Odyssey


 


On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. William Jennings Bryan

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. Native American saying

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. R W Emerson



Thanksgiving
Hope springing
Ocean defying
Nations singing


Keel unshaken
Stem to stern
Grit well proven
In the storm


Victuals supplied
Ingenuity tried
New acres betide
God's blessing

 

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Wishing all American friends and colleagues a Joyful Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

Comments 4

 
Virginia M Macasaet on Thursday, 27 November 2014 21:50

Amen, amen, AMEN!!!

Amen, amen, AMEN!!!
Anonymous on Saturday, 29 November 2014 04:53

Before I get to the poem, which I did enjoy, I have to comment on the Native American saying. It comes surprisingly close to a line from
The Lord's Prayer the way I say it when I'm alone. It's as close as we can get to a direct translation from the original Greek in which it
was first spoken. The line is, "... the meal still to come grant even today..." Isn't that surprisingly similar to that of the indigenous American who never heard of The Lord's Prayer? (I assume.)

The poem as with all of yours that I've read is worth several readings. Could it be called an extended haiku? Or no need to label it? As always the accompanying images are excellent. Do you have a collection of these? Anyway, I'm a day late -- which is a lifetime style
with me -- but I hope you enjoyed 28 November and 29 as well. As for 30 and the days and months to follow, knock yourself out!

Before I get to the poem, which I did enjoy, I have to comment on the Native American saying. It comes surprisingly close to a line from The Lord's Prayer the way I say it when I'm alone. It's as close as we can get to a direct translation from the original Greek in which it was first spoken. The line is, "... the meal still to come grant even today..." Isn't that surprisingly similar to that of the indigenous American who never heard of The Lord's Prayer? (I assume.) The poem as with all of yours that I've read is worth several readings. Could it be called an extended haiku? Or no need to label it? As always the accompanying images are excellent. Do you have a collection of these? Anyway, I'm a day late -- which is a lifetime style with me -- but I hope you enjoyed 28 November and 29 as well. As for 30 and the days and months to follow, knock yourself out!
Anonymous on Saturday, 29 November 2014 04:56

As you can see my machine still scrambles the lines after I submit. Sorry. I guess I have to bring in outside help.

As you can see my machine still scrambles the lines after I submit. Sorry. I guess I have to bring in outside help.
Rosy Cole on Saturday, 29 November 2014 10:24

Yes, that phrase does come close in sense and essence to the Lord's Prayer. Perhaps it's not really surprising that different cultures create the same patterns since we are all made in God's image. But it's a good point and well worth reflecting upon.

I'm delighted you enjoyed the poem. I don't think this one needs a label. It doesn't strictly conform to haiku. It is what it is. My only published (eclectic) collection of poems is The Twain, Poems of Earth and Ether. Two other collections are in preparation.

Although Black Friday has become a feature in Britain, due to consumerism and the proximity of Christmas, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the way Americans do, since, as a nation, we have not abandoned our history and made the odyssey to a New World. (Christians of all persuasions do have a church Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, though, which they set themselves on various dates in early autumn.)

Thanks for reading, Charlie, and for your kind wishes. I hope you are all set for a healthier and happier era now.

Yes, that phrase does come close in sense and essence to the Lord's Prayer. Perhaps it's not really surprising that different cultures create the same patterns since we are all made in God's image. But it's a good point and well worth reflecting upon. I'm delighted you enjoyed the poem. I don't think this one needs a label. It doesn't strictly conform to haiku. It is what it is. My only published (eclectic) collection of poems is [i]The Twain, Poems of Earth and Ether[/i]. Two other collections are in preparation. Although Black Friday has become a feature in Britain, due to consumerism and the proximity of Christmas, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the way Americans do, since, as a nation, we have not abandoned our history and made the odyssey to a New World. (Christians of all persuasions do have a church Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, though, which they set themselves on various dates in early autumn.) Thanks for reading, Charlie, and for your kind wishes. I hope you are all set for a healthier and happier era now.
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