As the holiday season begins, it is such a wonderful time of year to focus on gratitude and begin to count all of the blessings in our lives. Everyday is a good day to practice “Thanksgiving”, so wherever you are in the world, may you have a joyful day sharing with family and friends and celebrating the beauty of life. I especially want to express my gratitude to all who share the journey with me here and participate in The Heart Of Awakening Community.
I shared some poems as part of a holiday message I sent out today and felt to share those poems here, too. It’s been a few weeks without a “Poem Of The Week” post so this should catch us up a bit. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a great lover of poetry and quotes. I tend to bring quotes and poetry into many of my experiences. Whether gathering with friends and family, leading a group or just looking for ideas for my writing or my life, I find the words of others to open a gateway to inspiration and exploration.
Here are a few poems which speak to the spirit of Thanksgiving for you to explore!
Love & light,
Charles Reznikoff’s short poem, “Te Deum”, takes its name from an early Christian hymn of praise:
Not because of victories
but for the common sunshine,
the largess of the spring.
Not for victory
but for the day’s work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.
“The Thanksgivings” is a poem translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse in 1908 from a traditional Iroquois song:
We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit’s music, and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies on this occasion.
And, finally, “Rumi’s Poem Of Thanksgiving”:
Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself.
One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift!
Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty;
the bounty is its shell,
For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved.
Abundance alone brings heedlessness, thanksgiving gives
birth to alertness.
The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you,
and you will bestow a hundred bounties in return.
Eat your fill of God’s delicacies,
and you will be freed from hunger and begging.