Poem: Debt of Gratitude

I have a long list

of critics and detractors

who know where to find me.

They know where my

weakness lives;

the address where I hang

my vulnerability.

I’m aware of their lack of love

and their snide remarks.

They are foolish

not to think that I can’t hear

their castigation.

Believe me, doubters,

I can smell your rejection

miles away

as you hide your head

in the soil of envy.

Your character assault

makes me more grateful

for the select few

who have me in their hearts.

If only one person

believed in me,

I still would feel

that my voice was heard

and that I could hold my head high.

With a debt of gratitude,

I acknowledge you

at the podium.


Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

17 comments on “Poem: Debt of Gratitude

  1. Very well said! Love this.

  2. Wonderful poem, let’s spread Love and Kindness in this world! ❤️🙏🏻✨

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