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
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.
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