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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: The Spice of Life
By Sheldon Bass
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
At giving thanks I hesitate.
Each bland day's like a mirror image,
Wrestling doldrums as a scrimmage.
With problems here and troubles there,
These well worn ruts run everywhere.
A cavernous yawn for such a dull dawn,
As my zeal becomes like a withered lawn,
And another week becomes antique.
Upon my window sill might light,
An unnoticed answer to this plight.
With exotic plumage in blazing hues,
But I'm too busy singing blues,
And stuck within my bedroom shoes.
Time and traffic are my focus,
Joining the herd like rushing locusts,
No difference will I make today,
As off to work I rush away,
And didn't even stop to pray.
Each day inside a duplicate bubble,
Disregarding smiles like rubble,
As all the people God has sent,
Ignored like coins that's never spent.
No flavorful variety,
I say, with outlook bleak and gray.
Yet all around me are the sounds,
The sights and smells and verdant grounds,
Of all that God has made for me:
The best of life that's always free.
Blessed with friends sent from above,
From church and family, so much love.
Blessed with beauty all around,
God's diverse creations abound.
Different things to touch and see,
Vibrant colors splashed abundantly,
Blazing from steep canyon walls
Rainbows arched over waterfalls.
Presenting all the human races,
So many different colored faces,
So many tones and hues of skin,
Pausing to know them, boredom ends.
Myriads of cultures in the world,
With ways of life so strange,
Under banners so proudly unfurled,
On seven continents arranged.
So many types of voices we hear,
Some high, some low, some ringing with cheer.
The foods they eat, I have to try
Pleasing flavors for tongue and eye.
Excitement in variety,
Always encompassed around me.
My difficulty was hid inside,
A bound and blinded mind.
Endless variety, flowers,
And plants. To dazzle grateful eyes,
As all earth's inhabitants prance,
Displaying God's splendor in a
Perpetual praise song and dance.
Furry critters switching their tails,
Through the air a flying squirrel sails.
Elephants, monkeys, tigers too
Forgot thanks? Go visit the zoo.
Turning heads up for a starry gaze,
Pondering greatness in all of God's ways.
Or down to the trees for a butterfly birth,
Even exotic reptiles bring joy to the earth.
I learned that my doldrums were all in my head,
If I'm bored, then I'm boring and living as dead.
For all of the earth is testimony of one,
Who loves us so much, He sent His Son,
To die in our place—He was willfully stung.
God's given variety and color, diversity abounds,
Exotic creations to upright our frowns.
Exciting adventures in everything new,
My blues started to shrink, and gratitude grew.
A thanks giving heart was the cure to be sure,
Overflowing with praise for exotic nature.
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