Claire V. Bogdanos

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

GOODBYE ( 2020 ) 2020/02/21

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A  little  bit of heaven entered my life one day

Seems  so very long ago  and ever far away

And  through all the many  years he grew to be a man

He  learned to live a life complete  as most  persons can.

Well  that was yesterday  and he’s gone, by now  you  know

Never  seemed to me that he  would be the first to go

As  I  recall  every  moment of what  used to be

And  of the life  we  knew like  an  ancient  history.

But  he’s no longer here and  I miss his gentle touch

I  remember  his last words ” Mom I love you so much  ! ”



SAVED ( 2019 ) 2019/11/02

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What  I  leave behind,  of little  note

Are so many  words,  through life,  I wrote

Perhaps  some  few that you may here find

With  time through  memories,  shall  rewind

My  heart is true  and  oftimes  quite  sad

Because  I miss all  that I once  had

I  thank  the  Lord for the  gifts  He gave

And  the joys  we knew that each has  saved !


I LOVE YOU ! ( 2017 ) 2017/07/23

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Three words resound upon my ears

And play a role deflecting fears

They lend me strength beyond my years

And help me to absorb life’s tears !


NOT WRIT YET ( 2017 ) 2017/02/02

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I wonder if those words I hear

Whispered so softly in my ear

While I am half asleep in bed

And murmurs swirl around my head,

I find I’m caught within this spin

Of all the lines I must fill in.

Sometimes I cannot keep the pace

The words seem to get lost in space

And need a sort of safety net

To catch those thoughts I’ve not writ yet !


WORDS, WORDS ( 2016 ) 2016/05/26

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The thoughts they rise quick from the heart

So like a stream of stop and start

There is no way there is control

As words just start to roll and roll

Quite like the breeze or winds that blow

To keep recording with the flow

While from the mind this message send

T’would be alright if it should end !


OLD BONES ( 2016 ) 2016/05/25

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Now I’ve writ for many a year

Both out of love or foolish fear

I’ve learned to cut my words in half

To add a chuckle or a laugh,

And scale down every fancy word

So that my thoughts are plainly heard

I beg You Lord not to forget

That these old bones have some use yet !


MAGIC WORDS ( 2015 ) 2015/11/17

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When we were young and loved so true

The words we whispered were “I do”

To swear the truth or honor still

The vows we’ve pledged is that “I will”.

To do our duty, follow through

The words “I can” belong there too

And when the cause is fair and just

The answer should be this “I must”

Thus those statements we’ve said or heard

Become part of our sacred word !



WHAT IS TRUTH ( 2015 ) 2015/11/16

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To the youth it is invincibility

To the student, academic scrutiny

To the homeless, it’s acceptability

To the wiseman it is probability

To the aged inevitability

And to God, it is infallibility !


NO PRIVACY ( 2015 ) 2015/10/19

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A chill pervades the morning air

Outside the glass, all seems quite fair

A thought invades my whirling mind

If I should seek what shall I find ?

A world that’s lost in rhetoric

Of words and phrases, take your pick

Or texts that pop-up anywhere

While strangers all your thoughts do share.

There’s too much info that is free

What’s happened to our privacy ?


THESAURUS ( 2015 ) 2015/08/07

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I pull the words out of the air

There are so many words to share

Some words are good and kind and sweet

While some are mean, fierce, incomplete.

Of all the words I’ve ever used

I shy away from those confused

And try to stick to making sense

As nastiness has no defense.

I pray that God and I agree

Of all our words there are but three

That humans, angels, heaven too

All need to hear, that’s “I love you.”


THE SECOND LIE ( 2015 ) 2015/04/10

Filed under: POEMS.....THOUGHTS.....MEMORIES — bogdanosclaire @ 11:36 am
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Throughout our history we’ve learned

That words are more than image earned

From Cain’s admonishment reply,

“I know not”, that was his deny.

“Am I my brother’s keeper ?” so

From that day hence God made him go

Into the land of Nod went he

To live and raise his family.

( The first lie serpent spoke to Eve

“Ye shall not die”, and she believed

Alas, her true naivety

Willed us our real heredity ! )


mark bogdanos commented on : GROWING UP ( 2014 ) 2014/09/30

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for mom

those dear ones who knew them well

have not the voice for them to tell

and so we here behind locked door

will wait until tis locked no more

til then again with loved ones near

to tell those tales we hold so dear

and so it goes or so it seems

we are the stuff of hopes and dreams


HONESTY ( 2014 ) 2014/09/05

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What is it that men mean to say

Their words keep getting in the way

Feint tongues are stumbling o’er their teeth

Failing to state what’s underneath ?

Much easier to honest be

When will they learn that truth is free ?


ONE MORE CHANCE ( 2014 ) 2014/05/01

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Sometimes I think that I am smart

Possessed of kind and loving heart

My timid soul has tried its best

To reach the goal or pass the test.

At times I fall and get up fast

While rapidly, brief moments pass

Swift hours go by and I wax old

My bones seem stiff, my feet are cold.

The winds of change have come and gone

I have retained my lexicon,

I think I’d like just one more chance

Before my last and final dance !



REPRISE ( 2013 ) 2013/12/05

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Familiar words we’ve heard before

We wait without we seek no more

Though waiting can be hard to take

Because with time there is no break.

Repeated words that pique the mind

What will it be we cannot find ?

A faithful heart a kindly way

The help to face another day ?

Reprise in prayer and music blend

There’s but one life for us to spend.


HISTORY ( 2013 ) 2013/09/17

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Small matter what great deeds men do

With actions witnessed by the few

Who dying fall by roadside bend

Await the words of passing friend

Or stranger who without a cause

Did notice and took time to pause

And comment in a feeling way

About what happened on that day

And that is how the story grows

Turning lads into folk heroes !


DATELINE: HOBOKEN, N J, USA “CHICKEN OR EGG” ( 2013 ) 2013/08/27

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Which came first ?  You’ve heard the rhetorical question a thousand times over the years.  I think the answer is more complex  than it appears !  However it was answered for us many  millennia ago by the recorder of  the book of Genesis in the very first chapter.  One of the secrets of the Bible as a literary work is a “colophon” the signature or mark of the author of a chapter, section or verses.  It is never missing but one must learn to discern each writer’s  grammatical mark of ownership.  I am inclined to believe that we are the generation of the  “feet of clay” spoken of in Daniel,  chapter 2.  My favorite part has to be the handwriting on the wall,  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN;  thrilling,  TEKEL; PERES;  if I were forced to choose,  Daniel would be my favorite after Ecclesiastes !  I think !  But you can ask me again tomorrow.

Sincerely,                                            Claire B.


DATELINE : Hoboken, NJ, USA ” MAGIC WORDS ” ( 2013 ) 2013/06/10

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Do I have your attention?  Oh good, because today I’d like to introduce you to 5  ” magic words “, the keys to the kingdom.  I promised my children that these words, used properly,  would guarantee them success in life,  not in terms financial,  but in terms of peace and joy,commodities in short supply .  These words are:  ” PLEASE “, ” THANK YOU “,  ” SORRY”,” MA’AM “, and ” SIR ”  ( as in ” no ma’am”  or  ” yes sir ” ). ” Please ” and ” Thank you ” stand on their own merits and need no instructions !  However my family had difficulty accepting the responsibility of  ” Sorry “, does this sound familiar?  “Why?” you ask. ” Sorry ” does not signify your guilt. It simply reinforces your concern for others.  You should be sorry when you observe someone in stress or pain,  don’t you agree ? Therefore,   this word connotes genuine empathy in a world which appears to have lost its ” humanity “! If I do not agree with you on an issue,   I apologize and doesn’t that help you to experience less antagonism?    Now as regards the use of ” Ma’am ” and ” Sir “,   these words are a show of respect, another disappearing ” nuance ” of our fading society  ( with the exception of the military ). Structure plays a larger role in achieving personal success in as much as it utilizes our best qualities when necessary and these words form a part of that ! They indicate that we do care and will make an effort to listen with respect.   Am I mistaken?



Claire B.


DATELINE : Hoboken, NJ, USA ” IMPORTANCE OF WORDS ” ( 2013 ) 2013/06/04

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Have you ever thought about the importance of words?  The impact?  Such power!  We need to take great  care not to elicit ” improper ” response or reaction to poorly ” selected ” verbs, nouns and pronouns.  It is our duty since words are our ” work tools ” and come with implied cautions, prime example being ” Conciliation With The Colonies ” by Edmund Burke !  Read it.

Let’s consider Marie Antoinette’s  ” Let them eat cake, ” that was a true ” faux- pas “, do you agree?  How about ” Give me liberty or give me death “, 1775, what a result !  We are all familiar with Booth’s , ” Sic semper Tyrannus “, and notice what that brought about !  Heck, I’ve just begun, try on, ” VINI, VIDI, VICI ” for size.  There’s ” Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes, ” of Bunker Hill notoriety and what of John Paul Jones,  while in English waters,   ” I have not yet begun to fight “?

Can you picture Revere riding ” cross – country ” minus G.P.S., on his horse, shouting ” The British are coming “?  Do I see a few smiles emerging?  I am impressed with Hale’s, ” I regret that I have but one life to give for my country “,  aren’t you?  We are and have been a nation of heroes from our very first humble beginnings; a blending of convicts , slaves, fatherless exiles, deserters, whores, the dregs of European society and those seeking religious autonomy!  So let’s keep it up, after all this IS America the great!  Do you agree?  HooRah!  God bless us all.


Claire B.


ON THE MEANING OF WORDS ( 1963 ) 2013/02/20

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Speak gentle words and kindly words and words of heart’s content

Speak tender words and honest words and words of love well meant,

Tell softly in the shadows, and whisper in the rain,

With gladness when there’s laughter, in silence when there’s pain.

For words when steeped in passion, as arrows carry grief,

Fall harsh upon the hearing as wicked as a thief.

Though time, the faithful healer wil mend the broken bone

For illness of the wounded heart, no cure by man be known.


Within the limits of man’s lifespan, very brief indeed,

He’s given the tools to guide him, to fail or to succeed,

And among the very least of these was the gracious gift

Of voice with the magic power to love, and laugh, and lift.

And in all justice fairly, in the truth of every word,

Will the merit of each man, in finality be heard.


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