E.E. Cummings and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving I am sending my gratitude from the beaches of San Diego. This year has been incredible and I’m looking down the barrel of a pretty incredible 2012 as well. Between finishing up the academic part of seminary, writing and presenting a thesis, successfully completing CPE… Then there’s that whole getting married and starting my internship thing. It’s been a great year. That being said, this E.E. Cummings poem has been circling my brain thinking about gratitude.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

In light of all that is happening in the world this year, I think we could all do worse than being thankful for awakened ears and opened eyes.

How are you spending this Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?

Let’s make a deal — if you have some extra turkey for me, I’ll have some extra coconut shrimp for you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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