I've never lacked a wealth of
experience, poignant sorrows
and soaring joys. And always
there were smiling eyes, baby
smiles and soft skin to touch,
touchinbg mine. And standing
by me, my man. And my faith.
Sure, there were disappointments,
duplicities, divorces, incivilities.
Cancer, surgeries, death and
enmities. But over it all, a sense
of knowing love was there
filling them up, already making
everything right, new again.
I can't forget the beauty I see
each day in waffling leaves,
in buzzing bees, flowers and
children, my lover, my freedom.
In my travels, my neighbors, in
strangers and answered prayers.
In notes of care, helping hands, poetry,
books and music from every land.
In all that is virtuous and beautiful,
my life is full of riches every day.
first published in The Rockford Review
also published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in The Lisle, IL Public Library
©2015 Bonnie Manion