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Questions come
And questions go
Who has the answers?
I really don’t know.

A few of these questions
Flash through my mind
Where do I seek treasures
I hope will be mine?

And I looking for gems:
sapphires, diamonds and pearls?
Am I seeking life’s pleasures
Like some silly girls?

Will I choose to miss rainbows
Searching for gold?
While time passes by,
And I become old.

When at last I grow old
Will I be sweet and kind
Or will I grumble and cry
That the world should be mine?

When I watch for my ship
Coming ‘cross the high seas
Will I declare the whole cargo
To do as I please?

Lord, show me the sapphires
In the blue of the sea
Let me see diamonds
In the eyes of a child filled with glee.

May all of my pearls
Be found in my heart
Pure and unblemished
With nary a mark.

Let my real treasure of value
Come from above
May it be God’s blessing
To l-o-v-e, that’s love.

Patricia Jensvold

Born and educated in rural Iowa, Pat Jensvold attended Iowa State Teachers College and taught lower elementary grades.

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