Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

There are many things I'm thankful for.

Having Elka has changed and enriched my life in a fantastic way. The fact that I can share these experiences with my friends, my family, and you fine people is pretty amazing.


I'm thankful for my job. I'm thankful for the roof over my head. I'm thankful for my fiancĂ©. I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful for my dog. I'm thankful for my love of writing, and my enjoyment of it. I'm thankful for the readers of this blog. I'm thankful for my love of reading.

I'm sure I've mentioned in passing here that I don't much like poetry. I've talked about it on my writing blog (which is not family friendly, so any of my younger cousins reading this, please don't get me in trouble with your parents!)

There are some poets that I like, though. Mary Oliver is somebody I'm reading recently. T.S. Elliot I like. Allen Ginsberg (and it delights me to no end that somebody on Twitter tweets a line from Howl every hour) (Howl is also not family friendly, depending on the age. I read it first my Freshman year of college. At the end of this post, I'm going to be very thankful for my family. And their understanding that I'm a grown up and use grown up words sometimes). But yeah, Mary Oliver. In New and Selected Poems, Volume II, she wrote Percy, about her dog. Part 1 is Monday Mischief worthy, about a chewed book. Part 2 is pure dog love.


Percy

(One)

Our new dog, named for the beloved poet,
ate a book which unfortunately we had
left unguarded.
Fortunately, it was the Bhagavad Gita,
of which many copies are available.
Every day now, as Percy grows
into the beauty of his life, we touch
his wild, curly head and say,

"Oh, wisest of little dogs."

(Two)

I have a little dog who likes to nap with me.
He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck.
He is sweeter than soap.
He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace,
which can't even bark.
I would like to take him to Kashmir and the Ukraine,
and Jerusalem and Palestine and Iraq and Darfur,
that the sorrowing thousands might see his laughing mouth.
I would like to take him to Washington, right into
the oval office
where Donald Rumsfeld would crawl out of the president's 
armpit
and kneel down on the carpet, and romp like a boy.

For once, for a moment, a rational man.






10 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  2. We wish you all a marvelous terrific Thanksgiving and we hope your day is a joyous one.
    Our very best wishes on your special day. Molly

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  3. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with xxl-turkey ;o)

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful turkey day
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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  5. Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

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  6. I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  7. I rather enjoy poetry, and I'd never read the poems you used here. I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  8. That one by Mary Oliver is new to me. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

    Hope you enjoyed a lovely holiday!

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