Humble Gratitude

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By: Wayne Brown


(Writer’s Note: This verse was inspired by a tribute I received from a friend here on the Hub recently. I was very touched by the many fined words offered so sincerely and more humbled by the comments which followed. I thank “thebluestar” for that wonderful tribute and offer you the chance to read it as well at the following link) http://thebluestar.hubpages.com/hub/Parchment-to-Verse-A-Thank-You-to-A-fellow-Hubber




The sun shone brightly upon me today


Shining from Ireland, a land so far away


Like a spotlight shining on a stage ensemble


Shining only on me; making me ever so humble




The words of praise a friend would offer


Is far more dear than any monetary coffer


Those emotions offered so generous and free


Place me in awe and so very humble me




My scribes upon the page strike a heart


With a person a whole world apart


The power of words written upon the page


Putting me in the forefront; upon the stage




Words have promise, meaning, and life


Bringing forth emotions; softening the strife


Words have power to heal, mend, and repair


Bringing solace to those in deep despair




Readers bring life; breathing it into the words


Absorbing; giving meaning to phrases heard


Focusing words of emotion to life from the page


Giving kudos and thanks to the scribing sage




Though I write the words, I know not what they do


I pull them from my heart; place them there for you


To read and experience in any way you may


With the hope that they may impact your day




I am but a simple man; a scribe of words on the page


I write from my emotion as an actor on the stage


And though I place those words for all out there to see


It never fails; the response is always humbling to me



©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved


10/4/2011


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This is so beautiful and true. The words we speak even in regular life hold much power-- to raise up, or tear down, give hope or fear, express love or anger and hatred.

But a poem has the capacity to go straight to our hearts and is a gift to the reader. I was so happy to see Annette's tribute to you and now this poem of humble gratitude that you've dedicated to her. It is this kind of interaction that uplifts and teaches all of us.

Thanks for sharing this.

Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Wayne, What a lovely expression of gratitude. I think that to the writer, words unread are a bit like a musician's song unheard, they poor forth from our hearts and souls, but they don't really live until they are shared. Awesome and beautiful, also voted up.

Kristen


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Wayne my dear friend, there are no wise words or comments from the pen of this old gal who holds you in the highest esteem. You are a wonderful person whose talent is amazing, and I am the fortunate one to read your words of truth, light and love. I will always be indebted to you Wayne for touching my soul, and for words written by you that echoed my dreams and will stay in my heart for ever more.I thank you so much for your generosity, but more so for being the simple humble man and friend that you are. xx


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smbunlimited 5 years ago from Washington

I am a new "hubber" and I am inspired to read your verse and find birds of a feather in the prose form of reality of life!


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justmyopiniontoo 5 years ago

Beautiful in every sense of the word!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Wayne , this is great , and yet I'm not surprised that people from another country loves you're writing! I am humbled and amazed when I read my comments yet! We just don't think about how our words might help others. Writing is good for us ! And it's good for the readers too! I vote this all up!And just as the others , when I think of real writers ,Wayne Brown comes quickly to mind.......:-}


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This is a precious, beautiful poem, Wayne, and this stanza that you wrote is brilliant:

'Words have promise, meaning, and life

Bringing forth emotions; softening the strife

Words have power to heal, mend, and repair

Bringing solace to those in deep despair.'

You are still the MAN!


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

nature is the best teacher...we all can live a life depending on it....u made a very right approach in your poem mentioning this natural gift graced to we all.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Happyboomernurse...Thank you. Having read the things Annette wrote in her post, I was humbled and quite moved that anything I write could have that much impact. I felt inspired in those moments to write. Thanks for the great comments. WB

@K.Burns Darling...You are so right. The writer can use all the words and phrases in all sorts of fashions but ultimately it is the "reader's interpretation" of that work that eventually brings life to it. On that basis, a writer should never discount the perspective of the reader. Thanks for the great comment. WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Thanks so much, Annette. I wish you well with the publication of your memoirs and feel connected to it now with the poem included. Please let me know when it goes on sale. I will be watching! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Thanks so much, Annette. I wish you well with the publication of your memoirs and feel connected to it now with the poem included. Please let me know when it goes on sale. I will be watching! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@smbunltd...Welcome aboard. You will find some very talented people here in just about any area you pursue but you will also find a wealth of gracious people who will welcome you to this community with open arms. I think you have found the best place on the Internet to ply your skills as a writer and I wish you well! WB

@justmyopiniontoo....Thank you, I appreciate the great feedback. WB

@ahorseback...You are so very correct in you statements. While some long to make money writing here, there is nothing like the sense that your writing has been taken to heart and moves someone emotionally. That is about as good a compliment as a writer could ever dream of. WB

@drbj...Careful now, Doc. You're going to spoil my image as just a good ol' boy lemonade stand poet! LOL! WB

@moneycop...That is certainly true. I watched my father work with his fiddle for most of my life. He played it through much of his working career but only as a hobby of sorts. Once he retired, he joined a little string band and they played to patients in nursing homes in the surrounding counties. His music brought joy to some folks who have great difficulties in their life. It was absolutely wonderful to see an old man begin to pat his foot to the rhythm of the music which at some point had been an important part of his life. It was at that point that I realized the importance of that fiddle in my father's life...the intent that God had for him with it. Knowing that now, I find it much easier to follow my writing without questioning it too much. I know somewhere out there a purpose is in mind. WB


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samiaali 5 years ago

What beautiful words WB! I think all poets can truly appreciate this poem. I vote this one up! :)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@samiaali...Thank you. I always try to keep mine understandable so I will know what I am speaking of! LOL! WB


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Wayne, oh, this is such an endearing poem - you made me wish I could give you a hug. You are, indeed, a great writer, able to put those pure and profound thoughts of you on paper for all readers to ponder. You have a beautiful and impressive personality and I feel honored to be in your circle of friends. Here's to you and many more poems flowing out of your pen.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@MartieCoetser...I think you overestimate me but I'll sure take that hug! LOL! I do so appreciate the praise and so much more the friendship and exchange that we have here...it's the glue in mix that makes it all works so well for us. I hope we can do this for a long time to come. WB


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

I read thebluestar's tribute and of course this. I just hope your head will still be able to fit into that Stetson (that is a Stetson on your head, isn't it??). What two talented poets you two are! Bluestar's tribute was well deserved and very well written as your humble thank you is too Wayne. Good work (as usual).


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

I have so much to learn from you, Wayne, thank you:)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@cjv123...Thank you, Carol. I hope that you will come by and read my latest hub..."American Sensibility". I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks for the good words here. WB

@Beata Stasak...Enjoy and when you figure it all out then you can come back and teach me! LOL! WB


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Wayne, your humble gratitude is a wonderful tribute.

It's a privilege to know you and read your work, thank you and best wishes MM


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Movie Master...Thank you and thanks to Annette for the inspiration for this one. WB


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Fellow poet and friend, I am honored to be a follower of yours and a friend who has shared your wealth of talent by reading what you scribe since you started at the Hubs. Both you and Bluestar have done a magnificent job of sharing both your heartfelt feelings for each others talents and you both deserve applause. I applaud you both.

It's through our words we share with our readers that move them to action. Happy, sad, letting tears flow and remembering things of long ago. A writer's pen can be like you say the glue that binds so many souls together. I share with you in this grateful selection of words and praise you give the Bluestar with this magnificent poem you penned here Wayne.

Like Martie said and I concur, I am proud to be in your circle of friends. You inspire me to keep writing and giving it the best I can, I am amongst many fine artists of words and you my friend are one of the finest here at the Hubs.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...The feelings are mutual, Ken. It's good to have folks we can lean on a bit when we get frustrated with the changes, etc. You helped me to see that I was being selfish when I thought of packing up and leaving. You help me remember that I owed an obligation to the readers. I will always appreciate that advice. Inspirations comes from so many things and being here admist so many folks with ideas and talents simply inspires me that much more to produce. It may never amount to anything except my own self-satisfaction but for me that will probably be enough. Thanks again, my friend. PS...having dinner with Jim Trimble..."The Frog Prince" tonight. WB


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

You have a wonderful way with words. Your poetry flows so well. Great poem - I'm off to check out the inspiration!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@LABrashear...Thank you. I try not to over think things as they come to me...hopefully that is the right choice. WB


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Very beautiful Wayne and thank you for the song, it really says much many need to hear and I know most don't take the time but I have almost always used songs, many are a ministry in themselves and this one needs to be heard by everyone. Vince is so good at that, isn't he? Again, thanks so much for the poem and song, both are a blessing.

Polly


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Pollannalana...I love to use songs to highlight the intent as well. Sometimes that song at the end really helps the reader grasp where my mind was when I wrote the piece...as you Vince really can put some words together. Thanks Polly! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

WB - This is a beautiful hub -- just like you and Annette. And like Pollyannalana said - the song is amazing too. What you give away -- is really what matters most.

Like you said: Words have power to heal, mend, and repair

I attended a workshop for teacher's this weekend, and we were reminded of Haim Ginot's (child psychologist) words: It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humilate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.

All writers have the same responsibility! And what a difference we can make.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...There is no greater opportunity than our chance to teach others. Like you, some train for it for years, others for a bit laced with a background of experience. In the end we have to teach everyone how to get back to the center or the core. Everything beyond that point is "them" flapping their wings. Mother birds don't teach their babies to fly...they push them out of the nest. Flying is instinctive to the babies. Sometimes I think we forget that we humans also have "instinctive abilities". Regardless, there is nothing which affects our live as that of a great teacher...nothing. I think you have a great attitude toward that process. WB

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