Claire V. Bogdanos

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

THE ECHOES ( 2020 ) 2020/03/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:25 am
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Oh blessed Lord, do hear my plea

Have pity on a child like me

I am Your servant sad and low

That folows ever where You go

I wait Your Word with rapid breath

For I am Yours until my death.

There is no day without Your Light

Nor any love that shines so bright

The angels sing Your praise on high

Their voices reaching for the sky

The flutter of their wings is heard

They echo every single word.

I love You Lord and always will

Until earth’s sounds at last are still !


DESTINY CALLS ( 2020 ) 2020/02/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:49 am
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The  shades of night  are closing in

As  skies outside  now fade and dim

There  is a hum  that one can hear

The  sound keeps  whistling on the ear.

A  silence  overides the  halls

While  darkness of the  night time falls

Somewhere  a hush has  settled down

As  clicking  heels reecho  sound.

Hush,  hear  the rale  of  breathing now

God  help me to  survive  somehow

The  quiet  of these  empty  halls

Until  at last,  destiny  calls  !



HERE LAST NIGHT ( 2019 ) 2019/06/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:03 am
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When  I was young  and but a child

Our hearts ran free in woodlands wild

I’ve watched our days fade fast  away

As  little  children fail to play.

We  have another purpose now

To  Satan’s wish we  all must bow

What’s happened to our future bright,

It  vanished  silent  here  last night !




GOOD NIGHT ( 2019 ) 2019/03/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:10 am
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The sun sinks low in darkened sky

Preparing soon to say goodbye

The wind has reached its all time low

With reticence here and below

The evening creeps, its silence taut

The stars keep blinking as they ought

Tis time to bid to all good night

Until we wake with morning’s light !



THE GIFT OF LIFE (2019) 2019/02/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:24 am
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Oh gentle beast, I see you there

Alone close by your hidden lair

The winter’s been and is half gone

Tis soon the season will march on.

Those little ones who have survived

Must learn right now to keep alive

To run and hide and secret be

Escaping this  hostility.

Oh what a lesson life does teach

To all who would adulthood reach

In fact, we know the truth is cruel

This gift of life’s not meant for fools !





THE BATTLE’S O’ER ( 2018 ) 2018/10/20

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:47 am
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Lone vigil kept throughout the night

Doth end in early morning’s light

The stars all seem to bid goodbye

The wind reduced to but a sigh

Seems quiet has become God’s will

The battle’s o’er,  the heart now still !


TODAY IS HERE ( 2018 ) 2018/05/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 1:50 am
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The mist of morn is so discreet

It waddles in on soft cat feet

And sidles up without a peep

While much of life is still asleep,

All cuddled up wrapt in a quilt

That covers one up to the hilt

And close the eyes for one more snore

Before today bursts through the door !


NO LAST WORDS ( 2018 ) 2018/05/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:09 am
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At times I sense a whistle

As it rides upon the wind

There silent as the thistle

While it begs, “please let me in”.

When the moment seems to die

And the quiet does not bend

All the world whispers “goodbye”

And each friendship must now end !


EARLY MORNING ROUNDS ( 2018 ) 2018/03/09

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 12:17 am
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A glow of orange floods each room

To banish all life’s doom and gloom

The sun’s rays bouncing off the cots

If they are filled or they are not.

The morning stirs, the day begins

We cannot know who’ll lose, who wins,

The halls are quiet like a mouse

There are few sounds about the house.

I hear tip-toes along the hall

A squeaky wheel, a pregnant stall

The silence drowns my every thought

Too sad this spot where some are brought !


THE CONTEST ( 2018 ) 2018/01/23

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:02 am
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The wind and trees communing near

Share a language that we can’t hear

The rustling leaves stand on their toes

Assured which way each breeze now blows

The tenure of the branches sway

Sending its message to clear the way

The smallest lift aft day is done

Displays to all a contest won !



NOUGHT TO SAY ( 2017 ) 2017/05/25

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 10:15 am
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There was a tree that I had seen

Quite lush and large and oh so green

When I was young and not so tall

The tree had barely grown at all.

I’ve watched it age through all the years

Some good, some bad, some full of fears

But always spreading out each limb

As if in thanks offered to Him.

The tree is old, well I am too

If truth be told, we’ve shared a view

Times are long past, we’ve had our day

So like that tree nought left to say !


EDEN LOST ( 2017 ) 2017/01/27

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:19 am
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Does man get lost in hopes that are not fair

While ever wanting to seek paradise,

As trees lift up their arms to God in prayer

Are men then left alone to their device ?

Life has a vast divide existing there

To reach in darkness feeling no alarm

For man’s oft judged by trappings he may wear

And so has learnt how to evade this harm ?

But still in God’s lost idyllic garden

Where fragrant roses will forever bloom

Lie shadows of those soon forgotten

Not unlike whispers in a silent room !



NEVER ENDING COLD ( 2017 ) 2017/01/19

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:26 am
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I’ve trudged among the trees where winter breezes blow

Shuffled through the streets piled high with new fallen snow

Lingered in the shelter of tall buildings nearby

Silent as particles of snowflakes gently fly.

There is certain quiet that I appreciate

Appearing only after the hour has grown late

And so it is in winter we place dreams on hold

All’s impossible in this never ending cold !



BEDTIME ( 2016 ) 2016/11/16

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 8:01 am
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So now my Lord, the curtain falls

It’s gently slipping down the walls

The silence flowing all around

Leaves ne’er a whisper to be found.

The light is dim it barely shows

Its shadows all seem to have froze

Tis time for us to catch our sleep

And conjure dreams that we may keep !


WIN, LOSE OR DRAW ( 2016 ) 2016/09/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 6:46 am
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The air is still, no breeze at all

There is no sound, no lone bird call

The streets are silent, quiet, hushed

No barking dogs or frantic rush.

The silence permeates each room

Defining life’s tenacious gloom

Our God is there to keep the score

Controlling all win, lose or draw !


THE QUIET ( 2016 ) 2016/08/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:57 am
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The world is wide, the oceans blue

The mountains high are fresh with dew

The forests tall grow thick with green

There’s rivers flowing in between

Across the meadows o’er the hill

The air is quiet, ever still

The beasts, the fowl, the nesting bird

Are all the sound that can be heard

Oh what I’d give to join the crew

And tarry there till life is through !


SOTTO – VOCE ( 2016 ) 2016/05/18

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:35 am
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Speak softly now, oh my sweet soul

And we shall make it to our goal

Let kindness be the guide we use

While arrogance must we refuse.

For who is there will bear the pain

Of impudence again, again

The folly of impatient fools

Will put to waste all proper rules.

Beware my dear we have small choice

Tis better far speak sotto voiced !




CULMINATION ( 2016 ) 2016/02/22

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:26 am
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Oh what a waste all wars must be

God’s lesson in futility

The silence of the gentle folk

Whose fear these fatal times invoke,

Oh would that they might wish away

The consequences of each day.

Like the last prayer the dying said

These final words ere they are dead

With all the faith they place in them

Next year dear Lord, Jerusalem !


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 !


I SAW AN OWL ( 2015 ) 2015/10/14

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 2:26 am
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I saw an owl perched in a tree

He meant to hide himself from me

He seemed so quiet, somber, wise

I was not fooled by his disguise.

Oh mister owl you cannot sing

What message is it that you bring

You turn your head and blink your eyes

You will not win a beauty prize.

It is your wisdom that we seek

But who can learn, you do not speak

This wizened omen of the day

He turned his head and flew away !


ESCAPE ( 2015 ) 2015/08/13

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 4:57 am
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Just close your eyes, what do you hear

The sound of chaos on your ear ?

Oh what a joy that it would be

To hear the surf beside the sea

Or deep within a leafy glade

To cherish sounds God’s creatures made

Or like the quiet of the air

You sense in fields as you stroll there.

But all that I can do today

Is shut the windows, run away !


THE NIGHTTIME THIEF ( 2015 ) 2015/01/08

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 7:18 am
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The sun doth rise the day begins

Who makes the choice of loss and wins

The battle wages on it seems

And opts between nightmares or dreams.

The air is clear it makes no sound

A world of silence circles round

How still it is with bated breath

One listens for the knell of death,

It enters like a nighttime thief

And brings to some welcome relief !



VANISHED ( 2014 ) 2014/12/04

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 3:33 am
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No flower sweet by any name

Shall diminish the roses’ fame

Her nest of petals circled round

Wherein the heart of love is found.

While velvet touch upon the cheeks

Doth wilt away when silence speaks

These precious words that do not last

Are gone as blooms must fade and pass,

The joy of early rosebuds’s blush

Will vanish with our breath’s last rush !



LOST YESTERDAYS ( 2014 ) 2014/11/03

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:51 am
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Some memories I can’t retrace

They’re part of this my final race

Like thieves that scampered into night

Whose victims never knew the right.

The aged man the sweet-faced boys

Who filled my days with endless joys

Their names leap off my secret page

Now I have reached declining age.

Amid the faces I have kept

Are tears I’ve hid and never wept

While time each lonely fragment keeps

My heart recoils and weeps and weeps !

I prayed I might amend my sight

To never face that lost daylight

I could not bear those days again

That patient silent waiting pain.



DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA “HINDENBURG” ( 2013 ) 2013/07/28

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 5:23 pm
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It was a warm spring morning in May 1937 in south Jersey with much excitement and anticipation as today, the 6th, was to welcome the famous zeppelin Hindenburg to the Naval Air Base in Lakehurst.  There was no fencing around this giant landing field that hugged the state road where the huge dirigible was to land.  As would be expected, the entire German American community was getting prepared for the event with blankets and basket picnics.The Angerman household was no exception.  My Nana, great aunt Olga and myself had come down by train via the Lackawanna from Hoboken the day before to stay at the house in Cedarwood Park, still no running water !  Great uncle Otto met us at the Asbury Park train station, trip was  always  fun with food vendors, chanceboard hawkers and novelty sellers keeping conductors busy in the aisles and the riders amused, as the trip took several hours.  Well, here we were now in that square black Ford with the skinny wheels and that huge blimp was just over our heads in the sky, many cars had driven onto the field when suddenly the flames seemed to explode and everyone began to scream, my Nana whispered “der Gott in Himmel” and my great uncle sped that old car out of the grass lickety-split in absolute silence.  No one said a word.  That’s what I remember !                                                                                                      Sincerely,   Claire B.


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