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Gratitude in Joy Sorrow, poem by Peter Menkin
by Peter Menkin
08/11/09
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Gratitude I have--
Had--
This sense of acceptance,
Called giving thanks in a praise.
Of words,
And thoughts for God, Creator
And sustainer—
My gratitude for my preservation,
Bringing me to this new day--
As the Prayer goes.

How kind the thought comes
Of the goodness of God, though
Sorrow is our lot.
As is said, “Human condition.”
Contradiction. For sorrow is the daily sense,
The feeling, the experience, the existential
Day that finds the Other.
In gratitude.


Contradiction. Yes, we are in sorrow
Of the body, of the head, of the experience
Of living that at the same time is joy.
That enveloping experience of emotion—
A happiness that is not happiness.

But the mystery of gratitude for
Joy, sense of kind thought and human condition
And thoughts for God, Creator.
As the Prayer goes in Christ.
We are thankful in living for life, the gift;
In gratitude, in gratitude again
For our Creation.
As the prayer goes in Christ.


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Susan Colpitts 19 Nov 2009
Peter, An amazing poem that expresses the great contradictions- sorrow, joy, “a happiness that is not happiness”- between our world’s view and God’s. This peace/joy that Christ gives us is “not as the world gives’”. A spiritually inspiring poem that has been Spirit inspired. Sue




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