“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude,
“My gratitude for good writing is unbounded;
I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
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Midweek Motif ~ Gratitude
The New Science of Gratitude: "Author and researcher Dr. Robert Emmons has discovered what gives life meaning: . . . . Gratitude improves emotional and physical health, and it can strengthen relationships and communities."
What do you think?
Your Challenge: Compose a poem around the idea or experience of gratitude.
by W. S. Merwin, 1927
. . . .
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
. . . . (Read the rest HERE at The Acadamy of American Poets)
by Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-48)
Part in peace: is day before us?
Praise His Name for life and light;
Are the shadows lengthening o’er us?
Bless His care Who guards the night.
Part in peace: with deep thanksgiving,
Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Gracious service to the living,
Tranquil memory to the dead.
Part in peace: such are the praises
God our Maker loveth best;
Human hearts to heavenly rest.
Such the worship that upraises
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(Next week's Midweek Motif is "a day 'that will live in infamy' or a 'bomb' of a day.")