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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gratitude



Words on trees
pretending to be leaves,
swaying in the breeze,
floating in the universe. 
Kindness,
hope,
inspiration,
love,
grace,
faith,
peace,
words to live by.
I choose you to be
 the one for me,
you whisper in my ear,
when I awaken from my sleep.
I hear your voice   
in my dreams.
I have walked with you,
through our long journey.
You found me in a dark place,
and you lifted me,
you pulled thorns out of my soul.
We choose words,
to walk with them,
a word to define the year.
A new day,
a new page,
we slice to pieces,
to savor,
to squander away.
We choose a word to stuff
into the pockets of our hearts,
to fly on the wings of our spirit.
Gratitude,
you are my constant companion.
I whisper your 
name a thousand times.
I dance with you in the rain,
you embrace me when I weep.
You are simple and complicated,
you are fear, you are love.
You are tears, you are laughter.
I carry you as
you carry me. 


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106 comments:

  1. Lovely and thoughtful piece, Ayala! ~ j

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  2. Another ayala original that will make it into my favorites journal. As I'm praying to choose my word (yes, still...) I will read and re-read. This is wonderful. 'i carry you, as you carry me' - that's it!!

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    1. Thank you, Adrienne. Sweet of you, it's one of my favorites as well :)

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  3. ...when you think & write of honesty it comes out naturally from the heart...just like what you did here Ayala...this is so you...and that what makes you apart from the rest...ye fill this with grattitude and it can't be denied...smiles...

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    1. Thank you, Kelvin. Kind of you to say. :)

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  4. You wrote this beautifully and remind me that gratitude can be our friend throughout life. Thanks for this, I really enjoyed it, like a touching prayer.

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    1. Thank you, Myrna. It's not always easy but always a good companion.

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  5. This is beautiful and real. 'Words on trees
    pretending to be leaves' is going to roll through my mind all day...ooh I love that.

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  6. Great flow at your show and a little gratitude can go a long way any day.

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  7. smiles...i was in a pretty dark place when my wife came into my life....i love the last several lines....the contradictions...there is a love...but also a spirituality there...very nice ayala

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    1. Thank you, Brian. I am glad she came into your life and brought you light and love.

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  8. so wonderful if there's the trust and willingness to carry each other...so much love and warmth in your words ayala..

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  9. I love gratitude as a constant companion ~ Meaningful write Ayala ~

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  10. Gratitude definitely is a good word to carry with you throughout the day, throughout the year. I especially like

    "I carry you
    as you carry me."

    That definitely is befitting of gratitude.

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  11. One of my favorite words! The kids and I play the gratitude game. We take turns saying "I'm grateful for..." The one who repeats something already said is out, till one person is left. My kids think it's a "real" game, not just something Mom made up. :D

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  12. Gratitude is a state of mind that takes lots of practice... but when you have it, there's nothing like the "high" you get from it.

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  13. Oh Ayala... my heart feels so wide open and full all at once reading this. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. I know you practice it always. :)

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  14. So lovely... I think gratitude is one of the most difficult emotions to maintain, we take things for granted so easily.
    This will serve as a wonderful reminder throughout the year!

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  15. Truly beautiful, made me smile, really did! Delicately poised xoxo

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  16. "you embrace me when I weep" - Now that's gratitude, when it remains even as we weep. Peace, Linda

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  17. Words have so much power. There's a reason why we "spell" with them.

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  18. Beautiful, Ayala....a lovely word to live by :)

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  19. I love this...

    Words on trees
    pretending to be leaves,
    swaying in the breeze,
    floating in the universe.
    Kindness,
    hope,
    inspiration,
    love,
    grace,
    faith,
    peace,
    words to live by.

    Definitely words to live by :)

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    1. Thank you, Robert. Happy you enjoyed this.

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  20. I just love words on trees pretending to be leaves...such a great opening. A wonderful poem full of wisdom. Lovely Ayala. :)

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  21. I love this write on gratitude, especially because it is my word of the year. Thanks so much Ayala.

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    1. Thank you, Rudri. I know it's your word...and a fine one. I hope it's always kind to you. :)

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  22. Speaks straight to my heart this one, so beautiful :) <3

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  23. This makes me want to dance! How very lovely!

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  24. Gratitude...a difficult thing to maintain, but it should always be first in the feelings that motivate us. Nice work. Don't visit back, Ayala...no post for me tonight.
    SK

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    1. Thank you, Steve. Happy you enjoyed this. :)

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  25. Very lovely. Gr(e)at -titude - doesn't work but means great attitude! k.

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  26. This is lovely ayala! The poem and more so the subject matter! It gets one aware of the goodness of true love which many crave for. Sadly many may not savor such sweetness more through fault of their own! Nicely!

    Hank

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  27. Beautiful throughout, but I especially loved those last two lines. This was heartwarming.

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  28. Absolutely loved this Ayala! Gratitude is a great word, and really enjoyed how you played with how to use, love and fold the words-wonderful!!

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  29. What a beautiful visual. I'm glad you share your heart here, Ayala. It is such a beautiful one. = )

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    1. Thank you, Pat. You are so sweet :)

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  30. Love is in the air.........I loved the line "you pulled thorns out of my soul" :)

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  31. Some really lovely lines here, A ..none more than "we choose a word to stuff into the pockets of our hearts"...there are others, of course..beautiful write..!

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  32. Many lines here that I enjoyed, but most of all for the ideal - "I carry you as you carry me." Charming poem and the pup is charming too.

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  33. gratitude - totally love this concept - excellent poem.

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  34. Just beautiful, Ayala. Inspirational, too. Words to live by.

    Love,
    Lady Nyo

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  35. Beautiful expression of gratitude, and love cherished. It sounds a bit like a prayer of thankfulness. :)

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    1. Thank you...happy you enjoyed it :)

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  36. What a beautiful sentiment, Ayala dear. :) Thank you for sharing your lovely words with us.

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I appreciate it.

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  37. This is gorgeous Ayala! This feels redemptive--

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  38. Those last few lines, pack a punch, Ayala. Yes, gratitude is very important.

    Pamela

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  39. " We choose a word to stuff
    into the pockets of our hearts"

    Love.

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    1. Thank you, Stacia. My prayers are with you.

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  40. There is so much love in this. What a blessing to find someone like you (and I) have.

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    1. Thank you, dear Victoria. I appreciate it.

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  41. So very beautiful! I'm going to come back when I'm not in such a hurry and read it again...and again. These are words I want to savor. Thanks ayala for speaking from the heart!

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    1. Thanks, Kristi. Wishing you all the best.

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  42. How beautifully expressed. Gratitude.

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  43. Gratitude, freely offered and fully encompassing. Beautiful

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  44. Gratitude frees the soul :) what a beautiful post.

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  45. So beautiful Ayala...

    And a very Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thank you, Ameena. I hope 2013 is good to you. :)

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  46. A truly meaningful poem. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  47. dearest Ayala it is so good to read your poem ... it's beautiful. Hope you are doing fine. A happy new year to you and your family.

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    1. My dear friend, thank you. I hope you are well and I wish you the best! :)

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  48. I see a sincere poem, written solely with the heart, fascinating are the words used. A poem that remains in the heart of the reader.
    (The sea is a powerful voice that does not disperse over the years and often knows how to advise in times of distress)

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  49. Thank you, Matteo. I appreciate your thoughts here.

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