Waving and Saying Thanks

November 23, 2011

One of the turkey plates from my sister's collection

The dark days of late autumn remind us that sometimes we must give thanks even during our darkest moments.

“One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well.”
— Anonymous

“Who does not thank for little, will not thank for much.”
— Proverb

“Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord;
Frost and cold, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord;
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness bless the Lord . . .”
—  from Canticle of the Three Youths (Daniel 3:67-72)

Thanks
by W. S. Merwin

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

And I’d like to extend a personal thanks to you, for taking the time to read my blog posts and for giving such insightful and generous comments.  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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2 Responses to “Waving and Saying Thanks”

  1. Shirley Mord Says:

    Thank you for your blog, it always brightens my day


  2. happy thanksgiving rosemary. thank you for your always inspirational blog. this one is especially lovely. ~diane


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