Thanksgiving is my favorite thing to do, but not my favorite holiday. It is strangely focused on food, and most of this food is too sweet to my Polish taste. But being thankful is a life-saving attitude that we all should practice.
At this time, I'm thankful for everything, the beautiful gifts of love, friendship, air, sunlight, water, and all that exists, in oneness, for we are all one with the One universe and its Creator. I'm also thankful for specific things, such as Independence Day Parades, pears, starlight, pomegranates, and all sorts of fruit, music, and singing, and birdsong, especially the mockingbirds in my garden. I'm thankful for Light and Love.
Here are some links to stories and poems about unusual things to be thankful for.
I am a sovereign citizen of the galaxy
My heart goes out to the mountains.
My feet grow roots in the light.
My eyes touch the heaven of stars.
I breathe gold air of goodness.
I drink lucid water of joy.
Nourished by divine affection,
I thrive, linked to all living beings -
snow crystals, seeds, trees, and sunlight.
In harmony, we sing the chorale of dawn.
I choose to love all, live in love.
I am a sovereign citizen of the galaxy.
A full version of this poem is on the following page, starting the new year 2017, the year of Fire Rooster, my year:
May the blessing of light be on you
Light without and light within
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat firehttp://poetrylaurels.blogspot.com/2016/10/into-light-poetry-of-spirit-in-north.html
I walk down
a sandy road, straight
The question is, as usual, what is the best thing to do. Do I write this or that, go here or there, dig and plant in the garden, or write on my laptop all day, go swimming alone, or to lunch with poets, take that collect call or not... The question is, how am I to be sure that what I do is the best for me, and the best for everyone, and the best for the whole planet?
Here are the Poetry Laurels links to poems and reflections about more traditional Thanksgiving:
On the Moonrise Press Blog, I started a series on entries dedicated to the translations of my poem, Memento Vitae. Here's the poem in English and the links to various translations are below:
The anthology of poetry on religious and spiritual themes, Meditations on Divine Names, has been published as a print book and an e-book. The 140 poems by 64 poets are organized into the following sections: Naming, Names, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, He, She, Being, Loving. This framework avoids the conventional divisions into Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, or Light and Darkness, or Yahweh, Allah, and Christ, or Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Similarly, there is no separation of poems into different religious denominations and spiritual traditions. Different themes are intertwined in each poem and their order follows thematic threads within each section - bread, sunlight, birth, mothering...
The poets belong to different religions or religious denominations. They see the manifestations of the divine in many aspects of life - personal prayer, religious ceremonies, singing of psalms, family relationships, nature, sun, sky, bread making, loving, and love making. They admire the colors of the sky and the liquid nourishment of water. The clarity of mountain air and the gentleness of human touch. From the four letters of YHWH to Lada or Pele, the anthology catalogs some unusual divine names. Poets reflect on the act of naming, the facts of knowing and unknowing of our God(s). They give testimony to their hopes and beliefs, and share what they find beautiful and inspirational, or, sometimes, disturbing. There is darkness around and death, but the poets look for ways to ascend above, to illumination.