Claire V. Bogdanos

POEMS….THOUGHTS…..MEMORIES

HUGE THANK YOU ( 2017 ) 2017/10/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:17 am
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Oh Christopher, brave Christopher how did you spend your life

Across the seas and oceans wide amidst chaos and strife

You stumbled into a new world upon your wooden ship

What a surprise it was to learn this was no Asia trip !

And thus it was so long ago this land of ours was found

When the Spanish came to conquer and rule all on the ground

Now that is how it did begin in fourteen-ninety-two

Today we owe Columbus all our love and huge thank you !

 

 

FRUITION ( 2017 ) 2017/07/17

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:59 am
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I miss the days of glory old

Where history and myth unfold

With repeat tales now long gone by

Of memories that did not die

When we were young and energized

And all our dreams seemed realised  !

 

 

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 ?

 

 
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