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Saturday, January 4, 2014

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.
 
 
My word for this year is gratitude. Gratitude is my companion. I selected it last year as well. This is a poem I wrote then.
 

74 comments:

  1. smiles...my wife found me in a rather dark place as well when we first met...a very endearing poem, particularly that last bit ayala....and that your companion is gratitude...it will help you crawl out of that tough spot too...that is a cool word for the year...

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    1. It takes to be in the dark to appreciate the light. Thank you, Brian. I hope this New Year is everything you hope for.

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  2. What a lovely companion, gratitude ~ The word will carry us as we will be carried by the word ~ Wishing you happy weekend Ayala ~ Cheers ~

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    1. Yes, indeed :) Happy New Year Grace.

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  3. There for one another, way to be at your sea

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  4. Gratitude is elusive most times but yearned for. Very well crafted ayala!

    Hank

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  5. Beautiful poem Ayala that leaves me feeling full of gratitude, which is one of my favorite states of being.

    Cheers!

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  6. I think gratitude is a beautiful companion to carry throughout the year, ayala. I wish you stuffed-to-the-brim pocketfuls of it for 2014!

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  7. what a wonderful word as a companion for the year... so much fruit will grow from it... blessings and all the best for you for 2014

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. I wish you the same. :)

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  8. Gratitude is a wonderful word, Ayala. I think we all need to take time in our lives to be grateful for what we have. Your poem today is a love poem. And we all must/ should be grateful for love!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I believe it all starts with gratitude.

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  9. There is truly so very much to be thankful for!

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  10. Beautiful love poem!
    Gratitude is a wonderful quality to emphasize. Sadly I find that many people, myself included, tend to forget to feel grateful as often as we should.

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    1. Sadly we forget..until we have a wake up call...good to carry it with us ...

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  11. Great love poem.. I was intrigued by the first lines that really pulled me into the poem... great write

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  12. Gratitude is an excellent word, engraved in all of my fiber. I am grateful to see you again, hope your holidays were good.

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    1. Thank you, Myrna. I hope yours were great as well. Happy New Year.

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  13. A lovely, lovely poem, and I can think of no better word to carry in a pocket than gratitude.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. Yes..I can't think of a better word to carry.

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  14. Gratitude is a wonderful word. This is a beautiful poem and such a lovely reminder that there is hope and plenty for us to be thankful about. "you pulled thorns out of my soul" what a true blessing to have someone like that in your life. I hope this year is filled with an abundance of blessings for you.

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    1. Thank you kindly. I wish you the same. Happy New Year.

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  15. What a wonderful piece, Ayala. The person you've written about is blessed to have you. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

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  16. This is so lovely, both in art and thought, Ayala! Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. Nice to see you again :)

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  17. The picture and then the first couple of lines had me
    hooked..a lovely poem.

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    1. Thank you kindly. :) Happy New Year.

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  18. I though this was excellent. Having participated in the gratitude letters(you know about them) i have a good understanding of the power of gratitude in my life. So beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. :)

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  19. Very rightly said about gratitude and so many lacks it. Thorns out of soul - loved the effect of it.

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    1. Thank you..having the thorns in the soul was hard...

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  20. What a beautiful poem and word for the new year...if it ain't broke , why fix it?! Great word. Really enjoyed this, and my word for the year is Renewal! Happy New Year. Love the pup pic!

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    1. Renewal is a great word. Happy New Year! :)

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    1. I love that to..thanks..I found it unexpectedly....a gift :)

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  22. great word to live by...I have chosen a word for this year also...believe..that is mine...forever grateful...bkm

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    1. Believe is a strong word as well. I hope it's all magical. Thank you.

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  23. So beautiful and touching. Wonderfully written.

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  24. A wonderful word for the year. I hope your year is filled with as much light and grace and beauty as your writing.

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    1. Thank you, dear Mary. You are too kind.

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  25. a good word...gratitude...a great write...and a wonderful reminder! ~jackie~

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  26. yes, your poem captures gratitude.I especially liked the play on carrying at the very end.

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  27. A spirit of gratitude should be in all of us. It is good advice you write there with your lovely words.

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  28. very touching poem... gratitude is something we all need to carry with us

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    1. Thank you, Anthony. Definitely. :)

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  29. A heartwarming poem. I couldn't think of a better word to live by.

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  30. As always I am grateful for your beautiful words and how you weave them together with grace and love dear Ayala.

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    1. My dear Laura, I am grateful for you always being there. Happy and Healthy New Year.xo

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  31. Your words and my words should have a cup of tea together.

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  32. to carry tears and laughter... such a love

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  33. Attitude of Gratitude! Words for all days--EVERY year. Great choice.
    I was moved reading these lines:

    "You found me in a dark place,
    and you lifted me,
    you pulled thorns out of my soul."

    Oh Ma'am, what MORE can one do for another? It is LOVE of which you speak throughout this piece.
    And the ending...words to copy, read daily, practice, realize, and stuff into the pocket of my heart.

    Thank YOU, Ayala!
    PEACE and LIGHT!

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    1. Well my friend, thank you so much. I wish you Peace, Love, Light and the best of everything. I know that you really understand this poem . :)

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  34. Gratitude is everything. Happy New Year Ayala. ;)

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  36. You pulled thorns out of my soul, so powerful. Love your chosen word. I'm still pondering on mine for the year.

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  37. A lovely poem. I really like this line especially:

    "We choose a word to stuff
    into the pockets of our hearts,
    to fly on the wings of our spirit."

    Happy new year, Ayala!

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  38. a very beautiful poem. gratitude makes one humble. an essential trait!

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  39. You can never go wrong with gratitude, Ayala! And another fan here of those pockets in the heart, what a sweet line.

    Thinking of you of late and glad to see your shining words here that inspire and uplift..

    xoxo

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