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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Blessings


At four, my family and me,
Were just as close as we could be.
My Mom and Dad and girls and boys,
Were blessings sent to give me joy.

When I was eight, my blessings most
(Or those of which I liked to boast)
Had four hooves and lived ‘out there’,
The fields beyond the barn somewhere.

And then, with time, my blessings changed,
And somehow became re-arranged,
My friends were more important then,
That year I hit the age of ten.

At twenty, I found something more,
A man unlike I’d know before.
Admirer, lover and a friend,
Brought blessings that would never end.

Six blessings joined us, one-by-one.
At thirty-two, I held my son,
Then looked upon his siblings, vast,
Decided he would be my last.

For sixty years, my blessings came.
But not of money, nor of fame,
I look around, I’m filled with awe
My blessings now call me Grandma!

(I have to add a small P.S.
For splendid friends. They are the best.
And one I’d like to mention here,
Is Awesome Sarah. Let's all cheer!)

Each Month, Karen of Baking in a Tornado challenges us with a new poetry topic.
This month? Blessings!
What could be better?!

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17 comments:

  1. Such a great look at your blessings through the years.
    You said you'd add Sarah and you did!

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  2. Oh what a great poem. Love how you took the reader through all your life's blessings. Very special. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Candice! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! :)

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  3. HAHAHA! I love it!! You've had some awesome blessings!

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  4. Beautiful blessings...just the right kind.

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  5. Your blessings are the very best kind. More precious than rubies.

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  6. That's what life is really all about - people to love, people who love us.

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  7. I absolutely loved this Diane! It was perfect and beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful! I love how you told us your story in poem form.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn! Life is just better in rhyme! :)

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  9. Ahhh! I love this!! I love how you told such an amazing story AND included Sarah. :)

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