For Thanks-giving

I gave,
to a friend that I care for deeply,
something that I loved.
It was only a small

extremely shapely bone
that came from the ear
of a whale.
It hurt a little

to give it away.
The next morning
I went out, as usual.
at sunrise,

and there, in the harbor,
was a swan.
I don’t know
what he or she was doing there,

but the beauty of it
was gift.
Do you see what I mean?
You give, and you are given.

– Mary Oliver, “Evidence,” Beacon Press: 2009.

For the simple gifts – kindness, a listening ear, a hug, a meal, a note or email, a prayer, family, and friends – for these I gave thanks. For you I give thanks.

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About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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2 Responses to For Thanks-giving

  1. Jan says:

    Thank you. Beautiful poem. I give thanks for you daily.

  2. Diane says:

    oh, that was beautiful! "you give, and you are given." I'll remember that for a long time!!!

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