MeetingTheBar: Thanksgiving Turkey with a side of Poetry – Thankful



My alarm awakens me

I am thankful.

Out of bed I manage to get vertical

I am thankful.

I remember where the bathroom is

I am thankful.

My old house creaks its recognition of me

I am thankful.

I am relatively independent,

I can feed and clothe myself

Cook my own dinner

Wash and wipe up

I have much to be thankful for.


My phone rings, my daughter calls

I am thankful

She confides in me, asks advice

I am thankful

Says she is looking forward to our visit

I am thankful

I remember my grandson’s birthday

I am thankful.

As time stretches, years go by

A generation removed grows up around me

I marvel at what they can do

Tiny gadgets achieving so much

I have much to be thankful for.


My lover says she still loves me

I am thankful

She holds my failing body

I am thankful

We sit watching the sunset, aware of the irony

I am thankful

I look into her eyes as we snuggle in bed


Written for:

We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia, but there is always much to be thankful for.

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35 Responses to MeetingTheBar: Thanksgiving Turkey with a side of Poetry – Thankful

  1. brian miller says:

    thank goodness for lovers still loving you…ha….excellent take on the prompt…
    my initial thought was to do a moment by moment thankfulness…and you nailed it
    ah to remember to think this way every day…now that is the trick…smiles.

  2. Gabriella says:

    Brian stole the words out of my mouth, or should I say out of my keyboard. I love your list and your use of repetition, Michael!

  3. I loved the way you used ‘I Am Thankful’ as refrain for all your wonderful treasures of living that still do bless you alive and well…

    The more meaning and blessings we find in life.. the more light of life.. bless us and ours the same as true…

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.. as well in Loving Thanksgiving LIGHT!..:)

  4. Prajakta says:

    This is simply beautiful Michael. To appreciate the intangible moments of life that stay long after the material ones.

  5. JackieP says:

    Very touching Michael. We do have things to be thankful for every day, I just have to remember them.

  6. claudia says:

    being thankful for the things we often take for granted… that we can get out of bed in the morning without help… a bathroom with warm water… and the people that we love and that love us… happy thanksgiving to you tommy…

  7. Oh indeed.. I love that mantra of things to be thankful for.. There are so much for.. And I think repeating it over and over might help.

  8. Lyn says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with Brian and Bjorn. We have so much to be thankful for and reminding ourselves over and over is a good way to remember. This was beautiful, Michael.

  9. To be thankful, something we do not verbalise nearly enough. Glad that you got some snuggling in.

  10. kaykuala h says:

    So much to be thankful for. But in life not many appreciate and extend that thankfulness which manifests itself so blatantly in front of our eyes. Instead unwittingly one may immerse oneself in self pity expecting for more! Great thoughts Michael!


  11. Kathy Reed says:

    I like the beginning with the call from your daughter…you made this poem personal and poignant with your thoughtful words.

  12. othermary says:

    What a very touching thank you.

  13. mandy says:

    So sweet, Michael.

  14. lynn__ says:

    Your grateful thoughts have spread thanksgiving cheer…thank you for sharing!

  15. For every moment, every day, every year of time that we have with those we love, there is so much to be thankful for. And I thank you for your gentle reminder.

  16. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    A lot to be thankful for!

  17. Most likely, I don’t need to tell you how much I relate to this. It’s good to remember to be grateful–everyday!

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