Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three shares excerpts from a trio of Thanksgiving poems. May all Americans enjoy the bounty of this season of giving thanks.

✦ Marjorie Saiser's "Thanksgiving for Two":

[. . .]
We are the feast, plenty of years,
arguments. I'm thinking the whole bundle of it
rolls out like a white tablecloth. [. . .]

Marjorie Saiser Website

✦ W.S. Merwin's "Thanks" from Migration: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2005):

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 [. . . .]

W.S. Merwin at The Merwin Conservancy

✦ Maureen E. Doallas's "We're used to giving":

[. . .]
We want
in giving

thanks and praise

for what's not
seen —

the work
below, in ground;

the roots
that channel deep

and hold
what binds

us. What works
long past our fear

feeds what love
must draw from time.

My poem was written specifically for the Escape Into Life Thanksgiving feature. Also offered are poems by Susan Rich, Richard Jones, and Robert Lee Brewer.

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