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Poetry Sunday-Gratitude For A New Day


 Gratitude For A New Day



 The dawn breaks slow

a warming glow,

across the horizon

rising soft and low.


A peace settles down

on everything surrounds,

waking my soul

with the sweetest sounds.


And my grateful heart knows

as love overflows,

a day being born of

blessings bestowed.



© Donna Donabella 2011



I wrote this poem as part of a challenge to create a gratitude prayer.  I had forgotten about this poem until I recently found it tucked inside some papers I was going through as I cleared mounds of clutter that had accumulated for 10 years.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

new day


I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 



Special Note:  The sunrise photos pictured in this post, came from a recent sunrise this winter.  They show the progression of the sunrise, starting with the small circle on the left and going in a clockwise direction.  This beauty of this sunrise lasted 15 minutes.


The first picture is a view from my porch looking past the rain chain, which hangs from the porch roof, into the colors of this new day.



I leave you with a few words of the gratitude prayer for this new day.   I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

gratitude new day


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. February 22, 2015    

    what a peaceful setting… lovely picture and piece

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thank you….it is amazing what nature can do for us!

  2. February 22, 2015    

    it’s uplifting to read something so positive.

    • February 22, 2015    

      Happy that this uplifted you Nataša!

  3. February 22, 2015    

    nice,,,i like the rhythm of it…it is fun to read on the lip and tongue…
    sunrise and sunset are those magical times as well…when anything is possible….

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thank you Brian….I really look forward to the rising and setting of the light…..anything is possible isn’t it!

  4. February 22, 2015    

    A wonderful poem – so rich it glows

    • February 22, 2015    

      Oh how nice of you to say so….the glow of the sun shines through!

  5. February 22, 2015    

    Ah and each day brings its own blessings, doesn’t it? Each day we awaken with something to look forward to in our heart. Life is indeed good.

    • February 22, 2015    

      Yes if we could each know that there is a new day to awaken to….

  6. February 22, 2015    

    What a beautiful sunrise ~ love the progression of images and the poem. Yes, grateful for each day is a gift 🙂

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thanks so much Loredana…it was a glorious sunrise….love waking early to see each one.

  7. February 22, 2015    

    How beautiful to see that blessed sunrise.. Where I live the dawn seems to be either in the middle of the night or after I have risen.. But I do understand the way a new day means opportunities.

    • February 22, 2015    

      That is interesting Bjorn that the sun rises so early…I have never experienced that.

  8. February 22, 2015    

    a beautiful poem of peace and gratitude filling the heart with tranquility… the amazing photos of dawn….

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thanks so much….even in the frigid cold I will go out just to capture the beauty of the new dawning day.

  9. February 22, 2015    

    Feelings of love will necessarily bring good tidings and blessings. Its passage will be made a lot easier! What better than a new day starting with a lovely sunrise! Wonderful lines Donna!


    • February 22, 2015    

      Thanks so much Hank! Glad you liked the poem!

  10. Zena Toledo Zena Toledo
    February 22, 2015    

    Such a beautiful images and a wonderful poem, gratitude is so important to me

    • February 22, 2015    

      I think it is the most important habit we can practice Zena!

  11. February 22, 2015    

    I had a friend once whose license plate read: Gr8ful. It was always a lovely surprise to see! I’ve thought a lot about gratitude and I think it may be the only emotion we have that can not—by its very nature—ever turn to its opposite. Many of our emotions can…but not gratitude. That thought has always made me happy.

    • February 22, 2015    

      I cannot agree more Susan….gratitude just bring us to the positive side of things….love that license plate.

  12. February 22, 2015    

    “Blessings bestowed.” Such a lovely poem of gratitude.

    • February 22, 2015    

      I am grateful for this lovely comment Sherry!

  13. February 22, 2015    

    Very inspiring to read ~ Blessings for a new day ~

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thank you Grace….such wonderful blessings in this comment!

  14. February 22, 2015    

    This is a beautiful gratitude prayer. The ability to be grateful is a great gift.

    • February 22, 2015    

      I agree Gabriella….once I began practicing gratitude, my whole outlook shifted.

  15. February 22, 2015    

    Hello Donna, your words and poems are lovely.. And the sunrise is gorgeous, a simple to start your day.. have a happy day and week ahead!

    • February 22, 2015    

      Oh thank you so much Eileen….your words are making my week already glorious!

  16. February 22, 2015    

    Your message and imagery are a sweet blessing~

    • February 22, 2015    

      Oh how sweet of you to say so Mary!

  17. February 22, 2015    

    lovely poetic energy here,

  18. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    February 22, 2015    

    Love this poem Donna! I could have used it to accompany the sunrise I posted on FB this morning.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • February 22, 2015    

      Yes that sunrise was glorious Judith!

  19. February 22, 2015    

    I enjoyed your poem. Gratitude is the ‘way.’

  20. February 22, 2015    


    Sunday always moves me into a mode of reflection and gratitude too. I make an effort to conserve some quiet time for this kind of necessity..
    A lovely poem, which is rewarding to read..Thank you,

    • February 22, 2015    

      Oh Eileen I am so pleased you found it rewarding to read….that quiet reflection time is so important!

  21. Ollie Ollie
    February 22, 2015    

    Gratitude – it all you need!

    • February 22, 2015    

      Yes Ollie…it is the key to a good life well lived in happiness!

  22. February 22, 2015    

    What a lovely poem, so inspiring… and the pictures are so pretty and serene, it inspires me to meditate and say a prayer. Thank you for this post 🙂

    • February 22, 2015    

      Many blessings Maya….I am so happy you found this inspiring.

  23. February 22, 2015    

    This is really lovely.

  24. February 22, 2015    

    such a peaceful place / state to be in. a good read as I start another week

    • February 22, 2015    

      Totomai my garden and surrounding area has become such a peaceful spot that I rely on it for solace. So glad you enjoyed it.

  25. February 22, 2015    

    Love the grateful heart! Blessings!

  26. February 22, 2015    

    I love the mosaic this week Donna. Your poem is beautiful, so glad you found it again and shared it with us.

    • February 22, 2015    

      I was so surprised when I uncovered it…like it was meant to be Linda…so glad you really liked it!

  27. February 22, 2015    

    Beautiful words 🙂 Your first photo is stunning!!

    • February 23, 2015    

      Thanks Cherie…it was a sight that really inspired me as I came out on a below zero day and was snapping pictures…pure heaven!

  28. February 22, 2015    

    I really, really love your images splashed with your poetry, Donna;
    it feeds my soul:) thank you.

    • February 23, 2015    

      I am happy to return the favor as your words and images always inspire and feed me too Jennifer!

  29. February 22, 2015    

    How often in our busy lives do we forget to be grateful for all we have and enjoyed. Your poem written in such a relaxed style allows us to do just that.

    • February 23, 2015    

      It is something I now do daily…a practice that has made a difference for me Robin, and I thank you for your wonderful words here!

  30. February 22, 2015    

    Beautifully serene verse, Donna. Enjoyed this post much~

    • February 23, 2015    

      Much gratitude for your beautiful comment Jennifer!

  31. February 22, 2015    

    A soft peaceful prayer. It weds well to the image you chose. A regular gratitude prayer would not be a bad habit to take part in,


    • February 23, 2015    

      Indeed it is a wonderful habit Elizabeth….the sunrise came first, and when I found the poem again it was match made in heaven as they say!

  32. February 22, 2015    

    I must get up earlier…. When the sun comes out… Beautiful prose and photos Donna… Michelle

    • February 23, 2015    

      Michelle I have found getting into a regular habit of watching the sunrise or set is magical, and such a wonderful and blissful start to the day.

  33. February 23, 2015    

    A prayer of gratitude, and also a song of celebration!

    • February 23, 2015    

      Yes Rosemary it is a lovely song isn’t it…thank you for noticing that!

  34. February 23, 2015    

    The sunrise mosaic is gorgeous, Donna!
    I’m not sure whether what can be seen in the down part of the photos is clouds or land,
    but it does look magical!
    Have a lovely week ahead!

    • February 23, 2015    

      It is all clouds Sara which is why it is such a wonderful sunrise…I have trees and some houses that obscure seeing the land but luckily not the sunrise….so happy you really liked it!

  35. February 23, 2015    

    ah, another uplifting poem to light my day. thanks for sharing!
    loved your stunning photography too.

    • February 23, 2015    

      Oh how very lovely of you to say so….I am very grateful for your beautiful words as I start my day!

  36. G L Meisner G L Meisner
    February 23, 2015    

    A prayer for the morning.

    • February 23, 2015    

      Yes a perfect time for gratitude.

  37. February 23, 2015    

    “blesings bestowed” luv that phrase; have a good week;

    you can also find me here

    much love…

    • February 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Gillena….it is a powerful phrase and I feel lucky that I have these blessings.

  38. February 23, 2015    

    I can relate to mounds of clutter! Having a little enforced time to clear things up is a positive I look forward to in wintertime. A lovely poem too Donna, I am glad you found it again.

    • February 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Julie…I am happy I found it too! 🙂

  39. February 23, 2015    

    I like your last words of the gratitude prayer. Very nice..

  40. February 24, 2015    

    Donna, what glorious images; I love the mosaic! Your sincere gratitude can be felt in your words, which reach me in a humble whisper.


    • February 24, 2015    

      Poppy your words feed my gratitude….thank you!

  41. February 24, 2015    

    Donna, your Gratitude For A New Day sounds great. I especially love the last strophe, it speaks to me strongly.

    I really like the first photo which captures – as you mentioned – a view from your porch looking past the rain chain. I know barrels for catching and keeping rainwater, we have one in our garden, but I’ve never heard of a rain chain… How does it work?

    • February 24, 2015    

      Thanks so much Petra….a rain chain is a series of cups that are put together like a chain usually made of copper. You usually place it at a roof where you might not have a gutter to direct the rain into stones or a rain barrel. Mine is more decorative as we have gutters. And I have a vine that likes to grow up the chain.

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