Giving Thanks #thanksgiving

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With open hands tho little here

I offer thanks this time of year

tho seasons change and winds grow cold

 there’s warmth in smiles of young and old

kindled kindness shared with all

warmly given every fall

gifts of heart like waters flow

from these pools love can grow

foul the water where anger prevails

no tears can quench harsh travails

come look up on bended knee

bountiful is God’s beauty

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. It may to some be represented in the food eaten but in our hearts it is for the freedoms we enjoy.

 

 

Indigestion #haibun

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I drew a circle on this our last holiday.  My closest family put me through the paces I have to say. Prove what you know and show who you are. I poured my life’s pains direct from my heart. My life had been a mosaic of suffering disaster. Amazing survival the thing that I’ve mastered.

I see the mental scythe as you wield your first blow. How can you chop me suffering after all that you know? Your partner circles me like a blood thirsting tiger. Hunger’s fangs draws the noose ever tighter. The hypocrisy drips silently in tune. I’ve been judged and sentenced all before noon.

You’ve resented me for all of this time.  Just because I’m not willing to tow your one line? I am leaving this craft it’s rotted and sunk. There is nothing worth saving it’s not worthy of junk. My eyes become steely as I recognize. You sup on innuendo, your heart eating lies.

You know where to go to get all of that. Just cross the street for narcissistic fat. Believe what you want, throw the carcass away. Shut the door when you’re done, I’m not going to stay.

You measured my life and found I was wanting.  I have moved on not interested in your haunting. Stalk me and my children if you have so much time. As for me, I am loving life, writing fiction and rhyme.

Thanksgiving feast

relative indigestion

no bones left unpicked

 

That Was Yesterday #poetry #HappyThanksGiving

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Little hands reached out

and we grasped them

little mouths spoke

and we listened

little bellies were empty

and we filled them

big minds didn’t justify

they just did

big minds didn’t quantify

they just gave

big hearts reached out

enough love to go around

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How do I explain to children like my cousin Zeek that people can’t care or help anymore?

I hope this Thanksgiving we can take stock of what we have and be Thankful and then look for someone to share our bounty with.

Happy Thanksgiving for each of you are special in this community we are part of.

Bubble of Thanks #poetry #Thanksgiving

“Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
“It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds.”

Carl Sandburg (quote from Goodreads)

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It was unexplainable

that moment when I touched you

a giddy colorful rainbow

it was like giggles and hugs

all wrapped in one

It was unexplainable

that walk across the desert

my feet never touched the hot sand

you were firmly holding my hand

and I made it

It was unexplainable

the light in the sky

rays touched my skin

warming from within

and I knew you were near

It was unexplainable

when I learned you had died

taken all the bad things I had done

my heart you’d already won

and I cried

It was unexplainable

that moment when you touched me

a giddy colorful bubble

full of  giggles and hugs

in the sun we would run

The Poets United  prompt for today at Midweek Motif is Gratitude. This is a week (in the US) to really think about what we are grateful for. I am grateful for my God, family and friends!!!

  “Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:12
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Part In Peace: Is Day Before Us?

bSarah 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

Reflect upon Thanks #poetry #photography

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Here is the Verse First Prompt:

WALK IN GRATITUDE

Today’s is another simple prompt. Take a walk. On that walk, observe your surroundings with an eye of gratitude. When you return to your writing-table, quickly write down your observations, then refine them; burn away the dross to reveal a poem that will imbue your readers with gratitude, too.
Look out
upon this bare world
cold, snow etched horizon
life stripped by season’s storm
where hides the sun?
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 I sit in reflection
scanning my forest
I walk in this dream
never to awaken
to cold cruelty again
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I watch life
it smiles at me
So Thankful
to have lived
to see this day
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To each of you  I wish hope for a time of Thanksgiving. Enjoy time to spend in warmth with friends and family.

Thankfully #Thanksgiving #heart #giving

There is always more to look at

always more to see

There are hands given for work

A mind to keep us in thought

and the oddest thing

a heart

one moment it lies

another it breaks

and remarkably the next

it reaches out for another

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This is such a day

To be thankful for what you have

and to be thankful for what you do not have

for many fraught with troubles

have no way out

unless

yes

unless you

the very you with the hands and a mind

reaches past what is comfortable

and touches with

your heart

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In my life,  I have been blessed to meet amazing people who had so very little yet had a great capacity for love and thankfulness. I have seen much in this year –  darkness and light/ kindness and cruelty. I am thankful today for life and you. For you make the day seem brighter and life sweeter – Happy Thanksgiving !!!!