Treasure Island

James B. Earley

(5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

Because Of You...I Rise

An emotional moment
For there in the mail
Was a bundle of cards
All..wishing me well

......A joy unique
As I read each one
Pondering the messages
Written thereon

You're a special group
In a generous way
This splendid suprise
That brightened my day

Stronger I'm getting
And less the pain
A few more weeks
I'll chuck the cane

And back in your midst
Your faces to see
With friends like you
What a grand place to be

Author's Note:
January 1989, I flew down to Los Angeles to undergo back surgery. After a three week hospital stay, I returned home to find a rather large bulging envelope; return address: Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, California. Opening the package, I found it brimming with delightful get well messages….all from fellow co-workers. 'Because Of You...I Rise' was composed as a tribute of thanks to this splendid group, and was included in 'A Vision Of Home, ' my first volume of poetry….published in 1989.

Submitted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Edited: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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  • Shirley Hanley (1/21/2010 4:13:00 PM)

    Isn't it a true blessing James when hardship hits and allows our treasures to unveil themselves through the expression of the love and kindnesses from our friends? That's one of those moments when we know where our true wealth lies... and at the same time makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.... {: -) /Shirley (Report) Reply

  • Shirley Woods (8/19/2009 8:50:00 AM)

    Oh Jim, it's lovely and they obviously appreciate you as much as you do them. Nice tribute about a simple subject - recovery- and the importance of support from friends. God bless! (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (5/14/2009 7:31:00 AM)

    My Grandmother wrote in my autograph book. 'The way to have a friend is to be on'. I am sure they have returned the precious love you have given out to them. I wrote a haiku once: -

    friends are my diamonds
    so preciously I shine then
    for me they then glow

    The gift they gave to you with their cards was priceless and I am so pleased you recovered
    from your illness. 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Cindy Kreiner Sera (4/3/2009 7:49:00 AM)

    The wheel of life turns quietly if at its hub are friends helping us out when we heal, share and appreciate. - Great compliment paid to friends - Cindy (Report) Reply

  • Pink Butterfly ... (3/24/2009 7:03:00 AM)

    Friends are not just blessing....but treasure given by God! So wonderful, you wrote a poem like this! Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Darla Holt (3/7/2009 12:17:00 PM)

    This poem touched me and I find it so true. The energy of love & friendship comes back to lift you. Great rhythm and ryhme, too. Enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • Liz Thaugally (11/23/2008 5:06:00 PM)

    After a spate in hospital recently, reading reaffirms strong feelings, and gladness for true friends, A lovely write James, truly heartfelt.
    Lizelah (Report) Reply

  • Ron Flowers (7/22/2008 1:10:00 PM)

    A very nice write. I always enjoy your rhyming which always seem so natural.

    Ron (Report) Reply

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