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Paula - Have you written any poetry, lately ?
Perhaps we should all try to wax poetic, now that the days are starting
to get longer..!
The Challenge is out, for everyone on the Team !
Can you write a poem, about Spring ?
There will be goodies, to all who submit an original poem ( one that they
have written ) on this thread !
I'm going to try this Challenge !
Anyone else ?
Good luck !
May the Muses be with you !

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I've just noticed that nobody has commented on any of the poems, yet !
I'll then take the liberty of being the first one !
I really like the poem about friendship !
I like how the poem likens friendship to a gold chain, composed of
smiles, laughs and tears !

I'll give myself a Team goodie, on the weekend !
Who else is up for a goodie ?
I'll keep giving goodies, for all good replies !

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To make things a bit more fun, there will be Spark-goodies given to those commenting
on any of the poems, shown on this thread ! I just want to see if anyone is reading this
thread. Of course, I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised ....!
Next, follows a few short poems, which I hope you'll like :
" A little peaceful home bounds all my wants and
wishes. Add to this my book and friend - and
this is happiness supreme. "
- Michel de Montaine

" A friend is a present you give yourself."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

" Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves."
- Sir James Barrie

All the poems, that I have posted, on this thread, have been taken from Hallmark's Treasures : " Friendly Thoughts ". Hope you like them !

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Perhaps, I should have illustrated that last poem, with flowers !
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Here is a nice poem about friendship, by James Boswell :

" We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship
is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop,
there is at last a drop which makes it run over.
So in a series of kindnesses... there is at last
one which makes the heart run over. "

James Boswell

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Here is another nice poem, " Taking Time ", by Kay Andrew.

Lord, let me take time to see the flowers
That grow by the side of the road,
Let me take time to lend a hand
That will lighten another's load,
Let me take time to hear the sounds
Of happy children at play,
Let me take time to visit a friend
Who might be lonely today,
Let me take time to share my thoughts
With those who are dear to me,
And let me take time for a quiet hour
To spend, Lord, alone with Thee."

- Kay Andrew

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Here's another nice poem, entitled, " A Sheltering Tree ", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge :

Flowers are lovely ; love is flower-like ;
Friendship is a sheltering tree ;
Oh, the joys that came down shower-like,
of friendship, love and liberty..."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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I just found this lovely poem, with no name attached to it...

" Friendship is a chain of gold,
Shaped in God's all perfect mold,
Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear,
A touch of the hand, a word of cheer."

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Here is a nice poem :
" Summer Sky ", by Mary Chalkley Schott.
Up high,
cotton candy clouds.
as unambitious as myself,
float by.
Swallows
look like little V's
as they glide the air
with ease.
Then the breeze
becomes a broom
and sweeps both birds
and clouds away,
And the sun
brings down the curtain
of another lovely day.

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Paula - It is nice to stop by, and see some of your poetry !
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Winters Beauty

The cold winds blow tossing the
falling snow.
Snow is all around pure and white.
What a beautiful night.

In the morning the tall oak tree,
standy sturdy as can be has its branches
covered with snow, it can't shake free.

A sleigh ride in the country, the sound of
horses hoofs, what a delightful way to spend
the day.

The children sledding, ice skaters skating,
are all about winters beauty, how beautiful
it is to me.

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Waiting....

Here I sit waiting for the snow to
stop.
Here I sit waiting for the phone
to ring.
Here I sit waiting for most anything.

Waiting has a way to give me patience,
it surely helps while the coffee is
perking.

If waiting is all I have to do,
then I will wait to hear from
you.

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what a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing it.
it certainly was inspiration to write such a heart touching poem...

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Yes, I do feel God is leading me away from the Special Ed. I know I need to pay more attention to the grandchildren. I want to be productive, so I guess, I just keep exploring options till I hear God's voice again.

The following poem was written by my SP friend Karena-G


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a person was arguing, not child, not spouse.
The family was waiting, watching with care
To see if Christ would manifest there.

They brought out their Bibles from under the stacks
Of books they had intended to read but were lax
From the beginning of Matthew & Luke, but not Mark,
They read stories of the birth of the little monarch.

In Matthew they discovered Joseph coming up with a scheme
Before the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
To keep him from divorcing Mary who was expecting
A child from the Holy Spirit she was protecting.

When Joseph awoke, he did as he was told
To fulfill what had been spoken by prophets of old:
A young girl would conceive and bear him a son
Given the name of Emmanuel, the holiest one.

In Luke the people read about Mary
Whom God had chosen from many to carry
Gods very own son conceived from above
To show all the people about Gods love.

After reading the stories, you could hear the exclaim,
A truly great story, but its really a shame.
Theres all we can do to keep on surviving
Given all that we do just to keep on striving

Through suffering, disease,
Drug addiction, crime,
Poverty, and unease,
Then plain dirt, and grime,
From the moment we get up
To the moment we go to bed
Were constantly working
Just to keep ahead.

From so long ago & removed from our story,
How does our life compare to such glory--
A young girl so willing, obeying her Lord
A man who wont hurry to divorce such discord?

Unheard of! Not likely! Were doomed. Thats for sure!
They grumbled & scowled as they returned to the lure
Of gadgets, possessions, toys--you just name it.
Anything to distract from having to claim it.
Wait! said the youngest. Is that the end of the story?
Well, no, said their mother, Theres more love & glory.
They decided to keep reading both Matthew & Luke,
Wanting it to be much more than a fluke.

They read about wise men going a great distance
Just to be in the presence of such Godly existence;
Of shepherds hearing angels singing high in the sky
And hurrying to witness what caused such an outcry.

I wonder, said the eldest, how willing we would be,
To go to such great lengths to experience the deity?
Would we be willing to obey all that God asks as our King?
Would our hearts fill with song such as angels might sing?

Silence began to descend in their midst.
Each was pondering how this might affect how they exist.
What if each day was given to God as a gift?
Maybe life wouldnt seem so without meaning and adrift.

Slowly, but surely, their hands reached out to each other,
Mother, and father, sisters, and brothers.
A prayer began with an earnest request
That each family member help Christ manifest.

They looked at each other, with tears of such delight, saying:

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


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I do too Cathy,and have found places to write them making a web page and share them with friends on line and family. I have written over 500 poems don't know how many short stories of different kinds.
I did get my Angel book printed, soft cover, and I am the publisher. It was very expensive to have the book printed. That's another story, of how God moved in my life.
I checked on publisher's and they are costly too.
I have other ideas and with the help of Echo how to get the other three books of Angel's in Training done.
First I have to find them lol with the move there are still office boxes to check, or my daughter might have them. She is vtpharmgirl aka joanne
she did the editing of my first book.

Ok enough about me, lol I get carried away at times.

You have great ideas and if I can help you in anyway let me know...Of course you can write, on a good day put pen to paper, or fingers on keyboard and go for it. I would be happy to let you know the web site I use now, and it is free.
Oh gosh, write about Job that poor man was afflicted with everything. Others in the bible were too. Job happens to be a story I like to read when I feel sorry for myself. Then I say, "what the heck are you complaining about to me."
You certainly have grand plans :) I feel you are being inspired by God to pursue them.

all the best to you my friend,
my email addy is:
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i would be happy to send you the book :)

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I love to write, have lots of journals and some poems and stories. I tend to start projects and not finish them. I hit writers block about the rest of the Christmas poem for Buddy. I guess I am not disciplined enough. Although writing might be something I can do with this illness. I would have to do a lot of studying and rewriting to get to any kind of publishing quality. I would like to write a curriculum book based on my friend's curriculum she wrote for her classroom. I would love to write about my students and how they touched my life, but due to confidentiality have avoided that. I have some ideas for a story line to combine disabilities with biblical stories. I also, want to write a family cookbook to self publish just for the family. So you see lots of grand plans.

Is "Angels In Training" published?

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thank you Cathy, I did write a childrens book called
"Angel's In Training". Now I just dabble in them. I blog them once in awhile or use to lol

I will again....

do you like writing?

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Cute. My first thought was you have the makings of a good children's book. Then I decided it was right up there with the Fractured Fairy Tales I used to watch on TV.
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The Frog named HOP

Hop was having a great day
out hopping along.
He hopped right on a turtle,
and the turtle said, "get along."

He hopped right on a snake, and
the snaked hissed saying, "go
back to where you belong."

He hopped onto a lilly pad,
fell asleep, fell off, and
almost drowned.

Hops day wasn't going to good
now, as he sat on the shore,
afraid to hop.
When out of no where came a huge
frog and hopped on Hop.

the moral of this story is,
do not stay in one place to
long, keep moving least you
get hopped on to. :)

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Paula, The gaseous Santa should be a good laugh. Have fun.

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I went back and edited out the typos and errors I spotted.

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Twas the night before Christmas and all of the dogs,
Were curled on clean pillows sleeping like logs.

The beds were all made, so tidy and neat,
How can I toss them, when they're looking so sweet.

As I scoot in beside one he gives a low growl.
Please give me some room, I need to sleep now.

Santa is coming I don't want to miss out.
Move your behind or Ill tweak on your snout.

Sweet little dog, I need to sleep soon.
Please quit your howling it's only the moon.

A thump and a rattle are heard on the deck
I leap from my bed thinking What the heck

The dogs dash downstairs to check out their prey
Im close behind shouting Sit down and Stay

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But sweet dear raccoon with no tail on her rear.


************
I will add more to it later, and tweak on the pentameter. I think I want to work in the miracle of the animals. Not sure yet how I want it to end.

PS: Note to self.....I have used the word "sweet" too many times.

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Errors? Where are the errors?
Looks for errors....don't see any.
Thats ok, having fun we are still
up tired as can be, another cup
of coffee for me.

Its 10 degreees out, thank goodness
the wind isn't blowing. Nice and warm
in here.
the pups retired to bed, they are smart.

This is funny, in one of the catalogues
there is a santa clause that farts, going
to get it for waynes dad lol will be perfect for him :)




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Nice songs. I can even sing your poems.


I spotted a couple errors, but too tired to work on the poem tonight. Had a big but good day.

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Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells, so much noise
I can't sleep.
I toss and turn, then put on the light,
I slip out of bed in the middle of the
night.

I hear the pitter, patter of tiny feet
then a chasing going on through the
house,I think my fur babies are chasing a
mouse.

I grab the fly swatter to help out, when
all of a sudden the mouse snuck out.
Then I heard three knocks on the door,
I knocked three times back waited for
more.

There was a silence then I heard,
jingle bells, jingle bells, one more
time, then I remembered they were
mine.





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So you better think twice,
if you've been naughty or nice.
For under your tree just maybe
empty.

For Santa Claus is Coming To
Your house...
Mouse or no mouse he is visting
your house.


cute Cathy:)

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Santa is coming I don't want to miss out.
Move your behind or I will tweak your snout.

Or.....here is my other next line. You guys can help. I think the second one is better.

Santa is coming I need to sleep soon.
Please quit your howling it's only the moon.

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ahhhhhh, so cute, hope you do finish it CATHY:)

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Twas the night before Christmas and all of the dogs,
Were curled on clean pillows sleeping like logs.

The beds were all made, so tidy and neat,
How can I toss them, when they're looking so sweet.

As I scoot in beside one he gives a low growl.
Please give me some room, I need to sleep now.

****I want to continue working on this, but at a later date.

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I love what you guys are writing. Think I'll just come in and read as I can't make my brain work for now. Too much dealing with Mom getting worse. Hugs, Echo

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Kind of a bad day with the CFS so the song will have to wait. Here is an alliteration.


Softly slipping through the sky, snowflakes soundlessly fall settling with serenity.

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I found a song my Sunday School kids and I wrote. I will try to get it posted tomorrow.

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The Snowshoe Bunny

We have a snowshoe bunny out in our front
yard.
His tracks were spotted, hop, hop, hop.
I can just imagine how cute he is, long
floppy ears, and white as the snow.

We are going to buy bunny food, putting it
close to the house, maybe we can catch him
not as a pet, but as a treat to eat instead.

ROFL this is true the part about the snowshoe
bunny, no we wouldn't eat him lol

by:paula

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Cathy the poem is wonderful...thank you for posting it, and sharing it with us. :)

Echo hurry back lol

I will try and think of another one....

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Nice poems Paula!

I wrote this one Last year for Buddy who is currently curled in a ball snoozing peacefully while pressed against my back.


VALENTINE FOR BUDDY

Bumbling bouncing bundle of Joy
Buddy brings boots and bits of his toy

Buddy oh Buddy my bad little boy

Brambles, and briars and black berries too
Bumps, lumps and scratches are all over you

Buddy oh Buddy what did you do?

Bees wax and bedlam, borrows my keys
Burrows between rocks and beside trees

Buddy oh Buddy I need them back please

Bath time and bedtime barking at coon
Biting toy balls and baying at moon

Buddy oh Buddy please go to sleep soon

Brilliant and bold, turning in nest
Beautiful boy, peaceful at rest

Buddy oh Buddy you are the best


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The Weeping Willow

Up on a hilltop a weeping willow stands.
Not even a flower grows near, below are
fields of flowers the weeping willow can see.

It cries needing friendship so lonely and
blue.
The wind softly blows as the tears fall away
as it whispers my friend I am here for you today.

A little girl running through the field of
flowers comes upon the willowtree asking,"why do
you cry"? The wind softly blowing whispers in her
ear, as she says, "I will be back, Mr. Willow Tree.

She runs home to find her dad, "we need to plant
friends for the willowtree dad", she says.
Her dad replies, "come follow me, we will see
what we can find, everyone needs friends like you
are mine".

He cut down a pine tree, a walnut tree, and acorn tree,then planted them around the willowtree.
The willowtree spreaded out it's roots, grabbing
hold of the other tree's root's wrapping them
around as though holding hands.
A bond of frienship began, because the little
girl cared enough to understand.

by: paula Strasburg

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A Christmas Of Light

How beautiful are the lights of
Christmas shinning ever so
bright.

Houses are decorated, streets are
decorated with candy canes, and
wreaths hung way up high.

Snowfall glistens, and children
are singing,,and mom's baking pie.
The most brightest light of all is
Jesus' light shown outside us all.

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I ran across this poem doing a little research for Lent. Read it out loud if you love poetry. It just flows off the tongue beautifully.

Hail, happy saint, on thine immortal throne,
Possest of glory, life, and bliss unknown;
We hear no more the music of thy tongue,
Thy wonted auditories cease to throng.
Thy sermons in unequall'd accents flow'd,
And ev'ry bosom with devotion glow'd;
Thou didst in strains of eloquence refin'd
Inflame the heart, and captivate the mind.
Unhappy we the setting sun deplore,
So glorious once, but ah! it shines no more.

This was written by a slave named Phillis Wheatley for the funeral of Reverand George Whitefield in 1770. The poem is much longer, but this is a good sampling. She was so incredibly articulate.

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Roses love sunshine,
violets love dew,
Angels in heaven watching
over you.
hang your head over,
hear the wind blow,
Gods voice is saying,
"I Love You So."

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God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers
every spring and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe,
and He chose your heart.
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Never be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed, you endured the pain and God has healed you. ~Author Unknown~
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Cute!


Are you doing this from the hospital?
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Hospital food is a disgrace
It ends up all on your face
The soup is cold
The bread is old
How did you land in that place?
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There was an old lady who
wore old shoes.
One red, one blue.
She put them away in
her closet.
Beside them she laid
her locket.
Looking the next day,
for her shoes to wear.
She found they disappeared
from the closet.

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From Edward Lears A Book of Nonsense

Limerick
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

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There once was a logger from Goble
Who fell fir of Douglas and Noble
He started his saw
Heard the crow caw
While flying with phone that was mobile.

(Probably too regional, but crows do like to steal shiny stuff)
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Taking Time...

Taking time away from what you do, can be a hazard to you.
For you know that each moment spent becomes a moment
you won't regret.

Plan your day, with encouragement, positive attitude,
and accomplishments met.
You have done so well with goals you met, keep on
going to your success.

Kick up those heels and give a shout, this is
what positivity is about.
Kick them high, higher than that.
Exercising is good for the heart.

by:Paula Strasburg
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thank you :) takes a bow lol

Riddles.....

give me time to figure it out,
I will surely give you a shout,
when I think of words to rhyme,
I will watch for when you post
the nex time. :)

hugs, Paula :)

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Well done. The visual image is great! Although I think the noise and smack on the head was a tad painful.

Alliterations are fun. So are limiricks. It may take me a couple of days, but I will come up with something.

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buoyed up on the rising tide
a fleet of head boards bang the wall

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Olfactory clues
To warm cinnamon delight
Comfort for cold night

Paula, This haiku is structurally correct, in that I had the 5 7 5 syllables and addressed season or weather, the senses and feelings. But it is weak. So my challenge to you is to re-word it, but keep the topic.

ee cummings would write; "nose, food, weather".

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thank you Cathy. I will be posting more in time.
hope you have a great day,

hugs, paula :)

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Very nice Paula. I did not notice this thread before. It will take a few days, but I might be able to come up with a good haiku.

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Words Not Seldom Heard

In brousing through the dictionary,
for words we seldom here, thought
I would make a list of them right
here.

The first word is, overwhelmed,
then there is, uplifted, soaring high,
beautiful, hopefull, anxious, etreme.

My version of these words put together are:

I am overwhelmed by your honesty and cheerfulness.
for you have uplifted my spirit, to soaring
high. How beautiful you are, hopeful and anxious,
you have gone to the extrems , to make me happy.

Words spoken from the heart, are the truest of
all, be still, be silent, hear them fall.


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Positivity

Positivity is a word often used.
To turn a negative upside down.
How can we do this everyday,
When problems of life get in the way.

Being positive helps us to focus.
On the good things of the day.
Like waking up, the sun is shining,
this is going to be a very good
day.

The next thing is motivation, that comes
from the desire within, we all have it
there.
To push yourself forward, the best that
you can.
A little at a time if you must, remember
there is no need to rush.

Positivity with motivation brings success
to all you do.
With this in mind don't stop now, for in
the end your an achiever too.

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