Giving Thanks #thanksgiving

red-fall

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.

 

 

Do it to the least #devotion #poetry

 

 

magnoliaYour arms gentle and smooth

encircle me frail and chill

I curl up into a ball

afraid of life’s  battering spill

“no matter” your words sooth

as you thoughtful pick me up

straightening  my shoulders

warming me from your own cup

Your kindness starts at your smile

rises up in your eyes

like the clearest blue dawn

radiance of clear summer skies

I am healed and reclaimed

never to be alone

and it is because of you

that I face a new horizon

so I purpose in my life

to carry forth is all  I ask

open these once empty arms

to the least  such a  small task

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

~ Matthew 25:40

If we can but reach out with small tasks to the least of us-  what a vibrant warmth will be in our world  and on our horizon.

 

The Harvest Celebration #haiku #tanrenga #poetry

Here is our first Tan Renga starting haiku written by Jessica of Like an Apple; Jessica wrote this haiku in response on our kigo ‘scarecrow’ (Kakashi).

Stanza 1 (5-7-5) ~ Jessica
wind jostles the scarecrow
near the heavy-hung cornstalks
the summer is spent

Stanza 2 (7-7) ~ me 

lonely in the cold of day

bonfires to warm the dance tonight

Even scarecrows need to have some harvest celebration!

Celebrate with us at Carpe Diem as we spend the month writing Tan Renga.  Tan Renga is a short-linked poem (written by two poets) which has two stanzas. The first stanza has 5-7-5 syllables and the second stanza has 7-7 syllables. The second stanza is a response to the first and has to have a ‘kind of link’ with the first stanza, I call that link an echo of the first stanza. Try your hand at Tan Renga.