ war ?

 

THE OLIVE TREE ( 2016 ) 2016/07/15

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:15 am
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I wish, I wish that I could be

The fruit upon an olive tree

So good to eat and full of health

Both for the heart and greater wealth.

This tree can live a thousand years

Producing fruit and soothing fears

The Greeks and Romans knew its worth

Their fables told about its birth.

Seems God gave man the olive tree

In truly ancient history

Add this to all its virtues found

The olive’s wealth must all astound !

 

OUT OF PAIN ( 2016 ) 2016/06/30

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:36 am
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Now Moses was a Hebrew lad

So long ago in Egypt land

Twas quite a temper that he had

And such great strength within his hand.

 

One day a soldier in the field

Assigned to watch the slaves at work

Did beat a slave and would not yield

Because he thought the man did shirk.

 

When Moses struck him to the ground

This was a crime, the soldier died

In fear he ran not to be found

To Sinai, forty years did hide.

 

Then through the Burning Bush of Flame

That’s how God called him home again

He donned the role of Bible fame

To lead his people out of pain !

 

 

 
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