Giving Thanks Giving thanks In times of despair In times of division In times of destruction Giving thanks How can I? Why must I? In giving thanks, I search below the heartache Of loss and hardship I seek meaning In the everyday Finding appreciation – even gratitude. I whisper an alleluia For the beauty Of my garden – now put to bed Resting, restoring While winter settles in. The garden is my delight In the leaf embedded soil I see HOPE I smile As the first snow flies Squalling around my car I utter thanks for my studded snows For the ability to buy them, The work of those who made them, mounted, aligned And balanced them. As I drive, musically now, down the road I wonder if maybe my tires Hold a lesson for me. Might winter quiet Hold moments for me to balance, align? I give thanks for my wood stove Precious are the moments spent Sitting in quiet stillness Knowing the warmth Of flames embracing logs, Creating coals Sharing heat. Giving thanks for the trees, the “wood guy” The hands that stacked and the ability, now, to build a fire Giving thanks For the quiet comfort Moments spent alone and with others. How might I radiate that warmth? Giving thanks. Our winter world is greying now The shroud of clouds Fitting for the empty trees and the brown, leafed oaks I give thanks for the colors The reds of the cardinals, rich browns of the remaining robins The red berries they hunger for I am eager to give them seeds Wondering – have black bears hunkered down yet? Giving thanks For the birds of winter Families gathering for holidays Despite so many holes So much loss Families finding the courage and strength To gather and go on. To share a meal of thanksgiving For all remaining And memories of those past To persevere in life While holding grief and, maybe, ambiguous loss The loss of so much gone But breath remaining Families finding gratitude nevertheless Giving thanks. Friends, Our chose companions Giving thanks Thanks for the laughter For the fun times – Created in a landscape Of loss and fear During this time of Pandemic and political ugliness This time of dangerous division Giving thanks for the love The kindness The loyalty Of friends. Giving thanks For the joy of having a partner A companion for life Giving thanks for my husband For the jars he opens The computer confusion he clears up For the love he shows By supporting my commitment To care for my dad Separating us for so many nights So many meals So many miles Giving thanks. The trees, the birds, the earth Our world The people The People For these I give Thanks It is where I know Love, joy and hope It is where I see God. Happy Thanksgiving!