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Connie Centrella

Birth Place
Jersey City, New Jersey

Age Category

Birth month and day

College Graduate

speech/language specialist

gardening, crocheting, bird watching, reading

Awards or achievements
None that I would care to write about, hopefully the Lord is pleased with me.

Marital status

Three grown children and one grandson on the way.

Published works
Alpha Poems published in 2009

Volunteer work
None, sorry to say.

Professional or Philanthropic associations (including religious affiliation)
My family attends a non-denominational church in Lincoln Park, NJ.

Poetry writing experience
I've always enjoyed writing, but didn't start writing poetry until I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent operations. In the summer of 2009 I was writing possibly three poems a day. I practically thought in rhyme.

State or country in which the poet resides
New Jersey

Testimony of saving faith for Christians only
Jesus saved me when I was 17, right before college. I was very sorry for my sins and needed to be forgiven. The peace and joy I felt is still palpable 40 years later.

About the Poet
I've been a Christian for over 40 years and am continually thankful for Jesus' friendship and care. I'm married and have three grown children. I also have two grandsons and two granddaughters.Praise God! I work as a speech/language specialist in an urban school system. My prayer is that God would use these simple poems to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

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Chime Of The Day

September 28, 2016

Christmas/the World's Gone Wild
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Christmas/the World's Gone Wild

What was I thinking?
I couldn't say,
But for some strange reason
I went shopping today.

It's too close to Christmas
To hit the mall,
But that's what I did,
And guess what I saw?

These people all scattered
And rushing about,
And me in their midst
I couldn't get out!

They hurried and scurried
And they pushed and they shoved!
Well, maybe not quite
But I witnessed no love.

I need to get through,
I wanted to say.
Move over, or else,
Get out of my way.

What was I thinking?
It couldn't be me.
Acting like them,
How could this be?

I realized this,
It didn't take much,
For me to get stressed
In the wild Christmas rush.

I made some adjustments
In my attitude.
I made up my mind
To fill my heart with gratitude.

It made all the difference
When my outlook was better.
I started enjoying myself,
I dropped every fetter.

Christmas is coming,
Christmas is here.
Christmas is in my heart.
Christmas beyond compare.

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