Thanksgiving: On Generosity

Let’s collaborate

in celebrating

the soul of Thanksgiving

by giving

even

— and especially —

when the thanks

doesn’t come.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Eve: On Human Nature

It is difficult to determine

whether

having a day set aside for gratitude

is a cause for celebration

or for shame.

We don’t ascribe days to

breathing

or

waking

or

thinking

because we do those things, always.

What a thorough humiliation

that we cannot say the same

for thankfulness.

Thanksgiving Week: On Loneliness

Holidays are for many burdened souls

a “hollow daze,”

as the bright lights,

garish decorations,

and leviathan feasts

make them to recall

again

the empty chairs

and quiet corners.

 

(May you encounter an unanticipated peace this week.)

Thanksgiving Week: On Gratitude

As the pieces of your heart

gather around your feast,

may your food be gratitude

and your words be peace.

A day of reflection

for the treasures undeserved,

may your gratefulness overflow,

full and unreserved.

On Combat

Sometimes,

the war isn’t against evil

or taken up to trounce malice —

it’s a bloody, embittered battle

against policies, systems, precedents, and structures

too infirm and too narrow-focused

to extend their reach

to the people

who exist at the margins.

Wordsmith Wednesday – Poem VIII

Perhaps,
the only thing we destroy
more than the earth
is each other.

Strong Language

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Touchstone Tuesday – Poem V

Someone once told me
that a proper poem
is to have
within it
a rigid rhyme scheme.

So, I, I, I,
shattered their vase,
around which hung
the decayed petals
of iambic pentameters,
and watched,
as impropriety

crawled out.

Strong Language

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