A Short Gratitude Poem

Today’s poem was brought to my attention by my good friend, Brenda! Thanks for sharing this!

Today upon a bus I saw a girl with golden hair;
She seemed so gay, I envied her, and wished that I were half so fair;
I watched her as she rose to leave, and saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed–a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two legs–the world is mine.

Later on I bought some sweets. The boy who sold them had such charm,
I thought I’d stop and talk awhile. If I were late, t’would do no harm.
And as we talked he said, “thank you, sir, you’ve really been so kind .
It’s nice to talk to folks like you because, you see, I’m blind.”
Oh, God , forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes–the world is mine.

Later, walking down the street, I met a boy with eyes so blue.
But he stood and watched the others play, it seemed he knew not what to do.

I paused, and then I said,” Why don’t you join the others, dear?”
But he looked straight ahead without a word, and then I knew, he couldn’t hear.

Oh, God forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears–the world is mine.
Two legs to take me where I go,
Two eyes to see the sunset’s glow,
Two ears to hear all I should know,
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I’m blessed, indeed, the world is mine.

– Dr. Tennyson Guyer

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. annie on November 2, 2010 at 5:44 am

    What a wonderfull poem thank you for making me feel gratefull this morning

  2. Menka on November 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

    It’s wonderful.

  3. LT on November 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    A wonderful poem! Thank you for posting that today!

  4. Lisa Ryan on November 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this poem and I appreciate your reminder to be grateful for ALL the blessings that have, both large and small. Thanks Paul.

  5. Kelly on November 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    We are indeed blessed, sometimes for things we take for granted. Thank you for reminding us to be grateful, every day.

  6. Shanta Polak on February 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Whether it really is or not really, good luck determining!

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