A tempest blew a rainbow in my face
so that I wanted to fall under the rain
to kiss the hands of the old woman to whom I gave my seat
to thank everyone for the fact that they exist
and at times even feel like smiling
I was grateful to young leaves that they were willing
to open up to the sun
to babies that they still
felt like coming into this world
to the old that they heroically
endure until the end
I was full of thanks
like a Sunday alms-box
I would have embraced death
if she’d stopped nearby

Gratitude is a scattered
homeless love

–ANNA KAMIEŃSKA, from Astonishments, Selected Poems, trans. Grażyna Drabik and David Curzon

A little Thanksgiving reflection–


  1. Anonymous says: Reply

    May God bless Anna Kamienska.

  2. Lisa Porter says: Reply

    Thank you, Heather, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you, dear Heather. A day like this, and offerings such as yours, are good reminders to “give thanks in all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And, according to WikiQuote, Meister Elkhart, in his Sermon XXVII, says this: “If a man had no more to do with God than to be thankful, that would suffice.” Heather, I am thankful that you chose to follow your vocation as a writer. Happiest of thanksgiving days to you.

  4. Michael Demers says: Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving, Heather!

  5. I like this! HAPPY THANKSGIVING, HEATHER! With Love, Jeff & Maxine

  6. Anne Mallampalli says: Reply

    Just so nice. Thank you, Heather. Prayed for you right after mass today as I always do: Anima Christi.

  7. Anonymous says: Reply

    beautiful poem! heartfelt!

  8. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    Bless you all! I’m so grateful for these lovely Thanksgiving and beyond greetings/thoughts. Yes, that Meister Eckhart quote–I know it as “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you,’ that would be enough” is that last sentence of my first book, PARCHED…Anyway, I had a rich, full day and hope you all did, too…a little breather and then Advent…i.e. more adventures ahead.

  9. Ingrid Christensen says: Reply

    Thank you. Gratitude is powerful.


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