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.
 

Without this— there is nought
Emily Dickinson

 

*** Books by Emily Dickinson

 

Without this— there is nought—
All other Riches be
As is the Twitter of a Bird—
Heard opposite the Sea—

I could not care— to gain
A lesser than the Whole—
For did not this include themself—
As Seams— include the Ball?

I wished a way might be
My Heart to subdivide—
‘Twould magnify— the Gratitude—
And not reduce— the Gold—

 
 

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