Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanks Giving Day to All Living Beings...

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—

and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf

and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind

and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent

Owl at dawn.

Breath of our song clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,

freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;

self-complete, brave and aware

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;

holding or releasing; streaming through all

our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through

trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where

bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky

who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—

beyond all powers, and thoughts

and yet is within us—

Grandfather Space.

The Mind is his Wife.

so be it.

Prayer for the Great Family / after a Mohawk prayer

Gary Snyder, Turtle IslandNew Directions, New York, 1974, pp. 24-25


  1. Gratitude for you, my wonderful friend! Happy thanksgiving,
    love, Karin

  2. I also post this with great and tremendous gratitude. I am so glad to find you through Karin, so glad you are there for her, so glad I received your book today (Patience is so far, my favorite:)

  3. thanks K...what a great time with the whole gang...10 of us and a laugh a minute for two days.

    Hi good to find you here on this lovely thanks giving weekend...the poem 'Patience' came as I cared for Nanny in her most challenging days...calming and gentling were so important as Nanny became more and more distrustful of all who cared for her.


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