Happy Thanksgiving

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A List of Praises
Anne Porter

Give praise with psalms that tell the trees to sing,
Give praise with Gospel choirs in storefront churches,
Mad with the joy of the Sabbath,
Give praise with the babble of infants, who wake with the sun,
Give praise with children chanting their skip-rope rhymes,
A poetry not in books, a vagrant mischievous poetry
living wild on the Streets through generations of children.

Give praise with the sound of the milk-train far away
With its mutter of wheels and long-drawn-out sweet whistle
As it speeds through the fields of sleep at three in the morning,
Give praise with the immense and peaceful sigh
Of the wind in the pinewoods,
At night give praise with starry silences.

Give praise with the skirling of seagulls
And the rattle and flap of sails
And gongs of buoys rocked by the sea-swell
Out in the shipping-lanes beyond the harbor.
Give praise with the humpback whales,
Huge in the ocean they sing to one another.

Read the entire poem here.

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23 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Sandy
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    says:

    That is beautiful! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  2. JoAnn
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    says:

    Beautiful… Happy Thanksgiving, Carrie!
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  3. Kathy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  4. What a lovely poem. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  5. Michelle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well! I hope you have a wonderful (and at least partially) relaxing day. :)
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  6. That is a beautiful poem and photo.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Carrie. I hope you and your family have a great day.
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  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Carrie1
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  8. That is a lovely poem, Carrie. Thank you. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  9. Sally says:

    I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed, Carrie.
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  10. Excellent poem, Carrie. Thanks for sharing. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good ‘un. :)
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  11. stacybuckeye says:

    I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!
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  12. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
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    says:

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
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