The challenge for Na/GloPoWriMo Day 7 is to write a poem about gifts and joy. Above this challenge was a bit about how poetry can prove quite the therapeutic tool. I can see this easily from my own life. From this and my faith, I have written the following poem.
Joy In the Gifts of Hard Times by Michael Romani In times of abundance there are reasons Enough for joy and gifts in all seasons But, even as I go through despair and agony There are reasons enough to be thankful for me Making my way through times of difficulty The gifts and joy help bring me clarity Bringing me close to my nature and soul Grasping at moments in a world spiraling out of control Today, and each day, is a day to celebrate Even when a world turned upside down negates But cause for rejoicing does not depend on circumstance Nor does it depend on given happenstance Faith is the key to my hope of blessed salvation Like holding my daughters' hands in any situation I find our faith is proven in every difficulty And so I find joy and gratitude in my loving family This genuine faith produces our devotion of joy And I'm sure it's the same for all who find and employ Faith walks with joy through the gifts of hard times With each passing moment spent as something sublime In my little girls, my hope is faithfully kept alive It's in the support of good friends that I do survive The gifts given on even my darkest, bleakest days Allow me to focus on the good in a million ways It's in this faith that I do find I can believe And in its proof is that which allows me to conceive Finding that I know such gifts as faith, joy and love That such hope makes this earth more like Heaven above (c) April 7, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved