Saturday, March 3, 2018

Gifts




I gift you a morning sunrise,
in late winter,
new-minted with promise,
a fresh day unfolding.

I gift you hours with loved ones,
sharing songs, and stories, and laughter,
and tears, in the remembering
of those things that have been lost.

I gift you sunshine and birdsong,
and a winter hummingbird,
magical and unexpected,
at the feeder,
blue jays and scarlet cardinals,
and a horse in the field,
huffing small clouds of breath
into the cold air.

For your lonesome heart,
I send you an old dog's smile,
patient and devoted,
and always there.

For your tomorrows,
I send you a small fairy
sprinkled with moondust,
and a wand,
to bid you safe passage,
and the certain knowledge
you have a place in this world
that is distinctly yours, where you
are treasured and needed.

I wish you open hands
to receive each day's gifts,
to store away in your heart
like nuts from a winter squirrel.


This poem is adapted from one I wrote for a friend back in 2016, when I lived at the farm, and there were horses in the field. The photos were taken last night at the beach.

Shared with the Poetry Pantry at Poets United.


25 comments:

  1. Oh, what lovely gifts – including the glorious photos. Thank you! Received with delight.

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  2. What beautiful photos of YOUR beach and wonderful gifts. Your writing is always a gift as well.

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  3. I like the idea of the gifts stored like a squirrel...we need to collect while we can!

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  4. A wonderful gift..beautifully updated. I can't believe it's been a year..I'm glad you have the beach now

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  5. Love this soo much especially; " I gift you hours with loved ones, sharing songs, and stories, and laughter, and tears, in the remembering of those things that have been lost".. Beautifully executed!💞

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  6. What a beautiful assortment of gifts Sherry. What better than that old dog's smile. Some of my best friends were our dogs.

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  7. The photos are stunning. Peaceful! A beautiful poem filled with gifts. Thank you, Sherry.

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  8. Some gifts are ever-giving: smiles, sunrises, a friend's love... Love the gentleness of this, the peaceful tone.

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  9. Beautiful gifts we all need these days....a poem of looking at the world with grateful eyes as we tear ourselves away from the insanity. Thank you for this gift!

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  10. thank you for the lovely gifts, Sherry.
    especially in these days of hot air and lies and idiocy.

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  11. I love gifts like this... Gift like this will not deplete the world.

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  12. Beautiful blessings... with these gifts, the world looks a better place.

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  13. Some of my favorite things, the blessings that make life worthwhile.

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  14. oh i like those images - esp. the one with the horse was very visual for me

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  15. You gift like a Goddess would: you give the gifts and the hands to receive them

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today Sherry

    much love...

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  16. Beautiful gifts that will only enrich our lives and the world instead of draining. I especially like the gift for a lonesome heart, the smile and love of an old dog. That drew tears from me but happy ones. Thank you.

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  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your gifts are treasures to me. Your poem is such a treat of beauty. It inspires gratitude, which I too often forget.

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  18. How privileged Sherry, to be given the opportunity and experience of wonderful country living.

    Hank

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  19. I would be honored to be gifted with such a poem, as I'm sure the original recipient was.

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