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My Latest Inspiration

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 26, 2013

My Latest Inspiration

By Nan S. Richardson

Sometime ago, about eighty-six years,
I came to this world of joy and tears.
I’m thankful for parents who came with the band
And established a home in this glorious land;
I’m thankful for music, for books and flowers,
To enlighten one’s mind and while away hours.
I’m thankful for faith, and the gospel, and health
That’s been more to me than all the world’s wealth.
I’m thankful for sons and grandchildren, too, and
Brothers and sisters, and friends so true.
But I don’t like arthritis. I would be very pleased
If I could buy hinges that would limber my knees.




  1. As someone who is grateful for many blessings, but who is also afflicted by arthritis, I love this poem. I’m going to post it on my mirror so that I can keep the good and bad in perspective.

    Comment by Maurine — February 26, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  2. This could have been written by my maternal grandmother. Such a grateful woman, but oh, did she suffer with those knees!

    Comment by David Y. — February 26, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

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