Wednesday, March 10, 2021

It's Nice to say Thank You is a Poetic Way!

This is a poem I wrote today to say thank you to our neighbors across the street.  Every year they take care of all our snow removal, without fail.  We've never asked, they've just decided that they would be happy to do so.  Whether there's scarcely any snow at all or the snow falls many times throughout the day, they shovel two or three or four times if it's needed.  

It's a wonderful selfless gift to us as our driveway is quite substantial. That's why every year I thank them in a poem and until this year, we'd include a gift card for a restaurant.  This year we're remembering their kindness with a debit card that they can choose to use anywhere they wish.  So I share it with you here.


This winter’s been a cold one; we’ve had more ice than snow,
But when the snow is on the ground there’s one thing that we know.
We know that we can count on you to shovel it with skill,
And if we have to get out quick, there’s no doubt that we will.

Yes, we both know we'll get right out because our driveway’s clear.
Your family’s taken care of it, of that, we have no fear.
My challenge every year is this: to write a thank you poem,
A different one to thank you for the kindness that you’ve shown.

If there’s a neighbor's handbook that can tell you how to be...
The very best, the best there is, your picture there, we’d see!
But seriously, we both believe that’s it’s important to...
Live out your faith, show every day, God lives inside of you.

We Christians have the privilege of being saved in Christ,
And living in that truth for Him’s a blessing in our life.
We wish we could reciprocate, it's caused us both frustration.
But though we’d love to do in kind to show appreciation...

This aging’s curse puts limits on our capabilities.
That’s why we hope this gift will give some possibilities.
It comes with thanks and gratitude for all you do each year,
So use it now or celebrate when Covid isn’t here!

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