Thanksgiving never meant a lot to me until a couple of years ago. It is not celebrated in Ireland but there have been moves, by the Irish Hospice Foundation among others, to make it a day on which we say ‘thank you’ to those who have impacted on our lives.
One of the huge influences in my life in the last year has been a poetry thread which I started on the Linkedin Group ~ TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. It has drawn interest from people all over the world, with over 8,000 posting now, and continues to be a source of huge satisfaction, inspiration, fun and, most importantly, friendship.
The first line I posted was written by the great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams and I must say that the level of mutual respect within the group has been wonderful.
So, I would like to give thanks this year on Thanksgiving Day to all those who have contributed to the poetry thread since its inception. It is just amazing to wake to poetry which has been posted over night ~ poetry which inspires, makes me smile, think, cry, hope and, most importantly, feel fully alive and connected.
I have chosen this poem from Denise Leverov to mark the day because it is about gratitude but also brings to mind the fact that the poetry thread is one that never sleeps because it draws people together from right across the globe.
To all the wonderful contributors, I say a big ‘thank you’ on this day for giving thanks.
That Passeth All Understanding
An awe so quiet
I don’t know when it began.
to sing in me.
song from no song?
When does dewfall begin?
When does night
fold its arms over our hearts
to cherish them?
When is daybreak?