Claire V. Bogdanos

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

THE FINAL ACT ( 2017 ) 2017/10/21

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:44 am
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I find that life at best is strange

Though I’m not opting for a change

Nor am I saying that it’s bad

What choices are there to be had ?

It seems to me, we have no say

As lives evolve from day to day

Tis time that we accept the fact

It’s God who pens the final act !


STANDUP TALL ( 2017 ) 2017/10/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:50 am
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Sometimes the dream you’re waiting for

Lies just outside your own front door

Sometimes success that you pursue

Is something you already knew.

Sometimes your life becomes intense

If you’ve no taste for self defense

And when you fumble or you fall

Remember please to standup tall !



IS NOT TOO LATE ( 2017 ) 2017/09/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:12 am
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There is a chill pervades the air

One feels the wind rush up the stair

The smell of fall upon the breeze

Floats gently by, soft as you please

A silence bides there in the room

Akin to patience, not to gloom.

The moments pass unnoticed now

As signs of autumn show somehow

Slowly the leaves begin to change

From light to dark the colors range

We wait here on the edge of fate

Pray God our time is not too late !




GOD BLESS AMERICA ( 2017 ) 2017/07/01

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:24 am
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We’ve heard the tales, we know them well

The stories that the legends tell

Of heroes great both old and new

Who did the best that they could do.

They built this nation bright and strong

Accepting all who would belong

And turned our land into a place

Where freedom thrives in love and grace !



HAVE A HEART ( 2017 ) 2017/06/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:35 am
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I hung my heart out on a limb

And prayed someone would reel me in

I searched for love the way one should

And wound up lost in some vast wood.

I tried my hand at show and tell

And that did not go quite so well

I decided right then and there

I’d had enough of grief to spare.

And so I bought myself a book

Turned out that I was this great cook,

Love’s not what it’s cracked up to be

Seems business was my destiny !






BOSS OF YOU AND ME ( 2017 ) 2017/02/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:02 am
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I hear the wind so wild and cold

It shares a chill quite brash and bold

And struts its sound beyond the storm

Oh how I wish I could get warm.

I’d guess the forests need to sleep

While gusty winds do clean and sweep

It is a job of giant length

And needs to work at high pitch strength

For God owns all the powers that be

And is the boss of you and me !




WINDING STAIR ( 2016 ) 2016/11/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:04 am
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Some place there is a winding stair

Where does it go I do not know

I’m only sure it will be there

When ’tis the time for each to go !

But what direction shall one take

For stairs descend or rise above

You have a choice, make no mistake

The coward’s safety or God’s love  !




NO RETURN ( 2016 ) 2016/09/07

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:36 am
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We can’t go back, there is no way

To what was once our yesterday

When all we wished or hoped to be

Became forgotten memory.

Tis sad to see our former joys

Discarded there like broken toys

That line the cluttered roads we take

O’ershadowed by dreams we forsake.

Worse to believe that this is all

That’s left for us to chance recall

Those glory days which made us great

They’re gone and now it’s just too late !


CHANCE TO WIN ( 2016 ) 2016/08/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:53 am
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There is this whisper that I hear

Sometimes it rumbles in my ear

And slowly as I rise from sleep

Into my mind the words do creep

I’ve learned to listen to that voice

And o’er the years I’ve made my choice.

Each morn becomes another day

A fresh beginning in its way

How wonderful our God has been

To gift us with this chance to win !



LIBERTY ( 2016 ) 2016/03/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:01 am
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The lady in the harbor that we call Liberty

Stands waving her approval for all the world to see

She’s been there far too long on that island in the bay

Think of all that she has seen and what she has to say.

May the Lord in heaven look down kindly from above

Protecting our great nation and values that we love !



ONE LAST LOOK ( 2016 ) 2016/01/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:32 am
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I know my life is not a dream

At times I simply want to scream

But God and I, we have a pact

There is no plan, it’s not exact.

So when my time seems overdue

And He decides that I am through

My usefulness on earth is done

For living is no longer fun.

When I accept that I’m bereft

And ashes are all I have left

Then is the time to close the book,

And with my heart take one last look !


AMERICA UNDER SIEGE ( 2016 ) 2016/01/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:17 am
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What’s happened to this place that we so love

This precious land the world is jealous of

One nation under God for all to see

With the true blessings of our liberty.

From the north to south, from the east to west

From the mountains high to the valley’s crest

Over the fields and across the great plains

From the sun drenched sands to the coastal rains.

The need to feel free and be all you can

With a heart strong and a love of the land

A nation so great most dream to come here

Our red, white and blue, let’s stand up and cheer !


LOVE AND JOY ( 2016 ) 2016/01/06

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:32 am
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This heart of mine has learned to wait

To step aside, to hesitate

For life is not all that it seems

Sometimes it’s smoke, sometimes it’s dreams.

For us we only visit here

With no control of day or year

Life is our stage, performers we

And subject to adversity.

If life to us opts to be kind

Then all its treasures we ought find

But if its winds should blow astray

Then we are bound to lose our way.

Take heart my friend all is not lost

Those ships asea, those tempest-toss’d

May find safe haven in a port

With love and joy they never sought !



ENDEAVOR ( 2015 ) 2015/01/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:30 pm
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The night has not been kind to me

I cannot wait till dawn I see

The darkness seems to o’erpower me

I feel my faith and courage flee.

The demons charge my aching heart

I need to seek a brand new start

One I may join and take some part

To help the gloom and fear depart.

Today I hope to try once more

I’ll gather strength for my encore

I’ll pick myself up off the floor

I’ll try to open that last door !


TO LIFE BE TRUE ( 2014 ) 2014/11/29

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:04 am
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There was a child who wandered far

To chase that bright elusive star

He jumped and leapt to catch the light

That paled the shadows of the night

And took his heart to worlds beyond

With meadows lush and mystic pond.

He sallied forth in vesture grand

To greet each day with outstretched hand

He took the chance to dream anew

To open doors, to life be true

While all the time the hope grew strong

He’d find the spot where he belonged !



IMMIGRANT ( 2014 ) 2014/08/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:45 am
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All history is long and bold

As destinies do here unfold,

My forebears came in ‘forty-six

Over the sea to join the mix

And oh, how fast this nation grew

From far and wide by crowd or few !

There is a story I’ve been told

By great grandma when she was old,

About the three mast ship they caught

While fleeing from the nearest port

And leaving all they owned behind 

Except mementoes they could find !

That voyage to the promised land

Was long and harsh and out of hand,

No Lady in the Harbor stood

Just dreams of hope and common good !


A NEW SUNRISE ( 2014 ) 2014/08/15

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:47 am
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I wonder if the angels weep

For those who have no place to sleep

Or cry for those who writhe in pain

With nothing left to lose or gain ?

Can it be so that we are meant

To never know where honor went

Or why our lives are meaningless

With naught to rise to our defense ?

My heart is sad it wants to smile 

I’m tired of the fractious guile

I beg the Lord open our eyes

That we may greet a new sunrise !


UPS AND DOWNS ( 2014 ) 2014/03/16

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:30 pm
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I’d like to think that you and I

Are more than distant passersby

Like strangers on a lonely street

With chances that we’ll never meet.

Each day I wake with happy face

Expecting I should life embrace

There must be a way we need seek

To tread a path that’s not oblique.

We can remember to be kind

And leave hypocrisy behind

Have I been dreaming all this while

Or can I sense a timid smile ?

Don’t concentrate on laughs or frowns

All life must have its ups and downs !


INCOMPLETE ( 2014 ) 2014/02/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 6:35 pm
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The tears that fall are bittersweet

The cause for me remains discreet

I find that tears should hidden be,

A secret twixt my God and me.

So query then what I shall find

Before my days cease to unwind

I question what my future holds

As life before me now unfolds.

The answer echoes through the maze

And complicates remaining days

For lives will end though incomplete

In victory or in defeat !


NEW YORK ( 2013 ) 2013/12/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:42 am
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As the slim fingers of dawn slowly waken the sky

Whole flocks of wild birds begin their swift transiting by,

Up on the rooftops seagulls are perched searching for prey

While the caps on tidal waves are all churning and gray.

There across the narrow gap that the water creates

Is a vast citadel where great adventure awaits.

I’m too old to begin my life all over anew

But it’s a fine place to start for the bold and the few.

This incredible place full of dreams and wild surprise

Is a home meant for the strong the ambitious and wise.


OPPORTUNITY ( 2013 ) 2013/12/12

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:40 am
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The night is dark and lonely too

I cannot breathe what shall I do

No plans are made no thought taken

I’m feeling lost and forsaken.

It’s true I’ve felt this way before

This emptiness and nothing more

I can’t recall a constant cure

The path is rocky and unsure.

Come join me let us seek the way

It’s time to meet a brand new day !


WIRELESS ( 2013 ) 2013/12/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:28 pm
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It pleases me to think that I

Can spread my wings and to you fly

Across the oceans great expanse

Perhaps to take another chance

To make new friends and socialize

In this strange world each occupies.

These  miracles that we have found

Did change our lives and still astound

Where will they lead us in the end

Beyond the keeping of a friend ?


FRONT DOOR ( 2013 ) 2013/11/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:06 pm
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My Mother taught me how to smile

To keep my values all worthwhile

And try to be both sweet and kind

Despite the anger one may find.

My Father taught me to be true

Respect the old red, white and blue,

To honor God with faith and deed

And cultivate both plant and seed.

My Nana taught me how to pray

And live with truth from day to day

My Pop he gave me sober thought

To follow all the lessons taught.

My old Aunt Rose helped me to grow

Into the girl who learned to sew

My children taught me how to wait

With patience at lifes starting gate.

I’m blest for all the lessons learned

And grateful for the friends I’ve earned

But most of all I’m thankful for

The chance to knock at God’s front door.


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