Today’s Gratitude: A Poem


I will find beauty in small things

A child’s smile

A sunrise

The first sip of coffee

Warm and soothing

Like the childhood blanket worn soft

From years of snuggles.


I will forget the loneliness

And reach out

To friends

And colleagues

Or a goofy Boston Terrier

With round eyes blinking in love.


I will be content.


The author of The Pharaoh’s Cry,  Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles,  as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. Laurie Woodward  co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy. Her poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies and she was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at

2 thoughts on “Today’s Gratitude: A Poem

  1. I wish to see you in real
    smiling and being joyful
    is inspiring and moving
    seeing this great change
    I’m speaking being truthful
    have this attitude in life
    in all your coming days
    will get you your soul
    from gloom & depression
    to have a big-time raise.

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