Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AM I THANKFUL?, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER



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AM I THANKFUL?, by            
First Line: I wonder if I'm thankful for the blessings that god
Last Line: Amen.
Subject(s): Blessings; God; Holidays; Thanksgiving


I wonder if I'm thankful for the blessings that God sends,
Am I thankful for my health, my home, and all my loving friends,
Am I thankful for my other self I've known for years as wife,
Am I thankful for the children who'll perpetuate my life;
Am I thankful for the food I eat, and raiment that I wear,
Am I thankful for the joys of life and happiness I share,
Am I thankful for the birds and trees and sunny, smiling skies,
Am I thankful for the books I read, the ripe fruits of the wise?

I wonder if I'm thankful for the life which I possess,
Am I thankful that my soul is never steeped in bitterness,
Am I thankful for the work I find each week day must be done,
Am I thankful for the hope that's mine of honors to be won;
Am I thankful for the tears I shed of sorrow and of pain,
Am I thankful for each small success my humblest efforts gain;
Am I thankful for inspiring thoughts which elevate the mind,
Am I thankful that I'm human and like others of my kind?
If I am not, oh grant, dear God, that in thy holy way
Thou wilt implant into my soul a real Thanksgiving Day.
Oh teach me how to show my thanks for all which Thou dost give,
That I may in the future years a thankful spirit live.
Amen.





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