We Are Saying Thank You

Traveling.2My friend Emalie recommended an author new to me ——- Anne Lamott. Her book Traveling Mercies begins with this most remarkable poem.

Thanks

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 looking out

 in different 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

in a culture up to its chin in shame

living in the stench it has chosen 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 back door

and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you

in the banks we are saying thank you

with the crooks in office with the rich and fashionable

unchanged 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 like the earth

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

From Migration: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Copyright © 1988 by W. S. Merwin.

These words just grab me, reminding me of so many people I know who are broken with cancer, reminding me of our broken political mess in Washington, reminding me of nightly news headlines — one atrocity after another.ONeillQuote

Imagine your broken places glued together by God’s grace. How comforting to know we are all mending. Merwin’s poem reminds us of the need to say thank you.

Giving thanks is a prayer, a muscle needing exercise, a reminder, joy.

I thank God today for His grace, His mercy, and and His never-failing love.

JoyMartell

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