Valsa George


Sing Praise unto the Lord


Oh, my Father in Heaven,
Guarding me from all perils and trials
And sets my heart free of clutter,
For you, my songs of praise, I reserve.
All my life, I shall sing
Without fail, in bloom or gloom,
On every unfolding day
Through months and years
Till death and beyond.
Let my songs sail across the skies
And with the chorus of the heavenly band, unite.

Oh, the benevolent Lord of all creation,
Custodian of all wealth,
Contriver of birth and death,
The Master Craftsman,
Everything is your handiwork.

The lofty mounts
Veiled in misty snow,
The verdant dales
Lush and still,
The fathomless deep
Where mysteries peep,
All the flowers
That bloom and wither,
All things
Bright and beautiful,
Everything, above and below.
In all,
Let me behold Thy grace
And sing Thy praise!

Oh! Redeemer of Mankind
Guide me through the dark,
Guard my steps where dangers lurk
Hold my hand
And never loosen your grip

Make me face the light
Illumine me with wisdom serene
And fill me with love divine;
So that You be glorified
Here, on Earth,
And in Heaven be!


A GARLAND OF GRATITUDE


Here as I post my 200th poem today
I feel the rising elation and excitement
Of a batsman hitting a double Century
And stand jubilant, flaunting the trophy won

Now I bow before all my friends,
Those gifted ones from far and wide
Who read and comment on my simple verse
Help me grow with invaluable tips
And tap my shoulder with positive strokes

Here on poem hunter, the convergent streams unite
To join the confluence of an ever swelling sea
Of rhymed verse, such sheer delight
Here, we partake of each day’s poetic feast
Learning from others and strengthening our ties

I wish my friends, sunshine and blazing light
To brighten your paths and brave ahead
I wish you cheer and a train of friends
Also many a bliss and help from above
And all the grace to fare in life
To live evermore as poets of renown!

Submitted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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This is my 200th posting on Poem Hunter. I don't know if it is poetry! But these are words coming from a heart brimming with gratitude! I invite each one of you to read it!

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  • Daniel Brick (7/25/2014 6:50:00 AM)

    i just read the multitudinous comments on this poem; i thought my words were enthusiastic but comment after comment showed how deeply people were affected which reveals the depth of longing within our souls and how appreciative we are when someone can put our restless needs into a beautiful artistic form. It's true that poetry is the finest possible container of our truest beliefs, or to change the metaphor the poem is like a spaceship which takes us to the core of the sun where all is sweetness and light - Paradiso! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/25/2014 6:43:00 AM)

    You really capture the tone and scope of the best religious poetry in this prayer, it's really liturgical in that I sense the presence of a group of believers with a celebrant leading their worship by intoning the prayer in her or his clear, resonant voice, and at a certain point everyone will join in the recitation and make what the psalmist called A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, I too feel the need to frequently express gratitude even though I don't believe in a theistic deity, there have been others like myself who address their gratitude to the universe at large, the important thing is that we realize there is something larger that contains us and makes us all one family of love. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/20/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    A very worthy and honorable write singing praises to the Creator.
    Your expressions of grace and glory depicting your thanks to the
    God that made Heaven and Earth. A thousands tongues couldn't
    give enough glory. Your attitude and gratitude shines all through
    this write. Great work. (Report) Reply

  • Om Chawla (8/27/2013 6:34:00 AM)

    A very sincerely and honestly felt tribute to the Almighty, an inspired and inspirational write where heartfelt gratitude oozes out of every word you have written in Sing praise unto the Lord
    The sentiments expressed in 'A Garland of Gratitude' in a way expresses what we all feel at this forum. (Report) Reply

  • Anita Sehgal (7/31/2013 9:01:00 AM)

    really heartfelt gratitude to the Lord! your poems have always held me spell bound...congrats on your double ton.. (Report) Reply

  • Vipins Puthooran (7/26/2013 3:57:00 PM)

    Congratulations on your 200th poem! ! ! !
    All my life, I shall sing
    Without fail, in bloom or gloom
    ['tis an adoration from a pious poetress! ]
    May God bless you! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (7/26/2013 9:36:00 AM)

    Congratulations Valsa a great effort. This poem is a fine tribute to your inspiration and source of spiritual guidance, such a god could be equally proud of your poems and kind reviews and encouragement and collegiate support of fellow poets. Bravo dear poet, bravo! Long may you continue to write and delight all that share in your work and share your thoughtful and always constructive comments and sage advice. A fine innings with many more runs yet to come. Viva la Valsa! (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (7/25/2013 1:41:00 PM)

    A highly reverant. prayerful and deeply emotional poem. A shangrila parsdise for the soul
    and spirit-fabulous-congrats-I'm halfway there (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/24/2013 11:36:00 PM)

    well, valsa, you are ALMOST correct writing in your message that you didn't say anything about the poem, .

    i checked the older message to you and i DID write i really did like the poem, ESPECIALLY after i doctored it to suit ME! ! ! ! SO THERE! ! ! but now i shall try to say more.......about the poem....here.
    will you at least add the names of your many poemhunter fans to your beautiful trophy? after all, we were/are your inspiration, correct? ? oops! that is a comment on the Gratitude poem.
    OK. i've read the Sing poem again. was it exactly like this when i first read it? ? anyway, as i said before, i DO LIKE IT. i actually like it quite a bit despite my leaning-away-from-religion tendency. and if i had not already done it, i will now add it to my poemlist. it is very flowing, like some of the long-winded prayers i used to hear in church (lutheran/christian) as a boy and young man. it has a musical quality, and i don't mean hip hop! i almost feel like reading it AGAIN, but i've already been told i've spent too much time on the computer today. thanks for sharing, valsa. :) bri
    p.s. though i have read a miserably-few number of your poems, i hope i shall be around to read (and comment) on the 300th. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (7/24/2013 9:35:00 PM)

    Thank you for each of your words coming from the heart, what else than poetry, dear Valsa, your pen is pure art! Congratulation dear friend, may your pen always create and your heart never cease its share! (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (7/24/2013 10:25:00 AM)

    Oh! What a poem, Valsa, dear! I'm floored! Previously I wrote along response pouring out my mind but sorry, it didn't get accepted.
    My hearty congrats for your 200th poem which is a masterpiece! May your prayers to the Lord be heard and thanks many for your best wishes for the co- poets in PH. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (7/24/2013 1:36:00 AM)

    On this praise and garland of gratitude, i would like to quote this:

    Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
    Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth,
    who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
    — King David (1085 BC-1015 BC) , Psalms 147.7-8 (1042 BC)

    this your poem is embalmed in fragrant virtues presented very poetically, the 2nd century of the beautiful poems..I shall Sing... is in conformity to the hymn paraphernalia in the style of the epic poets...the movement from God to the mortals shows the poetic modesty and humbleness that is the sign of a true poet...many many congratulations on the march ahead! You matter! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (7/23/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    first of all congratulation and then thank you for blessing us with your beautiful poems...this as always made me speechless.may you reach the sky ma'am, bravo you deserve a standing ovation (Report) Reply

  • Rajendran Muthiah (7/22/2013 1:22:00 PM)

    The poet of renown from the beauteous valleys of Western Ghats has scattered her simple, flowing lines of verse with several internal rhymes. Your innocent prayers to the Lord will be sailing heavenwards and ringing in His years. May God bless you to win laurels at the time of your hitting a double century in the art of poetry writing.
    The lines give comfort and peace to the disturbed minds. Thanks a lot. ***** (Report) Reply

  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (7/22/2013 6:28:00 AM)

    My...this is a masterpiece dear Valsa, your poetry will live eternally and God will guard you through all perils and trials and will set your heart free of clutter..... thanks for this marvellous.
    Siya_! ! (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (7/22/2013 4:53:00 AM)

    Full of beauty and endless inspiration. Verily, this exhibit speaks for itself. Congratulations Valsa. Great job And may there be many more. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Soulful Heart (7/22/2013 3:57:00 AM)

    valsa that was a salsa of words that danced along d beats of ur heart ful of prayer and gratitude., ....it was a joy dancing along ur rythmic poetry.......keep going till camels start flying.... (Report) Reply

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