Poetry

Classic Gratitude Poems – Joy Harjo, Mary Oliver, MORE

Gratitude should guide our daily lives, and indeed it is at the heart of a different way of being, and as John Pattison and I have argued in SLOW CHURCH, it is at the heart of a different sort of economy.  Here are a few classic gratitude poems that express thankfulness for the abundant life of creation.
 

Praise Song for the Day
Elizabeth Alexander

 
SNIPPET:

Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other’s
eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.

All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din, each
one of our ancestors on our tongues.

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