Friday, February 25, 2022

Poetry Friday: Wild Gratitude

Today I'm sharing Edward Hirsch's "Wild Gratitude" because I keep learning and relearning what it means to offer praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude doesn't look the same from year to year, month to month, day to day, or even minute to minute. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the gifts that have made their way into my life and other days I'm holding on to gratitude as if it's a gossamer strand I could lose if I blink. Those are the days I most need to sit down with my journal and simpy write, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, and most of all? Thank you. 

 Wild Gratitude

by Edward Hirsch

Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, Zooey,
And put my fingers into her clean cat’s mouth,
And rubbed her swollen belly that will never know kittens,
And watched her wriggle onto her side, pawing the air,
And listened to her solemn little squeals of delight,
I was thinking about the poet, Christopher Smart,
Who wanted to kneel down and pray without ceasing
In every one of the splintered London streets,

(Read the whole poem at Edward Hirsch's website.)


She and the Poetry Sisters have been up to their usual Amazing-ness. 
Thank you, Poetry Sisters. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 


Tabatha said...

What a poem! Wowsa. Thank you, Karen xo

tanita✿davis said...

I am ALWAYS here for Christopher Smart-adjacent poetry. Love that poem SO much. Thank YOU for reminding me of the day I read it, and had a little brain-spark, thinking of how every living being we encounter has its own little praise dance. Thank you for your dance, too.

Mary Lee said...

Oh, that last stanza! Thanks you for this. Much needed today!

mbhmaine said...

This is one to linger in. That final line is gorgeous and I love what Tanita said in her comment, "every living being we encounter has its own little praise dance." Thank you so much for sharing this poem today.

Patricia Franz said...

Beautiful poem; thank you for sharing...for "teaching us how to praise..."