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.