"Thankfulness" - A winter short story and poem

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Thankfulness

I trudged through new snow up to my knees,

And said to the sun, “Warm up if you please.

I haven’t the money for warm pants or shoes,

So snow in the forecast is just not good news.

I have cows to milk and chickens to feed,

My hands are cold and I am low on seed.

So, if you would warm up this old place,

It would put a smile on my face.”

I continued to tromp through snow to my knees,

As my ankles and toes began to freeze.

“Oh, darned bitter cold,

This winter season gets rather old.

I’ve got little mouths to feed

My ears are cold and I need to save seed.

You see harvest comes every year,

And I need enough to sow, I fear.”

I came to a halt, with snow to my knees,

I met my destination; a patch of old trees.

“O axe in my hand, I hope you aren’t dull,

These trees are large and heavy to pull.

In my house are many small feet,

So I need this wood for heat.

So I’ll swing and I’ll chop,

Until these oaks drop.”

The stress of this day,

Nearly wore me away.

But as I opened my door,

All my burdens fell to the floor.

I saw my kids and my wife,

And I felt full of new life.

“I love you my dear”

My love said with great cheer.

“I have a family to care for

And my body is sore.

The days are getting short

And yet a farm to support.

My boys are growing

And it is still snowing…”

But, as I sat in my chair to rest,

I thought to myself, “this life is the best.”

“I have a family I love

And a Father above.

To the world I am poor,

But I know I have more

Than those who have money,

But are without a “honey”;

So I am glad for this life

No matter how hard the strife.”

At my bed on my knees,

I felt as full as I pleased.

“Thank you for your grace,

That fills this sweet place.

You know what I need,

And you planted the seed.

You filled me with the Dove,

And taught me how to love.”

In the morning the snow was to my knees from the start,

But something was different, I had warmth in my heart.

I had strength to go on,

And a cause to hold strong.

Never again a reason,

To regret the season,

That the Lord had placed before me.



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saddlerider1 5 years ago

What a brilliant and wonderful poem of grace and humbleness for what God has put in your path. Your thankfulness is abundantly clear and shows how much you care for your family and their well being.

You are a gifted writer and I am happy to follow you and read more. Thank you for sharing from your heart and also linking my Christmas Hallelujah from this hub.

Merry Christmas and may God bless your family abundantly. Peace my friend.


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Wow, thanks saddlerider1, I am honored! Honestly, much of this is fictional. I wanted it to express my heart though.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This is lovely to read at this time of year. Thanks for the link you have included to my story. I will put a link to this from one of mine.


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Sweet! Thanks 2uesday!


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

what a beautiful tribute your words bring, to you and your dedication to your family, and to God. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Blessings,

Laurie


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Thank you! It was fun writing.

Bless you LaurieDawn!!


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Absolutely beautiful and heart warmingingly engaging. Could read it again and again. Thanks.


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

@chspublish - Thanks so much, I am really honored by that comment! Have a blessed week!


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK

At a time when some people are complaining about the snow, it is refreshing and inspiring to read from someone who is grateful about the season.

Thank you. :o))


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

Thank you for this piece of beauty and peace

q


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Thank you! I loved writing it!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awesome-such a complete story-well told. The words were paint on a canvas-Voted it up.


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Wow Denise! Thank you very much!


Aman yadav 5 years ago

where are the stories


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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

I just came to your Hubs and of course I picked the one with the poetry.loved it, I will get back later and read more of them .Have a good day! clara


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Thank you Clara! I really enjoyed writing this one!


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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

And I enjoyed reading it! Anymore coming? clara


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Yes to the power of gratitude that lifts our spirit like wings of an eagle. Enjoyed your poem and I relate to your Faith. Thanks again for your comments on my hub, "The Oregon Coast." Peace and Light...Gary.


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apStumbo 5 years ago Author

Thanks again qlcoach. Your comments are very encouraging! I am very happy to hear people like my more creative works.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

This is really an interesting post...


Art 4 years ago

Would like to read at a Toastmasters meeting today, please. I will be sure to cite the author. May not have time to read your reply. Just perfect for today. Thank you.


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apStumbo 4 years ago Author

Art, I would be honored! Thank you!


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clara kish@yahoo. 4 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Hi, I came back and read your poem again and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. The most important thing that you can have is Jesus in your heart and your true love ,if you have both you are truly a rich man. Clara

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