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Humble Gratitude

Updated on December 15, 2014

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)

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



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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 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 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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 you Vince really can put some words together. Thanks Polly! WB

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      7 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.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

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

    • LABrashear profile image


      7 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 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      7 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 

      7 years ago from Texas

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

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      Movie Master 

      7 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

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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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      Beata Stasak 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

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

    • cjv123 profile image


      7 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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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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'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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      Martie Coetser 

      7 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 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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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      7 years ago

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

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @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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      7 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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      drbj and sherry 

      7 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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      7 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.......:-}

    • justmyopiniontoo profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful in every sense of the word!

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      7 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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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 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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      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      7 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.


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 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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