Monday, November 23, 2009

What I'm Thankful For

What I’m Thankful For

This hasn’t been the best of years,
So much for me has changed,
I’ve lost a job I cherished,
And my life’s been rearranged.

I’ve joined the ranks of pensioners,
And learned to live on less,
I’ll be the first to say,
It’s been a time of much duress!

In spite of this, I’m thankful,
For very many things,
Most of all, for my sons,
And a wedding, the new year brings.

I’m now the age for Medicare,
And my joints are stiff and sore,
Yet I still get about our planet,
So I’ve that to be thankful for!

I’ve rarely felt a hunger pang,
And I’m thankful every day,
I’ve eaten every type of food,
From ethnic to fine gourmet!

I’m blessed with many friends,
Who often stay in touch,
I’m thankful that I have them,
They have given me so much.

I’m now a full fledged blogger,
Which helps to keep me sane,
Thanks to those who “follow” me,
And keep coming back again!

I’m thankful for the oceans,
And the shores of distant lands,
For the brilliant painted sunsets,
For my life with less demands.

For the cool of foggy mornings,
And a baby’s dazzling smile,
For the whisper of “I love you,”
This all makes my life worthwhile!

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) 2009 by Carmen Henesy
All rights reserved. 


  1. Beautifully put, Carmen.

    Love Granny

  2. This is super inspirational, indeed!

    Garden Lizard

  3. Wonderful poem for Thanksgiving! A great reminder for us to be thankful for even the smallest blessing, Carmen!

  4. Anonymous7:43 AM

    Very nice ... life with less is sometimes better and less complicated.


  5. Lovely poem, Carmen, loved the ending. Yes, getting older brings it's own values. It's when we learn to appreciate things instead of taking them for granted. I wouldn't like to go back to what I was.

  6. That is just so beautiful. And how true.

  7. so true
    lovely poem

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Carmen. The poem has a lovely ring to it, mistyful and thankful, at the same time.

    Life changes. Once we flow with that change, things aren't so bad.

  9. Well Written!!! Loved it!hughugs

  10. Eloquently expressed Carmen. Beautiful prose.

  11. It is a joy to know you and read your Blog.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. I respect you.

    You are an owner of the samurai spirit.

    It is one of the purposes of the lives to have tough spiritual strength.
    I am convinced that you achieved it, and stand new stage.


  13. This is a great poem, I love it and it makes me feel like writing more of my own poems.

  14. Liss, please do write more of your poems! They are always wonderful!

    Ruma, Samurai spirit! I like that, indeed!

    jcollins, thanks for always reading my blog and for all your support!

    Poetic Shutterbug! You are simply the best. I wouldn't be blogging at all if you hadn't encouraged me.

    Donna, hugs right back at you!

    lakeviewer, I'm still battling at times, not going with the flow all that well but it does happen, occasionally, and I feel more at peace!

    sm, I am so glad to see your comments here!

    Bhavesh Chharbar, thank you for visiting my blog! Your Garden Lizard is spectacular!

    Icy, thanks for reading my thankful poem. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Retired and crazy, Warm thoughts to you at this special time of year.

    Anonymous Jim! We do tend to complicate our lives sometime, don't we??

    Valerie, you are so right. We do learn some appreciation of life with our advancing years!

    Granny, I am so thankful that you give me something to laugh about when I, often, forget!

  15. Margie: Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving Carmen! I printed out your squash casserole recipe for a co-worker this week. She is going to try it today. I'm eager to hear how it was. My sis was already making the squash this year or I would have tried it myself.

  17. Anonymous5:38 AM

    Now this is wonderful. I truly love all your poems, your posts. This one is my fave so far. you have such a gift here dear one. I am thankful I found you. BLessings and THANKS

  18. Perhaps it's a good opportunity to thank for that we will receive in the future.



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  19. carmen...what a sweet and heartfelt poem...
    it really was absolutely wonderful !

    I hope your thanksgiving was fabulous and your boys, by the way, are so handsome !!