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Poems by Linda Ann Mannke

Thank You, Lord

Thank You, Lord, for the gift of life
And the chance you have given me
To work, to play, to love and be loved
And especially to honor Thee.
All I ask is that you use me, Lord,
However you think I can be
Of help to my neighbor so that I may live
Each day with a purpose and something to give!

"I'm Fine, thank you"

There's nothing wrong with me
I'm as fit as I can be.
I've arthritis in both my knees
And when I talk, it's with a wheeze.
My pressure is high and my blood is thin
But I'm pretty healthy for the shape I'm in.
Arch supports I wear on my feet
Enabling me to walk down the street.
I have trouble sleeping, night after night,
But come the morning, I'm still all right.
With each new day, I dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name's not listed, I know I'm not dead
So I have some breakfast, then go make my bed.
Old age is golden, I've heard it said,
But, I wonder, getting into bed.
I've got my "ears" in a drawer
My teeth in a cup
My "eyes" on the table until I get up
Lest I fall asleep, I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
So I say to you who are growing old
Since we pass this way only once I am told,
'Tis better to say "I'm fine", with a grin,
Than to let folks know about the shape you're in!

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Biographical sketch: worked as a secretary, took creative
writing courses, like to write short stories, poems,
limericks, make my own greeting cards.

Linda Ann Mannke recommends:

The Bible by apostles
Reason: what makes the "The Book" extraordinary is that every topic, every situation in life is represented and presented in more ways than one.

Recommendations for writers:

Write from experience and write from the heart. Don't try to copy another author's style. Be yourself!


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