Thanksgiving Meditations on Gratitude

Thursday, November 22, 2018


1. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude | Ross Gay
I know I can be long-winded sometimes. / I want so badly to rub the sponge of gratitude / over every last thing, including you, which, yes, awkward, / the suds in your ear and armpit, the little sparkling gems / slipping into your eye.

And another of Gay's, Thank You:

F R O M  P O E T R Y  F O U N D A T I O N

2. You Were You are Elegy | Mary Jo Bang
You keep / Putting your hand on my shoulder / When I'm Crying. / Thank you for that. And / For that ineffable sense / Of continuance. You were. You are / The brightest thing in the shop window / And the most beautiful seldom I ever saw.

3. [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] | E.E. Cummings
I want / no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) / and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant / and whatever a sun will always sing is you

4. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge | Rainer Maria Rilke
“And isn't the whole world yours? For how often you set it on fire with your love and saw it blaze and burn up and secretly replaced it with another world while everyone slept. You felt in such complete harmony with God, when every morning you asked him for a new earth, so that all the ones he had made could have their turn. You thought it would be shabby to save them and repair them; you used them up and held out your hands, again and again, for more world. For your love was equal to everything.”

5. Miracles | Walt Whitman
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, / Every cubic inch of space is a miracle, / Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the /         same, / Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

With love and gratitude always,
LC



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