Claire V. Bogdanos

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

EVOLUTION ( 2016 ) 2016/03/08

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Oh joyous times and happy day

To sight the gusts of wind at play

I watch them lift the calm away

While yearling trees do bend and sway.

So much in life does imitate

How passions in our lives relate

To nature’s role as surrogate

Ere stormy days with time abate !

 

I AM BLESSED ( 2016 ) 2016/02/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:08 am
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I’d like to think that I am blessed

In my constant and desired quest

To find the peace I’m sure exists

Someplace beyond where patience sits.

So guard your tongue, be kind to all

Remember pride doth have its fall,

Our Jesus Christ, so humble He

Has promised us eternity !

 

BLIZZARD ( 2016 ) 2016/01/23

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:12 pm
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The waters rush upon the shore

The winds outshout the ocean’s roar

The frigid air invades each room

While sharing its contentious gloom.

The winter’s storm arrived at last

And left us stunned and all aghast

Well toughen up, display your grit

And pray to make the best of it !

 

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 !

 

 

RETRIBUTION ( 2015 ) 2015/11/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:56 am
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All deeds once hid deep in the dark

Will come to light under the sun

While God sees all and strikes His mark

And patient waits till all has done !

 

SET FREE ( 2015 ) 2015/11/02

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:14 am
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My tears, dear Lord are for the weak

For those who have no power to speak

So many voices to be heard

They cannot hear the sacred word.

They live in fear and discontent

Apart from truth their years are spent

Imprisoned, bullied, overrun

Both old and young their dreams undone.

Our God above does not relent

For those in need care will be sent

And soon to come His time will be

When He shall set His children free !

 

DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA ( 2015 ) “NOT A MINUTE AWAY” 2015/08/30

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:42 pm
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EXCUSE ME, here I am in my ageing wheelchair, at my really old kitchen farm table, 38″ x 26″, circa 1900, with its aproned multi-turned vintage legs and truly discreet 1+” rollers on a beautiful Sunday morning having my usual breakfast of juice, black coffee in an ironstone mug, half a sliced banana and exactly 10 mini wheat squares with fat-free half & half !  Precise, right ?  It’s early AM, this room has 8 solarfilmed windows, each 3′ x 6′, all covered by beige old fashioned lace curtains.  With windows all open, the curtains rising and fluttering in the breeze, I can hear the church bells in the distance, there are 4 churches within a 2 block radius of my current residence.  It’s like a symphony in carillon !  Waves of nostalgia wash over me and I am transported to a place almost 80 years ago in the past !  All this time yet that destination is not a mile away from here nor a minute away from my dearest memories !  This is about one of those cardboard signs my nana had in a streetside window, CURTAINS STRETCHED, 25 cents a pair.  My grandpop was an ironworker ( Fagan, Tietjen & Lang, Federal, Todd and Bethlehem Steel ) and he made her an adjustable curtain stretcher which my agile childsized fingers could manipulate with the help of a small stepstool, also homemade !  My job after school was to take that agate pan full of starchwater and soaking lace, layering on as many panels at a time to dry in the afternoon sun !  As my nana would say, “idle hands do the devil’s work”.  Haha, I don’t think he ever had a chance with me !  How about you ?  By the way, that half-banana is low on my fav list but high in potassium, or is that an old wives tale ?             Sincerely,                        Claire B.

 

THE PATCHWORK QUILT ( 2015 ) 2015/03/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:38 am
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There is a quilt upon my bed

With snippets of the life I’ve led

It’s made of patches bright and bold

And meant to save me from the cold.

This quilt has kept me warm for years

It’s shared my dreams, my hopes, my fears

And every piece of fabric sewn

Does have a story of its own !

Blind-stitched it is and all by me

Each patch contains a memory

My hands are old and gnarled a bit

Still they have shaped each square to fit.

I wish these rules would all apply

To life we know before we die

With needle, thread and sharpened shears

We’d patch the world and scrap our tears !

 

A MATTER OF TRUST ( 2015 ) 2015/02/17

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:34 am
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When I was but a child of three

I napped upon my mother’s knee

The time that I was turning five

Her stories made me feel alive

And as I reached the age of ten

She turned into my one best friend !

All through the years she held my hand

And showed me that life could be grand

When I arrived at sweet sixteen

She taught me how to be a queen !

Now I am old, I’ve lost my way

I wish I knew what she would say

I’d put myself into her place

If only I could see her face !

 

FAMILY BUSINESS ( 2015 ) 2015/02/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:47 pm
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My Pop he was my mother’s dad

In life he gave it all he had,

My Pop he was so ever sweet

He was a favorite on the street.

“Hey George” they’d call with hearty voice

“What’s new today, what is our choice ?”

He knew that they would come to eat

He’d nod his head and tap his feet.

He’d do a jig to make them smile

Still taking orders all the while,

He swept that sidewalk every morn

And worked that store from early dawn.

My Nana she came in at noon

It seemed that never was too soon

And after lunch was almost through

He made the bank by half-past two

He never was a minute late

And walked with happy spritely gait !

One little man in woolen cap

He’d head on home to take his nap.

When Nana died in sixty-two

We thought his storekeep time was through

It came as one complete surprise

He joined me in my enterprise !

 

 

 

SPECIAL FRIEND ( 2014 ) 2014/10/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 6:52 am
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My nana was my special friend

She taught me how to sew and mend

To make my bed and hang my clothes

To fold my undies and my hose

We talked sometimes into the night

She made my problems turn out right

And helped me overcome my fears,

Oh she’s been gone these many years.

 

I wish that she could see me now

To know I made it through somehow

I want to thank her from my heart

She gave my life it’s special start !

 

 

HEROINE ( 2014 ) 2014/09/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 9:09 am
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Once was I thought that I would be

Some heroine in history

One must be brave and noble too

With sacrifice for quite a few !

It took so long to understand

That life’s not always great or grand

And sometimes it just pays to be

A simple sort with piety !

It’s strange the way dreams disappear

To leave us all quite baffled here

How much more fun if we could be

Included in God’s next story !

 

DO ANGELS SLEEP ? ( 2014 ) 2014/07/11

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:38 am
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Have you wondered how the angels sleep

With all of the timid souls they keep

Children and babes and the very old

And those enduring grief uncontrolled ?

How do they manage I’d like to ask

To juggle such an enormous task

And will their numbers be large or few

When each nightfall comes what do they do ?

Do angels truly have giant wings

Does anyone hear when an angel sings

With so many facts we’ve yet to know

Will they be there when it’s time to go ?

 

THE ROAD AHEAD ( 2014 ) 2014/04/24

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:15 am
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Who can describe the way to go

The route to take, the path to know

The more I try the more I find

That day by day I grow more blind.

I need the hope I will be saved

That road ahead with patience paved

And rest stops set along the way

To ease the leap of that last day !

 

 

WIN, PLACE OR SHOW ( 2014 ) 2014/04/21

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:28 am
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I love you Lord, with all my might

That trust protects me through the night

It matters not what others say

You light my path to show the way.

The simple truth cannot be beat

Faith will remain win or defeat

I have believed since but a child

Transfixed was I by manner mild.

I’m grateful that I’ve had the chance

To learn to take a lifetime stance

I’ll follow you where’er you go

You know the line,win, place or show !

 

NONSENSE ( 2014 ) 2014/03/06

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:14 am
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My life is like a slippery hill

Sometimes I fall or take a spill

And there are times I cannot see

A feckless bump in front of me.

My eyesight dims, my courage fails

And all my strength in shadows, pales

I know I should be better at

This game of playing mouse and cat.

I find such things a childish chase

My life has need of richer pace,

Dark monsters hurry, fast away

I have no time for games today !

 

WISDOM ( 2014 ) 2014/01/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:15 pm
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The storms of life ride on the winds and round again

While noses pressed upon the frosted window pane

As closely as one can should sight the lights below

Of cars that creep and crawl and skid in midnight snow.

The safety and the eloquence of night time charm

Encouraged to protect us from intrinsic harm

Far wiser to outwait the storm and greet its end

Than try to force a circumstance and not unbend !

 

PATIENCE ( 2013 ) 2013/10/15

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:00 pm
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There’s never time to do the things you’ve always wanted to

Lifes journey seems to just run on until its turn is through.

As prayers are meant to ease the pain for most not only you

So dreams can’t be confined to nights, the days must also do.

While hope springs forth in many ways to help your wish come true

It takes awhile to grow a smile and have a laugh or two.

 

SEARCHING FOR GOD ( 2013 ) 2013/10/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:33 am
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God has not lost us, we have failed Him

And all the angels and cherubim.

How did this happen, what could it be

Is this a puzzle or mystery ?

No merit how hard we really try

Who can determine the reason why !

While striving to do the very best

We need to put our faith to the test

And help to discover gentler days

Lead us again to walk in Your ways.

We must embrace humility first

Ere we may fill this essential thirst

Seeking forgiveness for trust that’s lost,

We’ll gain His love small matter the cost !

 

 
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