Poetry Friday: Gratitude

For my poetry friends in the US, I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Thanksgiving celebrations with friends and family you love. Even if you didn’t celebrate yesterday, I hope we all have much to be thankful for even amidst the turmoil of life.

One of the things I am thankful for is this poetry community. I continue to learn and grow in my writing practices as I write, read and share with so many generous and talented writers. This year, I am especially thankful to be included in the third volume of Today’s Little Ditty. My copy arrived in the mail this week, and I have enjoyed sharing it! Many thanks to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes for inspiring us each month with the challenges and to the committee who read and selected the poems.

Here is a small poem for today in honor of gratitude, something I’m trying to cultivate more of in my life every day.

Clap you hands
and stomp your feet
or maybe share
a quiet smile
with contented sighs.
Look at the world
with adoring eyes
and let your heart
overflow with
gratitude.

Each Friday, I am excited to take part in Poetry Friday, where writers share their love of all things poetry. Bridget hosts the Poetry Friday Roundup today at wee words for wee ones. She shares the experience of celebrating Thanksgiving from afar–all the way in Switzerland. Hurry over and check out all the poetry morsels offered up today.

26 Comments on Poetry Friday: Gratitude

  1. janice scully
    December 3, 2019 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    Loved your poem. “Look at the world/ with adoring eyes” Yes, indeed!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 6, 2019 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Janice!

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  2. Michelle Kogan
    December 2, 2019 at 12:48 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the many good things to remember and practice in your poem Kay, especially gratitude, which we can always use more of.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 6, 2019 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Michelle. I try to make gratitude a daily habit. It definitely improves my attitude!

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  3. Bridget Magee
    December 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your poem! Those ‘adoring eyes’ – so necessary these days! I’m happy to be a part of this poetry community with poets like you. =)

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 1, 2019 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Bridget. I am grateful every week for the Poetry Friday Community.

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  4. Tabatha
    November 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I like your “adoring eyes” too. Didn’t the TLD collection turn out well??
    We put up a “Thanksgiving Tree” every November and write “gratitude leaves.” It’s always so interesting to read them!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 1, 2019 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Tabatha. I love the idea of a Thanksgiving tree.

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  5. Buffy Silverman
    November 30, 2019 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Grateful for your gratitude poem… and for sharing space in this lovely anthology with you!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 1, 2019 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Buffy. I’m honored to be sharing space with so many talented writers.

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  6. Mary Lee Hahn
    November 30, 2019 at 8:26 am (2 years ago)

    Here’s to poetry, to the PF community, and to the power of GRATITUDE!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      December 1, 2019 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Here, here! Thanks, Mary Lee, for all you do for this community.

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  7. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    November 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Many thanks to YOU, Kay, for participating in the challenges and being part of the TLD community! I’m proud to have “A Taste of Fall” grace this book’s pages. Your gratitude poem fills me with gratitude!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww…thanks, Michelle. You’re making me blush. I’m honored to share pages with so many talented poets.

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  8. Ruth
    November 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Nice! And congratulations on being in the anthology!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ruth. I’m more than a little excited.

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  9. cheriee weichel
    November 29, 2019 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your poem reminding us all to be grateful. Today I am grateful to be taking my two grandkids out for the day.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Cheriee. Enjoy your day with the grandkids.

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  10. jama
    November 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the lovely poem, Kay. There is always something to be grateful for, even amidst turbulent, trying times. Every day should be a thanksgiving.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Jama. I try to look for things to be grateful for every day.

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  11. Linda Baie
    November 29, 2019 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    I like this thought, Kay: “look at the world with adoring eyes”, wishing that everyone felt such gratitude. And Yes, the new TLD volume is wonderful! Thanks for all!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Linda. I was watching my dog when I got inspired for that line. Dogs show such love and gratitude for the simplest things.

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  12. Amy
    November 29, 2019 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love your sweet poem.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Amy.

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  13. Donna
    November 29, 2019 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    Poetry has long been important to me, but it’s even more essential these days. Some feelings, thoughts, and prayers can only be expressed that way. Thank you for sharing yours!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      November 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Donna. Poetry helps me with so much. It is definitely necessary in my life.

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