I’m thankful for the gloaming,
old hymns in minor keys,
For Reepicheep the Valiant
and our comfortable Jeep.
Forgiveness for besetting sins;
wood that crackles while it heats,
Bach’s glorious Passacaglia,
fresh mint in my smoothie.
For long long-distance phone calls,
long interlibrary loans,
long BBC programmes,
long tables set with love.
I’m grateful for grandsons, boisterous and brave,
for solo granddaughter’s exuberant cheers,
for garlic in olive oil, for book-lined walls,
for Welsh men’s voices, giving me thrills.
Pumpkin soup, spicy cauliflower,
Billy Collins’ poems, a good red,
Jack Johnson on a Friday night,
and uninterrupted sleep.
Truth, beauty and goodness,
goodness and mercy —
a life bejeweled in mercy.
For bedtime laughter,
freedom from debt.
I praise God for reconciliation,
John Rutter and
friends who want my books.
For the long lens,
alliteration and articulation.
For the befluttering be-prefix,
Besotted am I—beguiled—,
Extended family, a wedding in Maine, lingering memories.
Gathering from distant corners,
beauty bedecked with generosity.
Finding new friendship with old friends,
Finding old friendship with new friends,
kinship renewed, connections rekindled.
For a sister who suffers
Yet bears it with grace,
When tempted to complain.
Pesto, bubble wrap, a man and guitar on a stage,
Asparagus, steam, good water from the tap.
Sons who move in with their elderly mothers,
Daughters-in-law who joyfully rearrange life.
I’m thankful for the death of death,
for mingled tears, for clean grief.
For new widows who’ve discovered joy (!)
in the suburbs of sorrow.
Asian noodle salad, cilantro, Athanasius.
I will always be grateful for Athanasius.
I give thanks for comfy sweaters, for jeans that fit,
Direct communication and southern windows.
For a working esophagus, for toenails and elbows,
For friends who travel and post pictures,
Different cultures, different customs,
Countless gifts of love.