A Poem of Thanks

I discovered this poem and it reminded me of a friend, who left us when way too young for that. He comes often to my mind.  His birthday is coming up soon.

Happy Birthday Nic –
this bright morning,
mourning that
we cannot offer you presents
for your presence is
the one thing we would give
anything for.
You are absent, yet
here is our present:
our future each year
from now,
to take the past
and shake from its
laden branches
all the gifts you once gave
which lie, wrapped in memories
waiting again and again
for their joyful opening,
and our enduring thanks.

By Kester Brewin (http://www.kesterbrewin.com/2012/11/22/happy-birthday-nic-a-poem-of-thanks/)

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5 comments on “A Poem of Thanks

  1. pixilated2 says:

    This was very timely for me. Thank you for posting it. ~Lynda

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    • Bill says:

      I’m glad of that Lynda. The poem resonated with me, especially the lines:

      to take the past
      and shake from its
      laden branches
      all the gifts you once gave
      which lie wrapped in memories
      waiting again and again
      for their joyful opening,
      and our enduring thanks

      I find that to be a particularly beautiful image.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    That’s the wonder of memory and its gifts. They can be unwrapped again and again, and nothing ever is lost. It’s a lovely poem.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I just found this post about Wendell Berry over at Matt and Jojang’s blog. It’s wonderful.

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    • Bill says:

      I LOVE it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Mr. Berry speaks with a prophet’s voice. I would truly love to sit around a wood stove, chatting with the Berrys (and likely having him chide me for how I use the word “love”). 🙂
      thanks again

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