I Am Thankful For

clear blue skies and

spring fragrance of clove currant

and lily of the valley


snow that melts

for tulips pushing through

thawing dirt


birds and butterflies

resting in the

afternoon sun


sounds of children’s laughter

and their parents

joining in


the warm touch of

my love’s hand

a glance from her brown eyes


people who live peace

brave ones who

dare follow them


remembering places

where I have been and

with whom

I have journeyed


roads that lead nowhere

and time to

explore them

by Clem Nagel
FSMN grandparent
Fall leaves
photo: Elizabeth Nagel, FSMN grandparent