Thank You

November 19, 2010

Sacred Site

Reaching across the waters and the hours, the mountain ranges and the unshed tears, to the broken and the mended hearts, the shattered lives and those that have reconfigured themselves in astonishing new ways, to you who have crawled across the hot sands of your losses to drink from the oasis of your own deep quiet, and those of you who wish to: I offer you my thanks.  You are companions in this wilderness of yearning and inexplicable sweetness.

As families and friends gather to celebrate this season, I want you to know that I recognize you hovering on the edges of the circle of life, wondering where and when and even if you can re-enter the stream after all you have been through.  And I bow to you.

All will be well.

I offer a favorite poem by a favorite poet:

Thanks

by W. S. Merwin

Listen

with the night falling we are saying thank you

we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings

we are running out of the glass rooms

with our mouths full of food to look at the sky

and say thank you

we are standing by the water thanking it

smiling by the windows looking out

in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging

after funerals we are saying thank you

after the news of the dead

whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you

in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators

remembering wars and the police at the door

and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you

in the banks we are saying thank you

in the faces of the officials and the rich

and of all who will never change

we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us

our lost feelings we are saying thank you

with the forests falling faster than the minutes

of our lives we are saying thank you

with the words going out like cells of a brain

with the cities growing over us

we are saying thank you faster and faster

with nobody listening we are saying thank you

we are saying thank you and waving

dark though it is

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4 Responses to “Thank You”

  1. abigail lewis said

    I’m touched and torn by this. Thank you. (found it via Diana Rico/FB)

  2. M. Bennett said

    This poem is a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

  3. dovalpage said

    So beautiful, so sad and yet…uplifting in the end. Gracias for sharing!

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