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Today's Poem - 06/28/2017
A Cup Of English Tea - Viewed 9411 Times
David Devaney
January 21, 2007
I once discovered happiness
in a cup of English tea
Grandmother Funk had brewed a batch
and shared her thoughts with me
We spoke of everyone she knew
in Nineteen Fifty Nine
The family and its history
her thoughts she did refine
Born before the century
so many tales she’d tell
Of English Irish origin
her words my heart did swell
Grandfather Funk was quite the man
devoted and unique
She spoke of all his escapades
as through the past we’d peek
She’d told me of those joyful times
that I might recognize
Hidden there within her heart
that love could not disguise
Family thoughts and memories
a blizzard she lived through
Trips to almost everywhere
and all her dreams come true
How beautiful and wonderful
it was to share this day
As Nana and her memories
were placed upon display
And though she now has stepped beyond
the times that we did share
I still so often recollect
her in that kitchen chair
The teapot that was whistling
the fragrance and her smile
And as these thoughts I do recall
she does my heart beguile
© 2007 David Devaney
I Looked For God - Viewed 5020 Times
David Devaney
June 13, 2007
I looked for God the other day
In everything I saw
And hoped that he would see me there
And might my name recall
I sensed him there within the wind
That whispered through the trees
And there upon the mountaintops
That glacier snows did freeze
I found him on the forests edge
And on the oceans shore
Deep within the darkest night
When sunlight is no more
I sought him in the rainbow’s hue
And in a child’s smile
Most often in a mother’s heart
Whose love does us beguile
I spied in the steeple top
Where bells do peel each day
And there beside the hummingbird
Whose beauties on display
I captured him within my dreams
And there upon the sea
And through it all kept wondering
Is he aware of me
© 2007 David Devaney
I Send My Gratitude - Viewed 4544 Times
David Devaney
July 08, 2007
To those of you who’ve touched my time
I send my gratitude
Much better is each day I know
You’ve changed my latitude
Constantly you reappear
To linger in my heart
My course assured to wonderment
As you my pathways chart
With friendship you have brought to me
The gift of precious gold
For memories of times we’ve shared
Have helped each day unfold
Midst doldrums in a stormy sea
Your love my compass true
Your star at night the darkness broke
Revealing skies of blue
There are so many names you share
Yet each one is unique
For now they are a part of me
As I new treasures seek
Courage, love and energy
Happiness and strength
I have become more diligent
With dreams of endless length
So let your heart know of this gift
That constantly we share
And too remember for all time
Your thoughts are in my care
Knowing and protecting them
As they have done for me
T’is wonderful to recognize
When true love’s given free
© 2007 David Devaney
Louis M. Devaney - Viewed 3984 Times
David Devaney
August 07, 2007
On birthdays we remember
Those hearts we love the most
Then when their time has moved along
We of their memory boast
One man for me remarkable
With energy and grace
Respecting life and history
He made a better place
He cared for everyone he met
In such a special way
Worked each day with diligence
Knew how to romp and play
His life was too his passion
His garden and his work
He cleaned like none that came before
His duties he’d not shirk
He was a father and a son
A husband and a friend
His days would start with energy
That lasted till the end
He knew what life was all about
His God was close beside
Acknowledging this man of strength
With passion zeal and pride
And now with heaven as his realm
He counsels and consoles
A true purveyor of God’s love
With never any tolls
© 2007 David Devaney
A Knowing Smile - Viewed 3888 Times
David Devaney
November 22, 2007
You wear a knowing smile now
A twinkle in your eye
Bringing back those memories
When life was not a lie

You toured before ten thousand strong
On music you were bred
The Quarter was your nursery
The Rising Sun your bed

Your brother was the ivory
Worn thin you played them well
When all the ladies gathered round
Sad stories they would tell

A friend to every wayward gal
Who came to watch and wait
Your fingers would caress their words
The nighttime was your fate

A minstrel and a vagabond
You lived through every song
And some day you’ll be going back
To where you do belong

From Baton Rouge through Memphis town
Then on to old Nashville
You opened and you closed the night
As rock bands always will

And though these times are history
They always do return
It’s then we’ll see that knowing smile
That day long nights did burn

You wear a knowing smile now
Forever and a day
Rockollections of those times
When rock and roll you’d play
© 2007 David Devaney
I Wonder - Viewed 2058 Times
David Devaney
December 28, 2008
I wonder is their love again
And will I have the chance
To share with her the universe
And taste of sweet romance
I wonder if she’ll tell me true
And if she’ll make me smile
Take my hand into her own
And too my heart beguile
And will she be my confidante
My intimate my friend
Sharing secrets and new thoughts
As we our lives do blend
And will she be my melody
My harmony my cure
Where everything is done for love
With no one keeping score
I wonder if she’ll walk with me
Through time that endless seems
Touch the shooting stars each night
And linger in my dreams
Share the future day by day
Replacing too the past
Then walk with me the ocean’s rim
Where feelings always last
I wonder if I’ll learn from her
And will she mentor me
Bout things that fill her heart with love
Both truth and fantasy
And if we’ll share tomorrows joy
While living it today
Giving dreams a chance to be
And warmth to never stray
I wonder if she’s wondering
These wonders I reveal
The wonderment two people share
When fate their lives does seal

© 2008 David Devaney
When God Does Touch You - Viewed 1203 Times
David Devaney
October 28, 2009
When God does touch you with new life
His touch brings happiness
And in each moment that you share
He does your days caress
No matter they be difficult
Or fraught with pain and tears
He always will remain with you
Eliminating fears
He brings you courage and new hope
The strength to carry on
Though burdens may to heavy be
With him they are quick gone
He knows that you are fragile too
He made you as you are
Protecting you from every foe
With him there is no scar
First and most assuredly
He is that special friend
Who brings you comfort and true love
Until your days do end
He never will ignore your needs
Forsake you for your sin
But rather he’ll forgive your faults
So life can new begin
His energy is part of you
With you he will remain
So he can help your dreams come true
And all your wishes gain
With him there is fulfillment too
So each day you can grow
And like the river to the sea
Your time will easy flow
So when the days seem upside down
And mountains are to high
Please understand he’ll be with you
When dreams do fill the sky
And most importantly of all
He’ll listen as you choose
The path in life that you must take
With him you’ll never lose

© 2009 David Devaney
David - Viewed 4357 Times
David Devaney
August 12, 2007
There is an essence to someone
Who gives first from his heart
Caring for those most in need
As this new year does start
You first and foremost are a friend
To those who’ve touched your day
A singer most extraordinaire
With talent to display
You’ve traveled bout this wide wide world
And loves to entertain
From Music Man to Charlie Brown
So much from you we gain
You love to Karaoke too
And share a talent pure
Do use a handheld skillfully
In business I am sure
I’ve watched you grow from boy to man
And see someone unique
Then recognize your competence
In knowing what to seek
So now as birthdays reappear
I wish you great success
Knowing that when you perform
You truly will impress
© 2007 David Devaney
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