Claiming Grace Out Proud

Giving thanks
for insight
outside normal space
grows more grace
than taking from fertile Earth
without gratitude
thoughtless everyday attitude.

We give thanks
gathered here today
for all God’s edibles
and ornaments
surpassing even sacred platitudes,
obscure beatitudes.

I give thanks
for this our timeless gathering
of family
proclaimed, not defamed
together more holy felt
than severed when apart.

Taking from Earth
without gratitude
heartless attitude
slow grows groaning grace,
our disturbing pace
before this silent pause

this sacred space
for giving thanks.


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