Sharing Stories

April in her Friday group at Edmonds Senior Center.


Gratitude is a gift opened for sobriety

simply breathing a minute in time

Gratitude is an emotion learned

riding waves of empathy

Gratitude is one key opening a caring heart

covered in seven veils of suspicion

Gratitude is being happy hugging a friend

recalling people on the lane to love

Gratitude is standing after falling down

damage healed moving forward

Gratitude is making choices—accepting

unwanted consequences—discovery

Gratitude is a stepping stone on the path

living in light without shadows

Gratitude is the name of long ago events

holes in time, held in hands of fate

April Ryan is a blossoming Washington poet, and she knows it.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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